ICC must now let collapsed Kenyan cases just be – Sakaja

June 11, 2017 9:28 pm
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But Nominated MP Sakaja says the court has been pushing for a regime change in the country/FRANCIS MBATHA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11- Jubilee Senate aspirant Johnson Sakaja is now calling on the International Criminal Court to let Kenyans decide who they want as their next leaders, come the August General Election.

This is after reports emerged quoting ICC senior trial attorney Anton Steynberg saying that he regrets the collapse of the Kenyan cases, and pointing out that he hopes they can be revived if another regime forms the government.

“Our cases were weakened to such a situation as we didn’t think in our right conscience that we could proceed with them as it were. It is said the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. Who knows, the next regime may be much more cooperative, or the next after the next,” he said in an article published in the Standard Newspaper.

“I am not about to retire…I can wait.”

In the report, the trial lawyer says the cases “were weakened to such a situation we didn’t think in our right conscience that we could proceed with them as it were.”

But nominated MP Sakaja says the court has been pushing for a regime change in the country.

“The cases were over because His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta as well his Deputy President William Ruto were vindicated. They didn’t have a formidable case against them but they now want a government that will help them to return the ICC case. Are they interested in regime change or justice?” he asked.

“Kenyans should remember who the owners of ICC are. They should stop wasting our time and Kenyans should remember who the owners of ICC are.”

If the trend continues, he said, the country will once again mobilise African countries to walk out of the court, which he says is targetting African leaders.

“We are members of the Rome Statute and if they continue with that narrative, we are going to do what we promised at the African Union… we are going to lead all African countries to walk out of the ICC,” he said.

“They are just playing games with African leaders…that is what they are doing. And that regime change they think they are going to get by getting Raila (Odinga’s) government in power will never happen…because it is never going to happen.”

Six Kenyans were facing crime against humanity in the court, led by President Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto over the 2007-2008-post election violence that claimed over 1,000 lives and left 600,000 others internally displaced.

Others included politician Henry Kosgey, journalist Joshua arap Sang, Francis Muthaura and former Commissioner of Police Mohammed Hussein Ali.

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