Saturday, October 1, 2016 – International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has said that the ICC court will be watching carefully on how the 2017 Presidential elections will be conducted in Kenya.
In an interview with Journalists for Justice, Bensouda, said though the court failed to prosecute criminals who speared Kenya’s 2007-08 post election violence, this time around her office will be watching the country careful.
“Until now, Kenya is a State Party to the Rome Statute. As an Office of the Prosecutor, our mandate remains the same. We cannot ignore if crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the court happen or we assess that it is about to happen. We will not. We cannot say because we had a bad experience in Kenya we will turn the other away; we will not. We will continue to monitor the situation in Kenya just like in any other State Party to the Rome Statute,” Bensouda said.
He said if President Uhuru Kenyatta or opposition leader, Raila Odinga, start violence after the poll, ICC will not hesitate in arresting them and sending them to an ICC jail.
“If it requires again for the ICC to intervene, we will not hesitate to do that. We all have learnt our lessons. We have seen the difficulties we have been confronted with; we have learnt lessons from there and we are already trying to do things differently,” she said.