Kenya: Deputy President Ruto’s ambitions face hurdle as Bensouda comes calling, again

Deputy President William Ruto’s State House ambitions may face more hurdles should the ghosts of the 2007/8 post-election violence return to haunt him.

The office of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court has been relentlessly but quietly piecing together fresh information on the violence, which left more than 1,300 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

In the latest ICC annual report submitted to the United Nations General Assembly, it emerged that chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda continued to receive information related to the case in the past year.

Although details about the information remain confidential, investigations have been ongoing despite termination of the cases.

The report was submitted to UN General Assembly by ICC President Chile Eboe-Osuji who was on the bench that handled Mr Ruto’s case.

The case against the Deputy President and former radio journalist Joshua Sang, was vacated by a majority decision in April 2016 due to lack of incriminating evidence but the judges rejected an application of acquittal by the accused.

Earlier in March 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case was terminated in similar circumstances.

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