MP wants DP Ruto to stop attending ICC sittings
02 February 2016, 12:07
Bungoma - A member of parliament from Bungoma County has advised Deputy President William Ruto to stop attending sessions at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his crimes against humanity charges.
Bumula MP, Boniface Otsiula said Ruto should skip the court sittings since the African Union (AU) members recently passed a resolution that will see African countries withdrawing from the Rome Statute that established the ICC.
“Ruto should take advantage of the resolutions by AU member states to withdraw from the Rome statute and ICC and ignore any further proceedings at the court,” said Otsiula.
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Last Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta successfully lobbied other African leaders in passing the motion that will result in African countries withdrawing from the Rome Statute and ICC, at an AU meeting in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
During the meeting that came few weeks after Deputy President William Ruto and his co-accused Joshua arap Sang made their no-case-to-answer motion submissions at the ICC, the AU unanimously adopted a decision to develop a strategy for mass withdrawal from the global court.
“The ICC is like a colonial court established to persecute African leaders. The charges facing Ruto are political. He should snub any further sittings at the ICC,” observed Otisula, who noted that communities that fought in 2007-2008 have since reconciled and there is no need to pursue the case any more.
The lawmaker made the remarks at Siboti Secondary School in his Bumula, when he distributed buses to four schools funded by Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
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