Africa must quit ICC: Zim

HARARE - Zimbabwe is cheer-leading its African counterparts mulling disengaging from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The AU will hold an extraordinary summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, tomorrow to review Africa’s continued participation in the court.

This follows fierce lobbying by Kenya, which wants the AU to withdraw en bloc from the international court amid growing anger on the continent over its perceived bias.

The court is prosecuting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, on charges of orchestrating ethnic violence after the elections in 2007.

More than 1 000 people were killed in the bloodshed. The court has been ratified by 121 countries, 34 of them in Africa.

Zimbabwe has refused to ratify the court.

Joey Bimha, Foreign Affairs secretary, yesterday told the Daily News Zimbabwe will attend the summit with a view to pushing other countries on the continent to abandon the ICC which he said was being abused by “neo-colonialists”.

“As a country we are happy that finally our African peers have found sense in why we refused to sign the Rome statutes which created the ICC — it is because of its provisions that are against African nations,” Bimha said.

“We did not accede to the Rome statute because it was against our sovereignty, and the president is attending to give guidance to other countries on why they should leave it.

“These countries acceded to the provisions of the Rome statute in good faith, only to realise that it is now being used by western powers to destabilise their operations and independence.”

Many African leaders have branded the ICC a “neo-colonialist” institution that only targets Africans, prompting the debate on a possible departure from the ICC.

The Hague-based court was set up in 2002 to try the world’s worst crimes, and countries voluntarily sign up to join.

Comments (4)

African leaders and their supporters commit some of the most heinous crimes against their own people. That is why they want to leave the ICC so they can continue to butcher innocent citizens without being accountable to anyone. The judiciaries in most African countries re a laughing stock, so the leaders want to ensure they will commit genocide with impunity. Why doesn't Uhuru keep his election promise in which he said he would attend the trial in The Hague? If he is innocent, he will be acquitted so that he can stand up to the world and say he is clean and the court was mistaken. Some witnesses in Kenya have disappeared or have been intimidated into withdrawing evidence. Africa is the most brutalized of all continents, especially during elections. That is a fact which everyone knows. If Africa leaves the ICC, then we are back to the dark ages of dictatorships and mass murder in the name of sovereignty which, to some African leaders, means murdering their own people without anyone raising a finger.

Chenjerai Hove - 11 October 2013

I am among those who do not see the point of having this ICC. Granted, there are a lot of African leaders who may desrve to be on trial for crimes against their fellow people. however, justice is only fair if it is applied in a uniform manner without favour. If the ICC cant put people like G.W Bush for his crimes then it should just not exist.

nathaniel khotso - 11 October 2013

Saka maAfrican vopedza vanhu vavo nekuti Bush haasati asungwa. Saka regai tipere hedu tozomuka zvipoko.

Mavara Azarevhu - 11 October 2013

Mugabe fears a Charles Taylor retirement. Sweat u evil zanoid. Time run out.

biggest boss - 11 October 2013

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