Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Raila: Rivals should go on trial after polls

13 June 2012, 07:57

Nairobi - Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Tuesday that he supported a decision by the International Criminal Court to put Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto on trial after the elections.

The ICC plans to start hearings against four Kenyans over 2007 post-election violence next March, the same month Kenya is to hold presidential polls.

An ICC hearing after March 4 – the presumed date of the presidential election in the east African country – would mean both war crimes suspects, Uhuru and Ruto, would be able to run against Raila.

Raila, addressing media on Tuesday, said this would be good for democracy.

“All those competing for the top seat need to be on the ballot,” he said. “This will give Kenyans a right to choose their preferred leaders.”

His opponents have in the past suggested Raila was using the ICC proceedings to eliminate the challenge posed by Uhuru and Ruto.

But the premier pledged Tuesday that “there will be no reason for anyone to say that Raila prevented them from vying for an elective seat.”

Raila was runner-up in the 2007 presidential polls, losing out to current President Mwai Kibaki. The election was highly contested with both camps trading allegations of rigging and fraud.

A political impasse led to violence that left some 1,200 people dead and 600,000 displaced – Kenya’s worst bloodshed since independence in 1963.

The violence ended after the formation of a government that accommodated politicians from both camps.

Raila has now presented himself as a presidential candidate, while Kibaki is constitutionally barred from running for another term.

The ICC must announce the trial dates for the four Kenyans before it goes on recess after July 13.

Defence and prosecution lawyers for Kenyatta and Ruto this week agreed to start off their hearings in March. Prosecutors demanded a “written undertaking” that they would not skip the trial.

The other two men charged are Francis Muthaura and Joshua arap Sang.

Prosecutor Adesola Adeboyejo said Tuesday that the two separate trials for the four be held at roughly the same time.
One trial if for Kenyatta and Muthaura, who supported the then ruling Party of National Unity; the other for Ruto and Sang, who backed the opposition Orange Democratic Movement.

“We propose that the dates for trial be synchronised as closely as possible for both trials… to avoid tensions that would arise if one of the cases is moving faster than the other,” Adeboyejo said.




ODM beats Jubilee in 3 by-elections

27 October 2016, 10:03

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM beats Jubilee in 3 by-electio...

ODM dominates Jubilee Party in by elections.

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Kenyan ivory seized in Vietnam

Vietnamese authorities have seized 1 tonne of ivory smuggled from Kenya, the fifth such seizure in the past month. Read more...

Submitted by
Cyril Mike Odhiz
Kenyans furious on young lady aft...

A young Kenyan woman is the talk of town after she posted a photo with her elderly lover after a round of steamy sex, or so the photo suggested.  Read more...

Submitted by
Kiplangat langat
Uhuru could be a one term Presid...

Bomet governor Isaac Ruto has said that President Uhuru Kenyatta could be a one term President if he fails to increase allocations to the counties. Read more...

Submitted by
Mody Sammy
35 year old farmer a new milliona...

A 35 year old farmer from Mpeketoni Lamu county has become the latest millionaire in town as she became winner in the ongoing ‘Shinda Mamili na Story Ibambe’. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Leave your past relationship bagg...

Leave your past relationship baggage at the door when you start a new relationship. Read more...