The International Criminal Court (ICC) has acknowledged receipt of a petition against National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka.
In a letter dated October 17, 2017, the ICC’s Head of Information and Evidence Unit, Mark Dillon, said ICC will consider the application in accordance with provisions of the Rome Statute.
“This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with provisions of the Rome Statute of the ICC,” Dillon wrote.
The court, however, clarified that acknowledging the letter did not mean investigations will be opened.
“Please note this acknowledgment letter does not mean an investigation has been opened, nor that an investigation will be opened by the Office of the Prosecutor,” Dillon added.
This comes after two petitioners, Kenneth Otieno and Martin Nkari, through a Canadian law firm Watson Jacobs McCreary LLP submitted papers to the court last week Friday.
The petition, signed by the NGO’s chairman Dr Kenneth Otieno Orengo and the secretary Martin Nkari seeks to have the ICC investigate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka for incitement to commit 12 crimes against humanity.
“We have strong grounds to assert that Raila Amolo Odinga, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and their cohorts in Nasa are planning to plunge Kenya into violence in pursuit of political power,” the petitioners said.
“There is reasonable basis to believe that Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, as principal conspirators and part of a criminal organization and enterprise referred to as NASA, have intended to incite and instigate the crimes of murder, torture, persecution, forceful evictions, rape and damage to public and private property of innocent Kenyan citizens and residents who do not belong to the Maasai tribe in Kajiado County,” the petitioner added.
The court notes that the petitioner will be informed in writing, with reasons provided on why a decision to commence investigations against the two NASA leaders would have been reached, or otherwise.