‘I was tempted to refer US to ICC after Trump win’
NAIROBI — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he was “tempted” to refer the United States to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for postelections violence following the recent election of Donald Trump.
Thousands of protesters around the US took to the streets soon after the polls early this month, to condemn the election of Donald Trump as president. The protests were mostly peaceful, according said. According to BBC Monitoring’s Africa Security correspondent Tomi Oladipo, Kenyatta’s utterances showed how much the ICC’s reputation had fallen.
In a video posted on Twitter, the giggling Kenyan leader said that he was “tempted” to take the US to the ICC for “post-election violence”, sending his audience into laughter.
Social media users reacted to his remarks, with some saying that the court was now “a joke”.
Others, however, did not find Kenyatta’s utterance funny, with some even blasting what they termed his “insensitivity” towards people who have lost loved ones due to political violence.
At least three African countries, South Africa, Burundi and the Gambia were set to quit the Haguebased court.
The ICC has since pleaded with the defectors and other African countries considering leavening the court “not to leave”.
In a case that was reportedly riddled with political interference, Kenyatta together with his deputy William Ruto were acquitted on charges over postelection violence that took place in 2007 in which more than 1 000 people were killed.
Kenyatta’s alleged crimes against humanity were dropped late in 2014 on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to take him to trial.
His deputy was discharged early this after the ICC also cited lack of evidence.
Ruto had been charged alongside broadcaster Joshua Sang with murder, deportation and persecution for their alleged leading roles in the violence. — AFP