Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has accused the International Criminal Court(ICC) of “mishandling” cases related to two top Kenyan officials.
“The ICC, in a shallow, biased way, has continued to mishandle complex African issues. Kenya is recovering. Let her recover. The latest manifestation of arrogance is from the ICC in relation to the elected leaders of Kenya, ” Museveni said in a speech at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.
“We know the origin of the past mistakes. The ICC way is not the right one to handle those mistakes, ” he added.
On September 10, Kenyan Vice President William Ruto stood trial in the ICC at The Hague, the Netherlands. Ruto has been charged with engineering violence following the 2007 presidential election, which led to the killing of more than 1,000 people. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing trial in November on similar charges. The African Union is trying to shift the trial of Kenyatta and Ruto to Kenya and has accused the Hague-based ICC of singling out Africans for prosecution. African leaders plan to organize a special summit next month amid rising opposition to the trials of the two top Kenyan officials. The summit “will be a follow-up to the decision” taken by the African leaders in May, when “they requested the International Criminal Court to facilitate giving Kenya the opportunity to investigate and try the accused,” the deputy head of the executive branch of the African Union, Erastus Mwencha, said on September 20. He further noted that the meeting would take place “in early October” in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Moreover, Kenya’s parliament passed a motion for Kenya to withdraw from the court proceedings earlier this month, claiming the West was trying to interfere in Kenyan domestic affairs. The ICC court, however, announced that it would continue the trial even in the absence of the two political leaders.