Photos/Video: Diaspora Kenyans who went to the Hague
We drove from London to Hague on Wednesday morning 8th October, 2014, departing about 00.15, arriving at Dover Ferry at 2.00 a.m. We took a 2 hour ferry to Dunkirk in France avoiding Calais because it shorter by 46 kilometers.
We arrived in Hague at about 9.00 a.m. in the morning having passed three countries, France, Brussels and then Netherlands well known by many as Holland.
We found the court full and we only managed to get in during the court break. The press from Kenya and around the world had camped around the magnificent ICC Court building. Everyone was the back entrance of the building, while ICC officials and President Kenyatta used the front to enter the building.
Many Kenyans came from far and wide especially from Europe and you could hear them singing and dancing around the court entrance. President Uhuru emerged from the court at about 1.30 p.m. where he was met by a large number of Kenyans singing and dancing.
He was accompanied by hundreds of Kenyans including Kenyan politicians – governors, Ministers and MPs. Among them was Minister Balala and Minister Charity Ngilu. Senator Sonko a colorful individual, who had paid 16 air tickets for his team of Kenyan activists was also present.
After addressing Kenyans outside the court, the president headed back to his hotel and later at about 5.30 p.m. he joined of Kenyans for a dinner at a seaside hotel in Hague which was organized by the Kenya Embassy in Netherlands.
Caught outside ICC Court is from left Mr. Seed, Mr. DK Kagika, Mr. Manji Wairia,
Mr. Kioi, one of the accused Mr. Sang shaking hands with Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe
The president came in as a citizen of Kenya, entering the venue quietly, greetings almost all the guests in the hotel by hand. He then took a plate and sat in a corner to for his meal. You could not believe that the president was around, such was the humble nature of this great man.
He left the hotel at about 7.00 p.m. for his hotel where he was joined again by Kenyans inside and outside the hotel singing Kenyans songs. He left the hotel for the airport at about 9.30 p.m. escorted by his wife and family. This time he emerged from the Hotel as the President of the Republic of Kenya with body guards all around the hotel and with his body guards. He took back his presidential powers at 9.00 p.m.Kenyan time where everything changed inside and outside the hotel.
A large number of Police on Motor Bike surrounded the hotel and plain clothes policemen inside and outside the hotel. As he entered his car for airport, the president was hugged by his cousin Mrs. Beth Mugo. We left the Hague for London at about 10.30 pm arriving London 3.00 am Thursday 9th October, 2014.
Wanjiru Ndungu daughter of the late Ndungu wa Kangori of Gatanga, Muranga (3rd from right) now the Maendelo ya Wanawake in Muranga and her daughter Karen (2nd left) a resident of London
Mr. Manji Wairia with Mr. Sang
By Peter Kiruthi