Kenya’s original ICC six – Where are they now?

Early November, Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru surrendered himself to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague. At the start of the investigation, six suspects were accused by the ICC for involvement in Kenya's deadly elections in 2007. Where are they now?

Major General Mohammed Hussein Ali, charges not confirmed. (AP Photo/Paul Vreeker, Pool)

Uhuru Kenyatta, charges withdrawn

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Kenya’s fourth president and the son of its first was elected to his first term with, and some argue because of, the ICC indictments.

While the cases formed the most important political and diplomatic subjects of his first few years in office, he is now headed to the tail end of his last term in office with a different set of problems.

At the start of 2020, the major issue on his agenda was a political and economic legacy, as well as navigating the succession question both for himself and others in the political class. COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works, but also created the kind of crisis that forces other social and political issues to the fore.

William Ruto, mistrial

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In many ways, Kenya’s first deputy president is back where he was when the ICC indictments came calling a decade ago. His main rival is Raila Odinga, although the positions have turned. William Ruto is officially in government while Odinga is not, but Odinga and Kenyatta have been working on the referendum process without him.

While Ruto’s recourse might be to oppose new constitutional changes like he did in 2010, the stakes are far higher now than they were then when he was a legislator and Cabinet Minister from Odinga’s faction of government.