The Star (Nairobi)

7 November 2012

Kenya: Raila Entitled to Raise ICC Issue

editorial

WILLIAM Ruto was very angry yesterday that Raila Odinga told Kalenjin elders on Monday that he and Uhuru Kenyatta cannot avoid the ICC even if they are elected president and deputy president.

This is the bitter truth. ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has made it clear that she will oppose any adjournment from the opening trial date of April 10 and 11.

The ICC judges may grant an adjournment for technical legal reasons but it would not be on political grounds. It would not make any difference whether Uhuru and Ruto had been elected president and deputy president.

As Raila pointed out, it did not make any difference that Omar Bashir is President of Sudan. He is still facing an ICC arrest warrant and cannot leave the country. Was it wrong of Raila to say what he did? This is a serious matter.

If Uhuru and Ruto are elected, they will immediately go to the Hague and Kenya will be in a constitutional crisis because it will have no President or VP.

And if they refuse to go, they will face arrest warrants like Bashir, and Kenya will suffer sanctions like Sudan. Whatever Raila's motives, this issue needs to be debated before the election.

Quote of the day: "Politics have no relation to morals." - Niccolo Machiavelli was sacked by his employers, the Medicis, on November 7, 1512.

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