US yet to make decision on UHURU/RUTO VISA bans

Friday, the 14th of December 2012 - Despite reports in some sections in the media that the US government has issued travel bans on two of the Kenyan ICC suspects Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto who are gunning for the two highest offices in the land, it now appears that the State Department is yet to make a decision on the matter.

In response to queries on whether the US has denied VISAs to Uhuru and Ruto, State Department Spokeswoman Tula Orum said that such bans are only considered once someone has actually applied at which point US law comes into play;

“The eligibility of an applicant for a US visa is determined only after an application has been received.”

"If and when we receive an application, we will of course apply applicable US law, regulations and policy to determine eligibility.”

When US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in town a few months back she is said to have given subtle hints to President Mwai Kibaki that it will not be ‘business as usual’ if Uhuru and Ruto ascend to the highest offices in the land.

More recently though an official reply from the State Department said that the matter was up to the Kenyan courts;

"Whether those indicted by the International Criminal Court are eligible under the Constitution to run for president of Kenya is a decision for the Kenyan courts."


1 comments for US yet to make decision on UHURU/RUTO VISA bans

  1. Where is kilifi express to give us a long eulogy...of travel bans and sanctions now
    like i pointed out the US will have to work with whoever is choosen by the people ..
    to avoid unrest
    I like it when someones arguments are waterd cause they think they are too smart

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