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'There will definitely be sanctions' if Kenyatta wins

Last modified: 5 Mar 2013 11:45

When Uhuru Kenyatta, deputy prime minister, announced his candidacy for the Kenyan presidency, many wondered what impact the International Criminal Court investigation against him would have on his presidential bid.

Kenyatta was accused of crimes against humanity by the court for his alleged role in the violence that led to the deaths more than 1,000 after the 2007 polls.

One voter speaking to Al Jazeera on Monday, said the threat of sanctions against Kenya if Kenyatta wins could keep many from voting for him.

Michael Amoah, of the  Africa International Affairs Programme at the London School of Economics, told Al Jazeera "if Kenyatta wins, there will definitely be sanctions against Kenya".

Speaking to Al Jazeera from London on Tuesday, Amoah said though Article 143 of the Kenyan constitution will guarantee Kenyatta's immunity inside the country, it remains to be seen which countries will comply with the ICC sanctions.

"The ICC sanctions will bite Kenya economically", regardless of who in the region, or internationally, backs them, said Amoah. For a nation ranked 143 of 185 by the United Nations human development index, Amoah said sanctions could have a large impact.