The Interview

Kenyan president urges ICC ‘reform’ after Ruto mistrial

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta repeated his call for African states to pull out of the International Criminal Court unless it reforms in the wake of the ICC’s decision to drop crimes against humanity charges against Deputy President William Ruto and declare a mistrial.


The Kenyan president insisted the ICC is being "pushed to follow specific cases".

"Unless this organisation is reformed, to be able to focus itself on what it is supposed to be doing in a fair and balanced manner, we in Kenya and we as Africans need to then pull out because we cannot have a court that is pursuing agendas other than that which that organisation was legally constituted to do", he told FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman.

Uhuru Kenyatta also sounded optimistic on the war against terror, which he called a "war of civilisations". He said he believed that "ultimately not only will al Shabaab be vanquished, al Qaeda will be vanquished and ISIS (another name for the Islamic State group) will be vanquished, but this requires all of us to act in concert at a global level".

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