THE International Criminal Court has clarified that the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto will not necessarily run concurrently.
On Friday the ICC press office announced that Uhuru's trial would run simultaneously with Ruto's once it started in November.
Yesterday the ICC clarified that only the trial judges can decide on the schedule of the court cases.
It would indeed be punitive to insist that both Uhuru and Ruto remain in the Hague at the same time.
Ruto and Uhuru have different presiding judges but they share two judges, Justices Olga Carbuccia and Robert Fremr. Therefore the judges cannot hear both cases on the same day. And there is no reason why they should be kept in the Hague if their cases are not being heard.
There is of course the additional argument that either the President or Deputy President must be in Kenya, according to the constitution. Someone must remain in charge in Kenya.
So the ICC judges should allow Uhuru and Ruto to alternate in the Hague when they set their final timetable.
If something happens to make that impossible, we will cross that bridge when we get to it.
Quote of the day: "Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement." - Simon Bolivar was named President of Peru on September 10, 1823