Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kofi Annan- former UN secretary – general Kofi Annan has urged Kenyans not to elect politicians who have been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the upcoming General Elections.
Annan, whose now African Union envoy overseeing the election, said Kenya’s external relations could be damaged.
Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his runnig mate William Ruto are due to stand trial after the vote in March 2013.
The two were bitter rivals in the last presidential elections but have now formed an alliance.
Annan did not name Kenyatta and Ruto, but was reported as saying that any Kenyan leader must be able to travel to meet other heads of state and be trusted by the international community.
“When you elect a leader who cannot do that, who will not be free or will not be easily received, it is not in the interests of the country and I’m sure the population will understand that,” Annan said.
The ICC in January charged four Kenyans including Uhuru and Ruto with crimes related to conflicts that erupted after disputed 2007 elections.
More than 1,300 people were killed in fighting between supporters of incumbent President Mwai Kibaki against those of rival Raila Odinga.