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Vol 53 No 3

Published 3rd February 2012


Kenya

The Hague changes the game

The ICC is forcing the elite to rethink the old certainties of ethnic politics and redraw the battle lines

By approving the indictment of four very important people, the International Criminal Court has begun to unravel Kenya’s ruling networks of ethnic patronage. This is happening just as a new constitution gives liberal activists and old reformist politicians the muscle they lacked. President Mwai Kibaki ignored calls from civil society groups for the resignations of two ICC indictees: the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, 50, and the head of the civil service, Francis Kirimi Muthaura, 65. William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang are the other two indictees. All four are charged with crimes against humanity, murder, forcible deportation and persecution.

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