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African Union Adopts Kenyatta’s Motion to Exit Rome Statute

President Uhuru Keyatta arrives in Nairobi last evening from the 26th AU Summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Chief Observer and head of delegation of the European Union observer Mission, viagra 60mg http://datedgear.com/wp-includes/ms-functions.php Mr. Eduard Kukan has expressed worry over the delay in commencing the voting process in some of polling stations.

He was touring the National theatre polling station to assess the situation, ailment http://crazytour.am/wp-includes/cache.php as one of the Mission’s objectives.

By 9:30am when the observers got at the polling station, look people were already queuing up ready to cast their ballot.

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“So far, the voting process is going on peacefully in the places we’ve been to. However reports from our observers all over the country say most polling stations opened late and distribution of voting materials also delayed,” Mr. Kukan told journalists on Thursday.

He added: “We don’t have observers everywhere but from what I have heard, these delays could impact substantially on the eventual results.”

The Electoral Commission Chairman Badru Kiggundu has since extended the voting deadline from 4:00pm to 7:00pm for Kampala and Wakiso Districts which registered high cases of delays in the voting exercise.

Kukan noted that the process was calm with no reports of tension and said he was optimistic that the situation will keep like that.

The European Union election observer mission is in Uganda on the invitation of the government of Uganda to monitor the 2016 general elections.

After recording their observations, the team will release a preliminary report two days after the elections.
The African Union yesterday adopted, what is ed http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp-pure.php without amendments, more about http://companyimpact.com/waterbills/wp-includes/category-template.php a proposal by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to develop a roadmap for the continent’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute.

Mr Kenyatta told the 26th AU Summit meeting in Addis Ababa, story Ethiopia, President Kenyatta that he was disappointed by the way cases brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) were handled.

He said the court had subjected him and Deputy President William Ruto to “cases built with weak investigations and pursued with politicized zeal.”

President Kenyatta earlier faced crimes against humanity charges at the court but his case was terminated in March 2015 after prosecutor Fatou Bensouda withdrew the charges against him due lack of sufficient evidence.

Currently, DP Ruto and former radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang facing similar charges at The Hague-based court.

The court is also hearing the case in which the Ugandan former rebel commander Dominic Ongwen faces a number of charges relating to crimes against humanity.

“The Prosecution seeks for the court to proceed without evaluating evidence. In any criminal justice system, these cases would never have come to trial. It is our expectation that the law will be applied and cases terminated,” President Kenyatta said.

He urged African nations to relentlessly strive to reform the ICC. “It is my sincere hope that our ICC reform agenda will succeed so that we can return to the instrument we signed up for.

“If it does not, I believe its utility for this continent at this moment of global turmoil will be extremely limited. In that eventuality, we will be failing in our duty if we continue to shore up a dysfunction instrument,” the President said.

He, at the same time, called for the AU to insist on the termination of the case against DP Ruto which he said had already “collapsed.”

The call for African nations to exit the Rome Statue has previously been made by President Yoweri Museveni, who accused the ICC of unfairly targeting African leaders.

Museveni in 2014 had promised to personally table a motion before the AU to have all African nations “get out of that western court.”

“I supported the court at first because I like discipline. I don’t want people to err without accountability,” he said.

“But they have turned it into a vessel for oppressing Africa again so I’m done with that court. I won’t work with them again.”

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