Kenyatta, Ruto Unveil Pre-Poll Deal

  • Ebrunews/Nairobi
  • Mon Dec 3rd 2012

Two key Kenyan politicians charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court launched a formal alliance Sunday as running mates for the presidential poll in next years' March 4th general election.

Former rivals Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta will run for the presidency with Eldoret North MP William Ruto as his deputy in next years general election.

"Our union is not to attack anyone, but to build Kenya Our work is to preach peace, and make sure there is no blood spilt again."

Thousands of supporters cheered as the pair formally unveiled their alliance at a rally in Nakuru, 95 miles northwest of the capital Nairobi, one of the worst hit areas during the 2007-2008 post-poll violence.

"And we have come here because of URP and TNA, and we are coming because we come to announce a coalition of ideas between men and women who subscribe to reconciling this country, to a united country, and to prosperous nation.”

Both Kenyatta and Ruto must also stand trial at the ICC for their alleged role in having orchestrated the post-election unrest that also displaced more than 600,000 people.

Kenya, as a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, would be forced to act on any arrest warrant issued by the court should the pair refuse to attend trial.

Kenyatta faces five charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution, forceful transfer of people and other inhumane acts. Ruto faces three charges of crimes against humanity.

The alliance brings together Ruto's United Democratic Party (URP) and Kenyatta's The National Alliance party (TNA) under the slogan Umoja Kenya meaning (Kenya Together).

Kenyatta and Ruto received a boost last week after the unexpected withdrawal of a petition seeking a court ruling on whether the two are eligible to run in next years general election.

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