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China lauds Kenyatta’s dropped ICC case

China has welcomed the termination of the International Criminal Court case against President Uhuru Kenyatta and described the whole case as having being unfair from the beginning.

Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi made the statement in a message expressing his country’s solidarity with Kenya when he met President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, on Saturday.

The minister said the termination of the case was a victory for all those who believe in justice.

“Since the beginning China believed it was an unfair decision to start the cases. We in China are heartened that the ICC has dropped the case and it is a victory for all who uphold justice,” he said.

He expressed hope that the case against Deputy President William Ruto at the same court would be terminated soon.

The cases against Ruto and former radio journalist Joshua Sang are the only ones remaining out of the six that the ICC prosecution filed in 2010.

Mr Wang pledged China’s continued support for Kenya in the international arena.

PUSH FOR REFORMS

The Chinese Foreign Minister also said that his country will continue advancing the push for reforms of the United Nations to give Africa a say in the management of world affairs.

“China supports UN reforms to increase Africa’s voice and to correct the historical injustice imposed on Africa,” he said.

President Kenyatta welcomed China’s support and said that there was need for African nations to maintain unity and have a common stand on issues of reforms.

Kenya was Mr Wang’s first stop in his eight-Day Africa tour that will see him also visit Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

The meeting was also attended by the Deputy President, ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, Internal Security PS Dr Monica Juma while Mr Wang’s delegation including China’s Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa.