This month, the Kenyan parliament accepted a motion to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). 15 years ago, a conference of 160 states adopted the “Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court”. This treaty was the basis for the ICC; a court that prosecutes crimes of concern to the international community as a whole: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. A lot of countries are members of the Rome Statute, but the USA and Russia are not, for instance. Until now, the ICC has investigated cases from 8 countries: Uganda, DR Congo, Central African Republic, Mali, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Sudan and Libia.
The fact that only African situations are prosecuted has led African leaders, assembled in the African Union, to doubt the impartiality of the court. Their opinion is that the ICC was a nice idea, but that it is now abused by powerful nations to install leaders that they prefer in Africa.
In the meantime, the case against president Kenyatta and vice-president Ruto goes on as planned. The first witness against Ruto has testified in ‘Hague’. This quote from Kenyatta is a good illustration of the drama and religious zeal that characterize the way they handle their trials:
The whole world is full of challenges, but we believe that even though there are challenges ahead of us, we know through your prayers we will surmount them.
We have also had a confrontation with crime in Kenya. On the fatal morning, the clear view was the reason that we drove a bit out of town, along a quiet but not deserted tarmac. When we had made some pictures and wanted to drive off, three men came to us. Their machete convinced us quickly to give everything we had on us, and off they were, with our motor bike. We quickly got a lift to town. The only injury we sustained was a cut on Freddy’s forehead. Today, a week after the robbery, the stitches have been removed.
It was a bizarre experience that still gives me a feeling of insecurity. The good news of today is that the camera was found, and that the police is going to follow that trace to try and find the robbers. The SD card was removed, so we lost the pictures of that morning. Which is a pity because they were beautiful pictures of Mount Kenya. But I don’t think we will try to shoot them again at that place…