Africans rally behind Uhuru
10 September 2013, 11:10
Nairobi - African nationals have voiced their concerns against the alleged targeting of local leaders by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Ahead of the trial of President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and his Deputy, William Ruto, and plans by the country to pull out of ICC, Africans were in unison the ICC was selectively dispensing justice.
Interviewees said the court was undermining Africa's total independence and economic gains.
Sam Njoroge is of the view that the government should immediately pull out of ICC before Kenyatta goes on trial.
The double standards
“Why Africa alone should abide by the so-called international law, when other nations such as America and those in Europe do not respect it?” he quipped.
Njoroge added, “This court has been erected to undermine and humiliate Africans."
Funmilayo Uche, a Nigerian based in Abuja said ICC exposed itself as a huge failure and accused the ICC of targeting African leaders and propping up Western ones.
"Right now, the US, Britain, France and their allies are already calling for war against Syria before UN inspectors could conclude their investigations on who used chemical weapons between rebels and government."
"Isn't it the gross violation of humanity? Declaring war against a sovereignty nation without being provoked? These countries' Parliaments are busy lining up to endorse military action.......that alone is an international crime," Uche said.
Zimbabwean academic, Rufaro Rungano, said African leaders and its people should “stop stooping themselves so low by appearing before this manipulated court.”
"ICC is nothing, but a kangaroo court set to reverse Africa's economic and independence gains in favour of imperialists whose countries have exhausted resources. When Africa fought colonialism and won, little did Africa know that imperialism is like the devil who when defeated comes in a new form until he gets one to the hell.
"I would like to urge fellow African brothers and sisters to bury their hatchets and strongly fight this creature calling itself ICC because it is yet another institution of colonialism," Rungano said.
He said Africa should stop reacting, but come with its own think tanks to counter such manipulations under the guise of "human rights".
"What human rights are we talking about when the so-called super powers are willy-nilly waging unprovoked wars against weaker nations, yet they get away with it? Where was the ICC when more than 900 000 Iraqis were murdered by America and its allies?
"Where was the ICC where NATO and its former colonial masters bombarded Libya without getting the mandate from the international bodies such as the UN, AU among others," Rungano queried.
Tom Masahudu of Ghana said it was time for Africa to resist certain “proposals” or "orders" being made by Europe and America.
“Africa must stop endorsing anything that comes from the West because they are not meant to do Africa any good.
"This is the reason why today, the rest of the continent is beginning to rally behind Mugabe's policies because he saw it all, he is educated and he fought these same people coming back to us to become our masters," Masahudu said.
The African Union has previously expressed its displeasure with the way ICC has dealt with the matter since it was established in 2002.
To date, the ICC has opened investigations into about 10 situations in Africa among them the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic, Darfur, Sudan, Kenya, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Ivory Coast and Mali.
- CAJ News