Kenya watch­ing ICC withdrawals be­fore mak­ing move

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Kenya is mon­i­tor­ing the with­drawal from the ICC with keen in­ter­est, Po­lit­i­cal and Diplo­matic sec­re­tary Tom Amolo has told the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly yes­ter­day.

Last month, Bu­rundi, Gam­bia and South Africa kicked off their with­drawal from the court by tak­ing var­i­ous ac­tions lead­ing to the one-year process. Sene­gal, Nige­ria and Tan­za­nia sup­port the court.

Kenya is still con­cerned that the court is not ac­com­mo­dat­ing Africa’s views, even as the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly pledged sup­port for the ICC, Amolo said.

How­ever, many states called for talks to ad­dress the con­cerns raised by African coun­tries, with Amolo ask­ing the court to un­shackle it­self from the in­flu­ence of a group of pow­er­ful mem­ber states.

“Some­thing is deeply wrong at the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court. With only one new ac­ces­sion dur­ing the re­port­ing pe­riod, it is clear that this court only con­tin­ues to en­joy mem­ber­ship and sup­port from a small seg­ment of coun­tries in the world,” he said.

“The ICC’s dis­mal out­put of tan­gi­ble re­sults is dis­heart­en­ing and sim­ply con­found­ing.”

Kenya ral­lied the African Union to a mass with­drawal from the court just be­fore the cases against Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto col­lapsed.

The gov­ern­ment is now un­der pres­sure to ac­tu­alise this threat de­spite hav­ing de­cided to take the re­form route.

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