The case before the ICC concerning the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has been dropped on all charges.
This has occurred amidst fierce criticism from the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, who claims that the Kenyan authorities obstructed her office’s ability to put the case.
The inevitable questions, however, centre around the ICC’s credibility, and where it goes from here.
Is such scrutiny a fair outcome given the subject matters that are at stake? What lessons can be learnt from this latest episode; What roles should African states, the regional and continental bodies now play to ensure that the rule of law abides from top down and down up. Why shouldn’t African leaders be ready to subject themselves to the highest levels of scrutiny concerning the most serious international matters. Even if there have been some errors in the approaches taken by the ICC, is there any real justification for African states to attempt to pull out of the Rome Statute?
LEAP seeks your views to add to the contributions that we have received on these issues.