Kenyatta Pledges Sh92M for AU Court Of Justice
The court is intended to be the continent’s version of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
President Kenyatta pledged the amount at the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa.
There is a push to have the court’s mandate expanded to include crimes against humanity gaining support of 11 countries.
The President’s pledge is to show Kenya’s commitment to the setting up of the court and was part of the strategy to get support for the protocol signed in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, last year.
“I urge you brothers and sisters to join me in ensuring that the necessary ratifications are in place and that the resulting court is fully owned, financed and driven by Africa. This is an urgent and historic task that cannot wait,” said President Kenyatta.
He said the continent should not wait for the reform of the ICC “when we have the power, and indeed the duty, to take our destiny into our own hands”.
Kenyatta described the continent’s relationship with the ICC, which he said “poses a grave risk to peace and security not only in Africa, but to the whole world,” as an acid test of the continent’s place in the international community.
He said that from its handling of the Kenyan cases, the ICC had progressively breached the Rome Statute’s critical cornerstones of complementarity, admissibility, threshold and gravity.
By Tom Omulo.