NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 22 – African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha has described the performance of the International Criminal Court as below par.
He said the court had failed to live up to its expectations and ended up profiling African countries only to its detriment.
“If you look at the performance of the International Criminal Court it has performed below par in many ways, shoddy kind of investigations, profiling Africa more than any other and being seen as a tool that is not independent,” said Mwencha
He urged the Court to conduct self assessment and ensure that it puts its house in order before everyone loses faith in its ability to provide justice and just rulings.
“I think the courts needs to really do some self examination, to see itself as an independent court as a court that would acquit itself—so that it can have confidence of the people—when you look at that court it is Africa that goes there but then Africa is disappointed at how it behaves,” said Mwencha.
Close to three week ago, the International Criminal Court (ICC) dropped all charges levelled against President Uhuru Kenyatta; bring to light the glaring loopholes in the case spanning six years.
This came after the same court in March 11th just a week after the General Election dropped the case against Kenyatta’s co-accused former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura, after the prior dismissal of the cases against former Tinderet MP, Henry Kosgei and former Commissioner of Police Major Hussein Ali.
Kenyatta had been charged with crimes against humanity including murder, rape, persecution and deportation as an “indirect co-perpetrator” in the 2007/08 post poll that left more than 1,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.