Political fallout in Kenya

12 October 2011 by Judie Kaberia

The just-concluded confirmation of charges hearings against six Kenyans at the International Criminal Court are having an increasing impact in Kenya ahead of presidential elections in 2012. The six face charges over crimes committed during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008.

International Centre for Transitional Justice acting Head of Office Christine Alai says whether the ICC confirms the charges against the Ocampo 6 or not, Kenyans are already feeling the political consequences. Since two of the suspects, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and MP William Ruto are presidential candidates Alai is certain that the political atmosphere will be highly charged by the court’s decision. “Whether there are trials or not, we are likely to be faced with a political situation. What does it mean for the supporters, what does it mean for Uhuru and Ruto - can they still vie?” she queries.

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