KENYAN OPPOSITION ODM PARTY AGAINST MOTION FOR KENYA TO LEAVE ICC

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Kenya’s main opposition party, has opposed a decision by National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale to re-introduce a motion seeking Kenya’s withdrawal from the Rome statute and the International Criminal Court (ICC), following decisions to do so by South Africa and Burundi.

Led by ODM National Chairman John Mbadi, the ODM members of Parliament argue that Kenya’s withdraw from the Rome Statute is not an individual resolution, sentiments shared by State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, who confirmed that the Executive had yet to make a decision on the issue.

Manoah said on Sunday the ultimate decision of whether Kenya will withdraw from ICC has not been reached yet. A final decision on the matter is still pending at the Executive, he said, adding that the process had started in Parliament.

A Bill seeking to have Kenya pull out of the Rome Statute was tabled in the National Assembly in June so that cases of magnitude are handled locally. Esipisu said President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Cabinet had yet to apply their minds on the matter of whether Kenya should pull out of the ICC or not.

Burundi and South Africa have already signed documents to effect their withdrawal from the Hague-based court, saying it targets African leaders.

Mbadi, who is also the MP for Gwassi, said the motion being prepared by the National Assembly Majority Leader is misplaced since Kenya can only withdraw from the ICC through a referendum.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.