African leaders to vote on Uhuru, Ruto ICC cases today

Saturday 25th May, 2013 on The Daily Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) Confers With Deputy President William Ruto (right) And Head Of Public Service  Francis Kimemia (left) At The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Before Leaving For Addis Ababa, Ethiopia To Attend A Regional Summit May 3, 2013. A Resolution Calling On African Countries To Petition ICC To Drop Charges Against President Kenyatta And His Deputy Is To Be Tabled Before African Union Heads Of State Saturday Morning. PHOTO PPS President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) confers with Deputy President William Ruto (right) and Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia (left) at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) before leaving for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend a regional summit May 3, 2013. A resolution calling on African countries to petition ICC to drop charges against President Kenyatta and his deputy is to be tabled before African Union Heads of State Saturday morning. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed Friday declined to comment on the withdrawal.

Kenya’s Ambassador to the UN Macharia Kamau hinged the request on the premise that the Security Council has “some measure of political oversight” regarding the functioning of the ICC. The resolution agreed upon and prepared by African foreign affairs ministers, also seeks to have African countries pull out of ICC if it continues with President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto’s cases.

Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa is leading the delegation to present the resolution. “We are asking the ICC to stop the prosecution of the two Kenyan principals or they re-investigate the cases because they are a lot of falsehoods,” Mr Kutesa said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday.

“We will present our resolution to the Heads of State for them to decide,” he added. Among the proposals is a call to have the two cases returned to Kenya.

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