Kenya urged to withdraw from ICC Membership

Dr David Matsanga during one of his many clashes with the ICC. here he was pictured arguing his case with ICC deputy prosecutor James Stewart during a meeting at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. (file photo)
Dr David Matsanga during one of his many clashes with the ICC. Here he is seen arguing his case with ICC deputy prosecutor James Stewart during a meeting at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. (file photo)

By Jessica A Badebye

The chairperson of the Pan African Forum  Dr David Nyekorach Matsanga has warned of a new battle between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the East African country of Kenya and has advised the country to desist from its “dilly dally” approach and completely withdraw from the ICC because it could in the end brutalize her.

This comes in the wake of the court’s referral of Kenya to the Assembly of State Parties (ASP), 19th September 2016. ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda referred “situation Kenya” to ASP, the 124-member legislative and oversight body of the court for failing to take all reasonable steps to execute a request for cooperation from the court, by not providing clear, relevant and timely responses or taking any meaningful steps to compel production of requested information.”

In a televised statement on www.punchlineafricatv.com Dr Matsanga, an “amicus curiae” to the court said Kenya should have started the journey of departure from ICC. He argued that ICC is skillfully returning to haunt Kenyans as far as the collapsed post-election violence (PEV) 2007/8 cases, facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are concerned. Matsanga, an ardent critic of ICC’s integrity, condemned in the strongest terms possible the latest move employed by the ICC in the case against Kenya and reiterated that he has every relevant evidence to corroborate his claim, that the investigations were forged to nail President Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto. “There were no investigations, it was ‘a copy and paste job’ by some NGOs in connection with the Office of the Prosecutor,” he asserted.

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