ROAD TO LEAVING ICC
In 2013, after the general election, leaders said Kenya should withdraw from the ICC, even as President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto and others faced charges on crimes against humanity at the court. On September 5, 2013, MPs voted for Kenya to withdraw from the Rome Statue, effectively withdrawing from the International Criminal Court. In the same month, ICC Spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah said Kenya is free to withdraw from the ICC, as membership is voluntary, but the cases against Uhuru and Ruto would be heard to conclusion. Uhuru’s case was dismissed in March 2015 and Ruto’s in April 2016. Since 2013, Kenya has been seeking reforms at the ICC in exchange for shelving its threat to withdraw. It has called for amendments to grant sitting heads of state immunity from prosecution. In the last few months, Botswana, South Africa, Gambia, Russia and the Philippines have said they will withdraw from the court.