Kenya awaits ICC warrants

01 December 2010 by Claire Wachira

Kenya expects the International Criminal Court this month to hand out six arrest warrants to alleged perpetrators of the country’s post-election violence. Public speculation is rife, and the looming warrants are causing tension between Kenya’s two main political parties.

The ICC has indicated that the warrants would be out before Christmas. In April, ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said his office would investigate those most responsible for the violent clashes that took place after Kenya’s December 2007 general election. The incidents left some 1,300 people dead and more than 300,000 people displaced.

Once the warrants are out, it is expected that there will be reaction from the home region of the indicted politicians. The issue has also heightened tensions that already exist among members of President Mwai Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). The two parties ran against each other in the controversial 2007 elections.

Speculation as to who is going to receive the warrants is mostly based on names mentioned in the reports by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Waki Report, an account of Kenya’s election violence by Justice Philip Nyamu Waki.

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