Mugabe says Africa must pull out of the ICC, Uhuru pledges a Sh92 million for African Court

The new African Union chairman Robert Mugabe said Saturday that Africa must pull out of the International Criminal Court. It must be on the agenda of next AU Summit in June in South Africa, said Mugabe who is also the President of Zimbabwe.

President Mugabe spoke during the closing ceremony of the 24th AU summit which ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday.

Mugabe proposal came on the heels of yet another initiative by the AU member states to establish an African Court of Justice and Human Rights to handle African cases currently referred to the ICC , at the Hague, Netherlands.

President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier said the establishment of the proposed African Court of Justice and Human Rights is now unstoppable and announced Kenya’s commitment of Sh92 million for the new judicial institution.

The President said Africa is poised to establish a broader African transitional justice policy framework and an African Court of Justice to handle all criminal cases from Africa currently referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, Netherlands.

The Head of State said he has already signed the Malabo Protocol on the African Court before the necessary instruments are transmitted to parliament for ratification.


IGAD summit on South Sudan conflict postponed

The 29th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) that was scheduled to find lasting solutions to the conflict -ravaged South Sudan was Thursday put off to Saturday.

The summit was formally postponed after hours of consultations between the Heads of State and Government from the Igad bloc on the one side and the two sides of the South Sudan Conflict.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, the current rapporteur of Igad, was among the Igad Heads of state and government who had attended the summit to explore ways of finding peace and security to South Sudan.

The other heads of states were Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Omar Bashir of Sudan, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Salva Kiir of South Sudan who is locked in political conflict with his former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar who was present with his team.

The Summit at the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa was also attended by foreign representatives and observers from various institutions including the UN.

Although no details were given over the postponement of the Summit, the unresolved issues on the South Sudan agenda include demands by some of the protagonists for a structured transitional government of national unity with a pre-determined ratio of power sharing.

The other issues causing conflict between the two sides include adequate and mutually agreeable political reforms ahead of the all-inclusive elections scheduled for May this year.

Here are some of the photos of the heads of state in attendance;