Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former Eldoret North parliamentarian William Ruto have been summoned to a status conference at The Hague next Thursday (February 14th) to determine whether they will contest in Kenya's general election March 4th.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) said the issues to be addressed at the conference would impact "directly on the accused", Kenya's Daily Nation reported Wednesday (February 6th). The court's ruling is expected by February 15th.
Kenyatta and Ruto must appear in person or by video link, ICC Trial Chamber V Judges Kuniko Ozaki (Presiding), Christine Van de Wyngaert and Chile Eboe-Osuji said in a statement. The same applies for former head of civil service Francis Muthaura and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang, who also face ICC charges.
The four are accused of orchestrating the 2007-2008 post-election violence that left more than 1,200 people dead and 300,000 displaced.
Kenyatta is vying for the presidency with Ruto as his running mate in the Jubilee alliance. The ICC trials are expected to commence in April.