6 February 2013

Kenya: High Court to Rule On Uhuru Ruto Integrity Case

Photo: Mirjam van den Berg/RNW
The ICC building at The Hague, Netherlands.

A five-judge bench is scheduled to deliver a ruling on the eligibility of Jubilee Alliance presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto on Friday February 15 at 10a.m.

The High Court judges will be making the ruling after hearing the submissions from the Uhuru and Ruto's lawyers as well as the IEBC. Today's hearing had been adjourned for 30 minutes to consider submissions from lawyers appearing for Uhuru Kenyatta in a case challenging his suitability to run for the presidency.

Uhuru's Lawyer Evans Monare and Kibe Mungai for TNA had asked the court to consider the developments at the ICC where a key witness has been dismissed. The lawyers also wanted the five judge bench to rule on whether the ICC has jurisdiction.

The suit challenging the eligibility of Uhuru and Ruto was filed by the International Center for Policy and Conflict. The lobby group sought to have the two barred from contesting the March 4 election on grounds of the charges they are facing at the ICC. Additionally the group also wanted the court to bar the IEBC from receiving the duo's nomination papers on grounds of their integrity.

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