Parliament in Kenya votes to sanction the country’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Kenya's new leaders

Kenya’s new leaders

During an emergency session, Kenya’s Parliament voted to sanction the country’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, the (ICC). MPs from the governing Jubilee coalition have unanimously approved the resolution to withdraw the country from the ICC and have urged the Government to take steps to remove the country out of the Rome Statute that established the ICC.

Kenya will become the first country to revoke its membership of the ICCiIf the resolution to suspend any links, cooperation and assistance to the court is executed.

The Government is required to introduce a bill to parliament within 30 days to repeal the International Crimes Act which created the Rome Statute. If the bill is approved, the Government will notify the secretary general of the UNied Nations about Kenya’s decision to sever ties with the ICC.

The process will take about a year to complete. ICC officials have cautioned that the action has no bearing on the trials of President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. MP’s of Kenya’s governing coalition Jubilee, have said that the ICC was simply pursuing a neo-colonial agenda.
MPs justified their calls for the cases to be tried at home by invoking the sovereignty and independence of the country. They attcked civil societies like the African Centre for Open Governance (Africog), as instigating the two cases at the ICC.

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