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Kenya should clearly state stand on ICC

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By Peter Mwangi | February 1st 2017

After the country experienced post-election violence in 2007, six Kenyans were charged at the International Criminal Court.

The accused defended themselves saying they were sacrificial lambs as they were never involved, in any way, in the violence.

Kenyans fought hard that the indicted could come back home. The court dropped some of the cases, saying they had no evidence to prove the accused had been actually involved in the post-election violence.

After remaining with four cases, Kenyans continued pushing for its withdrawal from the criminal court. The court later dropped other two cases and only two remained.

Throughout this period, the Jubilee administration, especially as two of the leaders had cases to answer, pushed for Kenya's withdrawal from the ICC, saying the court was meant to prosecute leaders from the African continent and their counterparts from other continents were not questioned even when they go against the law and cause deaths in their countries.

The Government pushed the ICC arguing it was in a position to handle matters affecting the country internally without outside interference.

The Government went ahead to convince other African countries to back its decision of withdraw from the court saying the continent was in a position to come up with a criminal court resembling the ICC.

After the two remaining cases collapsed due to the fact that there was no enough evidence to prosecute them, I have not heard any leader talking about the issue of ICC.

The big question is; was the withdrawal agenda driven by the leaders to escape from this criminal court? If they really meant what they were saying, why haven't they continued to push for the same after the court terminated their cases?

The ICC court has started fresh investigation to establish whether the witnesses were interfered with, so that the court would find evidence to prosecute the Kenyans again.

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