Published April 08, 2013
NAIROBI, Kenya – A top Kenyan official says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is not traveling to Nairobi to attend Tuesday's presidential inauguration.
Thuita Mwangi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' permanent secretary, told The Associated Press Monday that Bashir will not be present despite press reports to the contrary. Mwangi said Sudan's government is invited but not al-Bashir.
Bashir's presence at the inauguration of incoming Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta would have been significant because al-Bashir faces an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court.
Kenya is a party to the treaty that created the ICC and would be legally obligated to arrest him. Kenyatta also faces charges at the ICC over allegations he helped orchestrate the 2007-08 violence that marred Kenya's last presidential election. Kenyatta's trial is scheduled for July.