Africa’s push to withdraw from ICC blocked, countries divided
Saturday July 23 2016
Sudanese President Omar al Bashir at a State function in Uganda. African Union leaders have consistently refused to enforce an ICC arrest warrant against the Sudanese leader. FILE PHOTO | MORGAN MBABAZI
Mr Ruto, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and four others had been charged with crimes against humanity related to the 2007/8 post-election violence.
Kenya, had, therefore been at the forefront of lobbying African countries to withdraw from the court on the grounds that it was targeting African leaders and carrying out an imperialist agenda.
The new push, however, is believed to have been fronted by Uganda and Sudan. Botswana and Senegal strongly lobbied against the motion.