Kenya ICC trials: Botswana now backs Kenyatta

2013-10-17 10:05
Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta. (File, AFP)

Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town – Botswana, the only African country to have denounced a resolution at the just ended AU summit to have the trial of Kenyan Leader deferred by the International Criminal Court, has made a stunning U-turn  saying there were legitimate reasons to suspend the trial due to start on 12 November.   

According to Africa Review, Botswana's minister of foreign affairs, Phandu Skelemani said the time lag would allow President Uhuru Kenyatta to focus on the threat of terrorism by al-Shabaab in the east African country.

Botswana had earlier opposed the resolution saying the AU was politicising "a legal matter".

Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto face crimes against humanity charges for Kenya's 2007-2008 post-election violence in which more than 1 000 people died.

The AU proposed at the weekend during a summit in Ethiopia that Africans should deal with cases of genocide through an AU-backed court, and should not be forced to resort to the ICC in The Hague.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  au  |  uhuru kenyatta  |  william ruto  |  botswana  |  kenya  |  southern africa  |  east africa

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