Odinga taunts rival over pending war crimes trial

Raila Odinga, the frontrunner in Kenya’s presidential election, taunted his rival Uhuru Kenyatta in a debate this week, asking how he would be able to rule from the Hague, where Kenyatta goes on trial shortly on charges of crimes against humanity.

Report by Reuters

The presidential television debate — the first ever held in the country — failed to produce a clear winner, but gave an early taste of what is expected to be a highly-charged contest to run East Africa’s economic powerhouse.

Former finance minister Kenyatta has been summoned to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague a month after the March election to face charges he helped direct ethnic clashes that erupted after a disputed 2007 vote.

If Kenyatta wins this election, his first presidential trip could be to appear in the dock in the Netherlands, alongside his running-mate, William Ruto, who has also been charged over the violence. Both deny wrongdoing.