Please Stop the ICC Theatrics
Why would more than 100 Members of Parliament accompany Kenyan Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta to The Hague for his status conference at the International Criminal Court? Surely are our leaders cannot be that idle.
The cases against Kenyatta, his Deputy, Mr William Ruto, and radio journalist, Joshua Sang will be determined on the basis of the evidence before the court, not how Kenyan politicians harangue it.
Indeed, at the earlier stages of the trial in 2012, images of Kenya politicians hovering around the court singing their national anthem was an embarrassment to the continent. Courts need to be respected and can these leaders who cannot respect international justice, be trusted to obey their own judicial systems?
In effect, the Dutch city witnessed the largest visit of African leaders on a private visit. And if their intention is to intimidate the court, then they better have another think coming.
Kenyatta was charged with the heinous crimes against humanity in the wake of the January 2008 post- election violence that rocked Kenya after the dispute presidential election of December 2007.
It is a fact that the violence that largely hit the then Rift Valley province pitted Kenyatta’s Kikuyu people against Ruto’s Kalenjin community.
The two leaders were then on different sides of the political divide; somehow along the line, they dramatically mended fences and won the 2013 elections. But as fate would have it, they are still joined at the hips in the cases before the ICC. To his credit and perhaps, the ICC should take judicial notice, Ruto has appeared before the court faithfuly and except for the grandstanding by his noisy supporters earlier in the trial, his entries and exits from the Dutch city have been largely dignified.
For Kenyatta, it was the exact opposite; he spent time, energy and resources on a frantic diplomatic shuttle across the continent in a desperate bid to shield himself from the court. He did manage to get most African leaders to repudiate the court, but to his dismay, not a single country has quit the Rome Statute that binds the continent to the ICC.
Wouldn’t be more dignified if Kenyatta went to the court quietly and in a sobre dignified manner, discussed the status of his case without the charade that diminishes his reputation and makes him appear keen to escape justice?