African countries contemplate withdrawing from the Hague

Thirty-six African countries are contemplating withdrawing their membership from the International Criminal Court (ICC) by January, next year, the Tanzanian National Assembly was told on Wednesday.
The African Union (AU) summit, scheduled for January 2015 is expected to discuss the matter, among others, according to Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Bernard Membe.
The move by the African countries comes at a time the Hague-based court summoned Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to appear before it in regard to the post-election violence that rocked that country in 2007.
Minister Membe made the remarks in response to a supplementary question by MP Yahya Kassim Issa who expressed concern over Kenyatta’s summon while heads of state in Africa had earlier opposed the move.
“It is at this meeting that Africa will make a decision on whether to remain or pull out of the international court,” Minister Membe told the House.
Responding to a basic question raised by the legislator earlier, Mr Membe said the government of Tanzania was satisfied with the status of co-operation among African countries in addressing challenges they face.
He explained that despite an arrest warrant being issued by the ICC to arrest several African leaders, the leaders have continued to walk around in various countries without being arrested, thanks to good co-operation between the governments.
Credit: Daily News

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