NAIROBI (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court ruled on Monday that Kenyan presidential contenders Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto should face trial along with two other men for stirring violence after a disputed 2007 election.
Following are reactions to the decision:
“This ruling changes the political landscape of this country. Kenyans will now be able to go to the polls without fearing violence. I think it was fair, and I think some of us will work through the prosecution process to ensure further evidence is given.”
On charges being dropped against former police commissioner Mohamed Hussein Ali:
“I am disappointed because so many Kenyans were killed by the police and I didn’t expect Ali to escape prosecution, being that Ali was the representative of the police. We may want to push the prosecution to review the case against Ali.”
“The crux of the matter is the reaction to the decision not the decision, which was expected. We are witnessing an inflection point lower in Kenya political risk. This is a tipping point. Kenyan markets have all the bad news baked into the price and none of the positive.”
Reporting by Katie Migiro, Kevin Mwanza, Humphrey Malalo, Duncan Miriri and James Macharia in Nairobi and Jacob Kuehn in Eldoret; Editing by David Clarke