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UPC Urges Kenyan Indicted Leaders to Remain Committed to ICC Process

UPC Spokes Person and Policy Analyst Okello Lucima said that in the spirit of fighting impunity in African states, the new Kenyan leaders should fully cooperate with the ICC process.

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Days after Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta was inaugurated as the 4th Kenyan President, the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) says vying for political seats was a democratic right, but the indicted leader and his deputy should remain committed to the ICC process.

 

Responding to questions from Uganda Radio Network, UPC spokesperson and policy analyst Okello Lucima said that in the spirit of fighting impunity in African states, the new Kenyan leaders should fully cooperate with the ICC process.

 

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Western countries including the United States of America have also indicated that they cannot ignore the serious charges that have been set out in the International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment on the two leaders.

 

Following the election of Uhuru Kenyatta in a race where he garnered 6.1 million votes against his close contender Raila Oginga Odinga’s 5.3 million, Hilary Renner the spokesperson for the USA department of African Affairs said the USA will regulate its engagements with Kenya accordingly.

 

 Uhuru and Ruto are indicted at the ICC for their role in the post 2007 election violence where over 1000 people lost their lives and thousand others displaced.

 

While UPC Vice President Joseph Bbosa said that it was regrettable that Uganda which is signatory to the Rome statute, is yet to show commitment to the workings of the statute.

 

Bbosa criticized President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for taking double standards on ICC in his speech at the inauguration of Kenya’s president.

 

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However, Okello suggested that it was only understandable in circumstances like Rwanda in the 1994 genocide, and Sierra Leone 1991-2003 civil war, where crimes were committed before constituting the Rome Statute to pursue justice under set tribunals.

 

In this case the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the Special Courts for Sierra Leone.

 

The Rome statute entered in force on July 1st 2002. Before then, tribunals were created jointly by the United Nations and the specific states to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against humanity.

 

The coming to force of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was meant to end impunity. 

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