NAIROBI, Kenya – The International Criminal Court charges Uhuru Kenyatta faces would have crippled a U.S. or European politician: orchestrating murder, rape and deportation in Kenya's 2007-08 postelection chaos. Instead, the charges may have propelled Kenyatta to Kenya's presidency.
Kenyatta on Saturday was named the winner of Kenya's election with 50.07 percent of the March 4 vote.
The win came despite ICC charges, and in spite of warnings from the U.S. of "consequences" for the Kenya-U.S. relationship if Kenyatta were to win, a sentiment echoed by Britain and Europe.
Or, as many Kenyans will tell you, Kenyatta's win may have come because of the outside world's view.
Aly-Khan Satchu, a prominent Nairobi economist, said Monday the ICC and the Carson statement were "the defining narrative" of the election and propelled Kenyatta to power.