Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama on Monday said Botswana has no intention of withdrawing International Criminal Court (ICC) membership when addressing at a state banquet for visiting Ghana President John Mahama.
“In recent times there have been calls from some quarters from African States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to withdraw their membership. Botswana has no intention of doing so as we continue to support the intent and purpose for why the ICC was set up,” said Khama.
“Should we have concerns about its operations, we should influence change from within the organization as opposed to leaving it,” he said.
The Kenyan government has said in a statement in January it is pushing for a comprehensive overhaul of the Rome Statute to ensure that its mechanisms duly recognize the African realities and sociopolitical context with regard to conflict resolution, justice, accountability and political stability.
Since these efforts did not succeed largely because of resistance by Western interests, Kenya will associate itself with the initiative to establish an African international justice mechanism that delivers African solutions to African problems, said the statement.
Kenya is currently leading to lobby more African countries to sign a protocol on the establishment of an African Court of Justice and Human Rights to handle all criminal cases in Africa currently referred to the ICC at Hague, Netherlands.
Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya Amina Mohamed said last month 11 countries have signed the Malabo Protocol out of required 14. Enditem