Kenyan minister facing corruption claims resigns

Henry Kosgey in Nairobi in December 2010 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Mr Kosgey says he is stepping down to allow for the charges to be 'fully investigated'

A Kenyan minister named by the International Criminal Court as one of six suspects accused of organising 2007-08 post-election violence has resigned over corruption allegations.

Industrialisation Minister Henry Kosgey says he is stepping down to allow for the charges to be "fully investigated".

In court, he denied 12 counts of abuse of office.

He was questioned by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission in November over the import of second-hand vehicles.

Mr Kosgey's resignation comes a day after the attorney general gave the anti-corruption body permission to prosecute him for abuse of office.

Mr Kosgey is the chairman of Prime Minister Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement.

Last month, the ICC prosecutor named him among six Kenyans he accuses of being behind post-election violence.

Some 1,200 people died in the violence following the disputed 2007 poll.

Mr Kosgey's departure is the latest in a series of high-profile resignations over corruption charges, including those of another ICC suspect, William Ruto from the higher education ministry, and Moses Wetangula from the foreign ministry.

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