Kenya Discuss Plans to Pull Out of the International Criminal Court

Kenya Discuss Plans to Pull Out of the International Criminal Court
Kenya’s president and Deputy president are facing politically motivate charges at the international Criminal court in Europe

AFRICANGLOBE – MPs in Kenya have been recalled to parliament to discuss the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang.

Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki told reporters on Monday that the National Assembly and Senate are expected to reconvene to discuss “the matter of national importance.”

He said that he and his fellow Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale had written to their respective Speakers asking them to consider the request so that the two Houses can discuss the matter simultaneously.

The two Houses were scheduled to resume sittings on September 17.

“It’s just like the way a police officer or a doctor can be called back to their work stations while on leave to address an emergency situation. So if this matter is done away with before September 17, then we will go back to recess,” explained Kindiki.

More than 30 Jubilee Members of Parliament had earlier on Monday vowed to push for Kenya’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute saying it did not matter whether or not the cases against the two leaders and journalist continue.

Led by Tiaty Member of Parliament Asman Kamama, the group argued that the move would pass Kenya’s message to the international community and register its disappointment in what they termed as a biased approach of the court.

“You know some countries are not party to the Rome Statute. Do you think that their citizens are more superior to Kenyans or do they have more sovereignty than Kenya?” he asked.

“We are all citizens of the world and the citizens in America, China and Russia don’t have special rights compared to us.”

The MPs further accused the International Criminal Court of constantly picking on African leaders while leaving out Western war criminals who are guilty of committing various crimes against humanity.

Kamama charged at the court saying it was being used by the West as a tool to re-colonise Africa by hand-picking leaders who they deemed as appropriate for the continent.

“Any law in this country or internationally like the Rome Statute can be repealed and can be amended. It is not cast in stone and we want to be the trail blazers in the continent,” he said.

“If this law is not working then we have the liberty to change it. Intelligent people change their minds, fools don’t.”

Ruto and Sang’s case is scheduled to begin on September 10. That of President Kenyatta is set for November 12.


By: Wambui Ndonga