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MP faults AU's move to pull out of Rome Statute

14 October 2013, 10:04 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Hamisi Member of Parliament, Charles Gimose, has faulted the African Union for infringing into the activities of the International Criminal Court over the cases of the three Kenyans facing charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague.

He said that the move is not guided by any wise counsel as international institutions are more credible and at a better position to solve the issue amicably.

“The African Union (AU) cannot claim that by pulling out of ICC, it will be solving our problems here on the ground. It is not a wise move either. They should give the court some time to deal with the cases leveled against the three Kenyans,” Gimose said after attending a prayer day at Munzatsi secondary school Sunday.

'Uhuru should respect ICC'

He further noted that it was not the wish of any Kenyan for their sitting president or his deputy president to stand in the dock at the ICC defending themselves against the charges of crimes against humanity.

“If anything, the country is at peace and we can allow the two not to go at the ICC after all. But the problem is that we have already taken ourselves there and we cannot just negate ICC at this moment. Uhuru should respect the court,” he said.

Gimose, who is also a member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, noted that it will be better for the African leaders to unite for more burning issues in the continent, other than just congregating when it is a matter of selfish ambitions.

“Our President was not indicted by the ICC while he was a president, and he had earlier said that the ICC case was a personal problem. It is better if he will be able to deal with the problem individually,” he said.

ICC will always defend the weak

Sabatia MP, Alfred Agoi, also supported the move saying that pulling all the African states out of the Rome Statute would not solve any issue on the ground.

“You don’t need to be a partner with the ICC for you to continue with impunity. As long as there is impunity in Africa, the ICC will stand tall and defend the weak,” he said.

On Saturday, the African Union gave an ultimatum to the ICC not to try any sitting president in Africa.

This comes even as President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to travel to The Hague based court for his trial which commences November 12.

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