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African Union enters ICC debate as case adjourned to Tuesday

AU gathering at Addis AbabaAU gathering at Addis AbabaThe African Union (AU) has thrown its weight behind Kenya in its bid to have cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto reviewed. The Union wants the two to be allowed to attend only key sessions of the hearing so that they can attend to their duties.

They also want the cases brought back home or to a neighbouring country preferably Tanzania. Mr Ruto had applied for such relief that was granted before it was suspended following an appeal by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

Mps stranded at The Hague

Mr Adan DualeMr Adan DualeA group of Mps who had accompanied Deputy President William Ruto to The Hague for his trial is stranded after failing to catch flights back home. The Mps were expected to stay at the Netherlands’ city following the case for a week before returning home. The group included Majority leader Adan Duale who came back together with Mr Ruto.

However, the case was abruptly adjourned until Tuesday next week after the prosecution failed to produce the first witness. Mr Ruto returned home Thursday morning.


Court upholds Ms Mary Wambui election as Othaya Mp

Retired President Mwai KibakiRetired President Mwai KibakiTribulations that faced Ms Mary Wambui before and after the March 4 elections are now over after a Nyeri court dismissed case seeking to nullify her election as Othaya Member of Parliament.

Ms Wambui will now represent retired president Mwai Kibaki in parliament for the next five years. A candidate the former president endorsed was beaten to third place during the poll.

 

ICC case adjourned to Tuesday

 

DP William RutoDP William RutoDeputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang  will be back in court at the Hague on Tuesday next week after the case was adjourned after the prosecution failed to produce the first witness.

The prosecution had on Monday indicated that it would be able to produce the first witness on Tuesday raising concerns over the prosecution’s preparedness for the cases that have elicited massive following in Kenya.

 

 

Both Ruto and Sang plead not guilty at ICC

Former UN secretary general Mr Koffi AnnanFormer UN secretary general Mr Koffi AnnanDeputy president William Ruto and his co-accused Joshua Sang pleaded not guilty at the International Criminal Court (ICC) where they are facing criminal charges for their alleged involvement in 2007/08 post-election violence.

The accused argued that the former prosecutor Mr Moreno Ocampo had failed to do his work thoroughly and instead relied on information provided by various interested groups, including Non-Governmental Organisations. former UN secretary general Koffi Annan handed the suspects to the ICC after the Kenyan government failed to establish a local tribunal.

 

Former Mp Ferdinand Waitutu fails to stop Governor Kidero

Dr Evans Kidero (right)Dr Evans Kidero (right)The High Court in Nairobi Tuesday upheld the election of Dr Evans Kidero as the governor of Nairobi on March 4. The court dismissed claims by former Embakasi Mp Ferdinand Waititu who came second during the election that the election was marred by irregularities.

However, Dr Kidero is still under siege after he allegedly slapped Nairobi Women Representative Ms Rachel Shebesh in his office last week.

 

 

Senate passes ICC motion

Cord alliance senator James OrengoCord alliance senator James OrengoSenators passed a motion Tuesday calling for the government to withdraw from the Rome statute that created the International Criminal Court (ICC) where three Kenyans, among them President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are facing criminal charges.

However, senators allied to CORD coalition of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga walked out of the chamber after sensing defeat.

 

ICC trials finally take off at the Hague


ICC prosecutor Fatou BensoudaICC prosecutor Fatou BensoudaDeputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang were on the docks at the International Criminal Court (ICC) Tuesday to face charges against humanity. The case is expected to go on uninterrupted for the next three weeks. President Uhuru Kenyatta is also expected to face the judges starting November 12 when his case start.

The court was also divided Tuesday on whether both the president and his deputy should be in the court at the same time. On Sunday, President Kenyatta said it was impossible for them to be out of the country at the same time and asked the court to reconsider the schedule.

Senate  to debate the ICC case

Senate Speaker Ekwe EthuroSenate Speaker Ekwe EthuroSenators are expected to debate motion  on whether Kenya should withdraw from the Rome Statutes that created the International criminal court (ICC). this comes barely a week after the national assembly debated and passed  a similar motion. Kenyans have been divided on whether the move was in the best interest of the country.

Senators allied to the CORD coalition are expected to oppose the motion but they are likely to be defeated by their colleagues from the Jubilee Coalition who are supporting the move.

President Kenyatta takes ICC head on

President Uhuru KenyattaPresident Uhuru KenyattaPresident Uhuru Kenyatta Sunday took issue with the International Criminal Court (ICC) saying it should not hold him and his deputy William Ruto at The Hague at the same time. The two leaders want the case schedule adjusted to ensure that one of them is within the country at any one given time.

Mr Ruto is expected to attend the court Tuesday where he is jointly charged with radio presenter Joshua Sang start for crimes against humanity arising from the 2007/08 post-election violence.

Pressure mounts on governor Kidero to resign

Ms Rachel ShebeshMs Rachel ShebeshPressure is mounting on Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to resign after he allegedly slapped Nairobi Women representative Ms Rachel Shabesh to had led leaders of striking Nairobi workers to seek audience with the governor in his office.

Despite video footage that showed the governor unleash a slap on Ms Shabesh; Kidero continues to deny that he ever assaulted the legislator. Gender activists are calling for the police to arrest and charge him in a court of law. Police have however said investigations are going on.

 

Mps pass motion to pull out of ICC

DP William RutoDP William RutoMps passed motion Thursday to pull Kenya out of the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court (ICC) where President Uhuru Kenyatt and his Deputy William Ruto are facing charges against humanity.

However, Mps drawn from CORD coalition led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and vice president Kalonzo Musyoka walked out of the session. At the same time, the United States of America want the government to seek justice for the victims.

 

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