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Obama to Skip Kenya Over Uhuru Ruto ICC Cases – Standard Digital, Nariobi 23 June 2013

This article by Jacob Ngetich (Nairobi, 23 June 2013) reports on the reasons why US President Obama will not be visiting Kenya on his impending trip to Africa in June 2013. President Obama will visit Kenya’s neighbour Tanzania, South Africa and Senegal.  US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes (via a conference call) explained why “it was not just the best time for the President to travel to Kenya at this time…” with the issues concerning Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta’s and Vice –President’ William Ruto’ s impending cases with the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in the Hague, Netherlands.

Mr Ngetich is of the view that the Obama Administration has “downgraded Kenya’s place in the region by singling out Tanzania as America’s key ally in the region.”

The article also states that despite President Obama’s personal and family connections (with Kenya) the “US had a commitment to accountability and justice as a baseline principle.”


Notes and Useful Links:

Obama to Skip Kenya Over Uhuru Ruto ICC Cases

International Criminal Court

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case is expected to commence on 12 November 2013.

Vice President William Ruto’s case is expected to commence on 10 September 2013.


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