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MP's allied to Jubilee Coaltion criticize Annan on ICC

10 October 2013, 22:07 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Legislators affiliated to the Jubilee Coalition have criticized the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan over the warning to Kenya's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Speaking at a press conference at the Parliament Buildings, Adan Duale, the Majority Leader in Parliament stated that Annan is dishonest in his warning because over the past 11 years, ICC has been focusing majorly on African States and turning a blind eye to crimes against humanity committed in other parts of the world.

"The Court came into existence in 2002 and since then, serious crimes arising from invasions have been committed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, among others but ICC has not bothered," said Duale.

"This is a very unfair approach and there is need to ask: Is it about skin colour?Is it about race? What scale does the ICC use to weigh alleged crimes against humanity to pursue and which to let go," he questioned.

Duale noted that the Rome Statute guarantees every State the right to sign, ratify or withdraw from its membership, adding that the Kenyan Parliament has resolved to withdraw and will see the legislative process done.

"In any case, the Rome Statute is not a pact with God. It was done by men and women, it can be undone by men and women," said Duale.

The majority leader also held that it is no surprise tha Annan is sentimental about ICC because he took Kenya to the Court after holding onto an envelope with only a few selected individuals, and that the Court was set up during his tenure as the UN Secretary-General.

He further cited that the lingering failure of ICC will forever be what the former UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said,"This is not a court set up to bring to book Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom or presidents of the United States." Duale said Cook could as well had added; "This is a court for dawn Africans." 

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