Sky News Calls President Uhuru Kenyatta a Criminal.

3 May

If you missed Sky News Story calling our president a criminal then you can read it below:

Uhuru Kenyatta is asked to take part in a UK-
Somalia conference, months before he goes on
trial for crimes against humanity.

Britian has invited a world leader who is
indicted by the International Criminal Court to
a conference in London next week.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has been
asked to attend a conference on Somalia on
Tuesday – co-hosted by both Britain and
Somalia.
Mr Kenyatta, who won elections for the Kenyan
presidency on March 4, is due to go on trial in
July at The Hague for crimes against humanity.
He stands accused of orchestrating violence in
Kenya after the last presidential elections in
2007 and 2008 during which up to 1,500 died.
Previously, Britain had said it has policy of
only “essential contact” with anyone charged
by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
But now it appears to gone against its policy
and to have reached out to Mr Kenyatta.
A spokesman for Kenya’s High Commission in
Nairobi John Bradshaw said the High
Commissioner had delivered a letter to Mr
Kenyatta.

The commission said in a statement: “Kenya
plays a vital role on Somalia, having nearly
5,000 troops in Somalia, and hosting more
Somali refugees than any other nation.”

The statement said Mr Kenyatta and High
Commissioner Christian Turner also “discussed
how the two countries would work together
not only on the shared agendas of regional
security and stability, but also prosperity and
development”.

It added that London wanted to support
Nairobi in its aims to double UK-Kenya trade.
Mr Kenyatta’s election was predicted to pose
problems for European countries and America,
which are nervous about dealing with alleged
criminals against humanity.

Until recently, Kenya had been considered the
West’s ally in the war against Islamic
extremism centred in Somalia.

Recent gains have been made in pushing back
the al Shabaab militant group, which had come
to control parts of Somalia after the US
withdrawal in the late 1990s led to a power
vacuum.

Military victories against al Shabaab have in-
part been spearheaded from Kenya, where the
US has a base. Ethiopia has also played a
major role.

Britain is also believed to be keen to keep
Kenya on side in the fight against international
terrorism.

In 2012, The British Army Training Unit in
Kenya (BATUK) built a new base just outside
the town of Nanyuki, about 80 miles north of
Nairobi.

The London conference will be the first trip
outside Africa for Mr Kenyatta since his
election, which was held to be fraudulent by
the losing candidate Raila Odinga.

Uhuru, meaning freedom, is the son of Jomo
Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president, who was put
on trial by the ruling British colonial powers
for inciting rebellion and kept in jail for seven
years.

After independence and Kenya being declared a
republic, Jomo was promoted from interim
prime minister to president.

Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto,
who also faces trial at the ICC, have both said
they will co-operate fully with the ICC. They
deny the charges against them.

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