Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


African nations press UN Council to suspend Kenya case

31 October 2013, 22:47

United Nations - African countries will put forward a UN Security Council resolution seeking a suspension of International Criminal Court (ICC) charges against Kenyan leaders, officials said Thursday.

An African ministerial delegation met with Security Council ambassadors on Thursday to press the case to defer charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto.

The council is divided on the request and gave no firm answer.

But the meeting went ahead as the ICC postponed the start of Kenyatta's trial until February. The Kenyan president is accused of masterminding political violence in 2007-08 in which more than 1,000 people died.

The African delegation -- with foreign ministers from Kenya, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Senegal, Namibia and Uganda -- called on the council to use its powers to suspend the case for a year.

Instability in the Horn of Africa, with Kenya playing a key role in efforts to combat Somalian Islamist rebels, was used to justify the call for deferral, said Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom.

He said African members on the Security Council, led by Rwanda, would table the resolution "very soon."

African nations at the UN were to meet later Friday to discuss the resolution, which a Rwandan mission spokesman said was ready.

The ministers sought a deferral because the Somalia strife and tensions between Sudan and South Sudan are "a serious threat to international peace and security, in addition to our region. And we should prevent any havoc from happening in Kenya, because we don't need another destabilized country in that part of the world," Adhanom told reporters after what he called a "very candid" meeting with Security Council envoys.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM beats Jubilee in 3 by-electio...

ODM dominates Jubilee Party in by elections.

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Kenyan ivory seized in Vietnam

Vietnamese authorities have seized 1 tonne of ivory smuggled from Kenya, the fifth such seizure in the past month. Read more...

Submitted by
Cyril Mike Odhiz
Kenyans furious on young lady aft...

A young Kenyan woman is the talk of town after she posted a photo with her elderly lover after a round of steamy sex, or so the photo suggested.  Read more...

Submitted by
Kiplangat langat
Uhuru could be a one term Presid...

Bomet governor Isaac Ruto has said that President Uhuru Kenyatta could be a one term President if he fails to increase allocations to the counties. Read more...

Submitted by
Mody Sammy
35 year old farmer a new milliona...

A 35 year old farmer from Mpeketoni Lamu county has become the latest millionaire in town as she became winner in the ongoing ‘Shinda Mamili na Story Ibambe’. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Leave your past relationship bagg...

Leave your past relationship baggage at the door when you start a new relationship. Read more...