On Thursday ,Kenyan legislators voted to quit the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC), but the Dutch-based tribunal said it would press ahead anyway with the trials of its president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy ,William Ruto.
Parliament, dominated by the Jubilee Alliance , voted in favour of telling the government to withdraw from the ICC.
“I am setting the stage to redeem the image of the Republic of Kenya,” Aden Duale, the majority leader from Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee coalition, said on behalf of the motion.
Opposing him, minority leader Francis Nyenze said: “We’ll be seen as a pariah state, we’ll be seen as people who are reactionary and who want to have their way.”
The ICC said earlier that even if Kenya voted to withdraw, its departure from the first permanent international criminal court would take at least a year and would have no effect on cases already in train.
Mr Ruto’s trial starts on Tuesday and Mr Kenyatta’s in November, despite Kenyan efforts to have the cases dropped or moved nearer home.Both men have attended pre-trial hearings and have said they will continue to co-operate.
Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Thursday that both cases would go ahead.