Raila writes to ICC seeking probe into Kenya's political situation

The letter is dated April 14.

In Summary
  • In a letter to the Dutch-based Court, Lawyer Paul Mwangi has cited nine issues including targeted attacks on protesters.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga
Azimio leader Raila Odinga

Azimio la Umoja has now written to the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking to have it open investigations into the political situation in Kenya.

In a letter to the Dutch-based Court, Lawyer Paul Mwangi has cited nine issues including targeted attacks on protesters.

The letter is dated April 14.

It has been submitted in accordance with Regulation 25 of the Regulation of the Office of the Prosecutor.

The lawyer has also gone ahead to list eight local journalists and their contacts and nine protesters he said were killed by police during the protests including 20 others who were injured.


The letter by Azimio comes barely a day after the Opposition leader Raila Odinga signalled his intentions to continue with the weekly demonstrations which were suspended on April 2.

This came after President Ruto’s side named seven individuals to sit in the bipartisan team for the dialogue process.

Speaking Thursday, Raila claimed the Kenya Kwanza was not committed to talks.

"Mazumgumzo iendelee na maandamano sambamba...dawa ya moto ni moto, kwa hivyo tunaendelea," said Raila.

He stated that he will be announcing the next action after the end of Ramadhan.

The ODM leader has cited a lack of openness and honesty from their opponents in the government.

Other issues raised by Mwangi in his letter include allegations of the existence of a special squad of rogue police officers and the unconstitutional banning of demonstrations.

He has also claimed there was a plan to assassinate Raila during the last demonstration at Embakasi.

“Police officers approached the motor vehicle in which Raila was being ferried and fired ten rounds of live ammunition with a clear intention to kill him,” it states.

It adds, “Prior to this assassination attempt, the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya had publicly stated that it was necessary that Raila be “dealt with” and “removed” permanently.”

Kenya is a signatory to the Rome Statute which establishes the ICC.

Section 12 of the Roman Statute provides that a State becomes a Party to this Statute thereby accepting the jurisdiction of the Court with respect to the crimes referred to in Article 5.

ICC can only probe matters relating to crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

Both Kenya Kwanza and Azimio leaders have been trading barbs with each side threatening to take the matter to the ICC.

Majority leader Kimani Ichungwa is on record saying they will be inviting the Court to monitor the happenings in Kenya.

The letter by Azimio is now the climax of the war of words.

Damage to property belonging to Azimio leaders and delegitimization of members of Azimio has also been raised in the letter.

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