Kenyan legislators have been recalled from recess to discus the move to withdraw the country’s International Criminal Court membership .
The legislators are set to discuss a proposal to withdraw from the Rome Statute over President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto’s cases being heard at Hague.
A resolution supporting Kenya’s withdrawal is likely to be passed, though the move is receiving opposition from CORD leaders.
Joyce Laboso ,the Parliament’s Deputy Speaker issued the order for the “special sitting of the assembly” to take place on Thursday.
Over 40 legislators have promised to support a motion calling for Kenya to end its membership of the ICC, the local Daily Nation newspaper reports.Kenya’s parliament is dominated by the Jubilee coalition, led by Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto.
The ICC however argue that that cases of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto would continue, even if Kenya pulled out.
“As indicated in the Rome Statute of the ICC, a withdrawal does not have any impact on the open cases nor on the State’s obligations regarding cases that are already open before the ICC.” Said ICC spokesman Fadi el Abdallah
President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to appear at The Hague in November on charges similar to those faced by Mr Ruto.
The ICC deals with genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression
Court has been ratified by 121 countries, including 34 in Africa.