“We have achieved a fundamental change in how the ICC functions. This is a major victory for the Kenyan team. It is significant in how the ICC engages,” Foreign Secretary Amina Mohamed said. It sounded a bit like gloating but it is a manner that the career diplomat lady has come to be known for.
She said the Kenyan team went to the assembly with two main issues and that she was proud that they nailed both. Nailed both
She added that the approval of the excusal from trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for President Kenyatta and his deputy william Ruto was a key milestone for Kenya.
“As you are aware, the ICC had always argued that the accused person must be physically present throughout the trial. We now have a new rule that says that is in fact not the case.” she added.
The new rule 134 (4) acknowledges that the President and his Deputy President are elected by the Kenyan people in an open election and have a mandate to govern even while meeting their obligations to the international criminal court.
“As you know, we had a mandate from the AU pursuant to its resolution that no sitting heads of state or government, their deputies or people mandated to hold such offices may appear before the ICC or indeed any other court while they remain in office,” Mohamed said.
This great decision for the two leaders comes after the ICC overturned its earlier decision excusing Kenyatta from continuous presence at trial which looked like a personal vendetta against him for standing up to the court in seeking full excusal.
president Kenyatta’s and his deputy’s lawyers can now file new applications for his excusal in line with the new rule and concentrate on running the affairs of a nation that was recently attacked by terrorists and whose citizen’s deaths at road carnage is at an all time high due to errant drivers.
This news will be a severe blow to Raila Odinga and his entourage.