ICC accepts Dr.David Matsanga in Uhuru case
A Ugandan scholar has been allowed to make observations to the International Criminal Court in the cases involving President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.
Dr David Matsanga is scheduled to appear before the Hague-based court on 5 July as a “friend of the court” or amicus curiae.
He said he was pushing for the case against President Kenyatta to be dropped because the prosecutor’s office had resorted to interrogating his financial records after key witnesses pulled out.
He said he would seek to show how the court had been misled by the office of the prosecutor on several occasions.
“The recent ruling on the financial statements of Mr Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is, in my respectful submission, one most deleterious to the court’s standing. Hence my application for amicus curiae status in this case,” reads Dr Matsanga’s court papers.
According to him, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda lost the cases when she said witnesses OTP4, OTP11, and OTP12 gave false testimonies.
“The same prosecutor who now seeks the financial records has called her own Mungiki witnesses liars. How exactly will the financial statements of Uhuru Kenyatta help the court when the source of information therefore has been discredited by the OTP?” says Matsanga.
He says the ICC risks losing credibility if it continues pursuing the President’s financial records.
Dr Matsanga wrote to the chamber on 28 April, seeking to be