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Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and politicising the International Criminal Court

Makinda, S.M. (2013) Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and politicising the International Criminal Court. The Conversation, 30 May .

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are currently facing crimes against humanity charges at the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC).

The charges result from the post-election violence in early 2008 where over 1300 Kenyans died and 600,000 were injured or displaced. Yet the pair have done everything to politicise these charges in Kenya and at the African Union.

Ruto, an ethnic Kalenjin, has been accused of planning and organising crimes against members of the Kikuyu community - Kenya’s largest ethnic group. A judicial investigation into the violence, the 2009 Waki Commission report stated that:

…the incident which captured the attention of both Kenyans and the world was the deliberate burning alive of mostly Kikuyu women and children huddled together in a church.
It is claimed that Ruto was involved in the incident, which took place in January 2008.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Management and Governance
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