Video:Petitioners withdraw Uhuru, Ruto integrity case

A case challenging the eligibility of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto to contest the presidency has been withdrawn.

A group of civil society told a three-judge bench Thursday that the issue of integrity could not be addressed fully if other presidential aspirants were not part of the lawsuit.

Describing their decision to drop the petition as “tactical”, the activists said they will file “the mother of all petitions” that will encompass all politicians eyeing the presidency.

The group said this will address the issue of integrity once and for all.

Justices Isaac Lenaola, Mohammed Warsame and Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu allowed the petitioners to withdraw the case saying it was their constitutional right to do so.

The judges ruled that it was also within the group’s right to bring another petition before the court.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto are facing charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court arising out of the 2007/2008 post election violence.

The chaos that followed the disputed election left 1,133 people dead and 650,000 displaced from their homes. The two are due to stand trial at the ICC in April 2013.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have indicated they will contest the presidency under The National Alliance (TNA) and United Republican Party (URP) tickets respectively, despite the charges.

The politicians have, however, agreed on a pre-election coalition deal that will see them run for State House on a joint ticket.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto are set to announce their alliance during a rally at Afraha Grounds, Nakuru on Sunday.

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