Mugabe urges Kenyatta to ignore ICC trial

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Saturday advised Kenyan leader Uhuru Kenyatta not to go to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague to answer to charges of crimes against humanity which he faces together with his deputy William Ruto, a stance likely to place the veteran leader on a collision course with the ICC.

JOHN NYASHANU

In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba said the President did not mince his words over the ICC’s alleged intransigence, saying it was heavily biased against African leaders and Kenyatta could not reduce himself by appearing before it when no Western leader had been subjected to such treatment.

“What we are opposed to is for a sitting head of state to be hauled before the ICC. He (Mugabe) also made it clear that the model of the ICC is flawed. He advised Uhuru not to go and said Zimbabwe would back him. Robin Cook (former British Foreign secretary) is on record as saying no British leader would appear before the ICC. So where is the fairness there?” Charamba queried.

His statements came amid reports that Mugabe had dressed down United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the UN boss phoned him at the African Union (AU) Special Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in a last-minute bid to persuade African leaders not to pull out of the ICC.

AU member states convened the special summit to deliberate over withdrawal from the ICC after some countries, including Zimbabwe, accused the international court of alleged bias against African leaders.

According to Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper, Mugabe was livid when Ban phoned him trying to persuade him to change his hardline stance and refusal to ratify the Rome Statutes, which gave birth to the ICC, without amendments to it.

“It is understood that President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, a strong supporter of severing links with The Hague, reminded the UN boss that he has ‘no teeth’ to push for the amendments,” sources told the Daily Nation.

The leaders remained sharply divided over the proposal to withdrawal from the ICC with most Francophone countries allegedly opposed to the suggestion while Anglophone nations were pushing for a pullout.
Those reportedly pushing for ICC withdrawal included Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania and Algeria.

The Daily Nation reported that the UN chief phoned each of the presidents in attendance to persuade them against withdrawing from the ICC.

According to the Kenyan paper, Ban promised to use his position to amend the Rome Statute to bring on board the concerns that were being raised by the continent.

After failing to find common ground, the African leaders issued five demands to the ICC and its guarantor, the United Nations Security Council, to meet and pave the way for new relations with the court on crimes against humanity and high-level impunity.

They were also said to have warned that should their list of demands not be met by November 12, the date set for Kenyatta’s trial at The Hague, they would convene another AU Special Summit to make far-reaching resolutions.

Some sections of Zimbabweans were pushing for Mugabe to be taken to the ICC over numerous alleged atrocities, in particular the 2008 killings in the run-up to the presidential election run-off in which an estimated 200 mainly MDC-T supporters were murdered by alleged Zanu PF activists. Many more lost their limbs at the hands of suspected Zanu PF activists.

39 Comments

  1. I hope we are not headed for another moment of madness.

    1. Spencer Bandura

      Sorry, Chimwango, we are well into the mother of all madness with Bob telling off the UN Secretary General as if Ban Ki-moon was little Chatunga!

  2. Hope to enjoy

  3. Good to be part and parcel of this noble idea.

  4. Hey old man… proving your cowardice yet again and trying to save your own yellow liver from your criminal and monstrous deeds! It will not matter if you recognise it or not, you are still part of this world unfortunately and will pay the price for your deeds in this world or the next! We are waiting….

  5. YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THE NEARLY 200 MDC MURDER VICTIMS OF 2008 AS WELL!

    1. LIKE ALWAYS mdc ALLEGATIONS DONT HOLD ANY WATER. THEY CANT EVEN PROVE WHAT THEY CLAIM TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE. ALL DEATHS RECORDED DURING THE PERIOD PRIOR TO THE JUNE 2008 RUNNOFF WERE ” MDC SUPPORTERS, KILLED BY ZANU PF”? REALLY?????? MAKAZONYEPERA MY NEXT DOOR AKAPONDWA NEMWANA WAKE KUDANGA STRICTLY FAMILY MATTERS BUT YOU POLITICISED IT AND TO DATE IN YOU RECORDS YOU HAVE IT AS ANOTHER EVIDENCE. I AM WAITING FOR THE DAY WHEN I WILL BE ASKED TO TESTIFY ON THAT ONE AND I WILL DRESS DOWN MACHINJA. WAKE UP PEOPLE MUGABE IS BLAMING icc FOR ITS BIASED APPROACH. WE COULD HAVE SET OUR OWN AFRICAN INSTITUTION OF CORRECTIONS HAD WE WANT TO PUNISH AFRICANS. DID YOU ANALYSE THE FORMER BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY’S WORDS I QUOTE “Robin Cook (former British Foreign secretary) is on record as saying no British leader would appear before the ICC”. AND YOU SAY MUGABE IS WRONG. HAAA TO HELL WITH YOU. GOD KNOWS BETTER THATS WHY HE CONTINUE TO BLESS HIM DAY IN DAY OUT.

      1. Are you sure of what you are writing. Stop playing with life unotora ngozi.

        1. Lets not politicize everything. The president is right. Thousands have been slaughtered by American and British leaders in the middle east yet I don’t hear anyone calling them to book. The US attacks without permission from the UN security council.
          The ICC is only there to persecute third world leaders especially Africans. Let stand united and fight against this racism.
          As for ngozi… Such things only affect those who believe them. Just look at how all these known killers are living well in our government??? Where is your ngozi then?
          And please forget about the MDC, them and Baba Jukwa used us all.

      2. Don’t jock with life boy. One day we will be talking about your family or even you.

      3. unorwara iwe. u dont know anything

  6. ts falace 2 blv mugabe wl b hauled b4 tht court bcoz
    1. No arrest warrant hz eva bn issued 4 hz arrest or any investigations on hm carried out
    2. Evn if he z indictd a case teks ova 10yrs n tha accused living in bttr luxury thn in zim

    so RGM z fighting 4 Africa n nt hmself

    1. Mugabe us fighting for Africans pple plz understand that

      1. Mugabe is fighting for the Africans pple understand…..look at Libya they go there with the pretext of bringing justice but they went there hunting and haunting Gaddaffi and look there is the looting of oil

  7. Which two hundred mdc supporters are you talking of here? Do you have evidence or you are singing your master’s (MDC-T)hymn book quotes that are based on hearing from a combi to the newsroom. I guess we all have relatives from all corners of the country, can one testify kuti he/she has a relative who was murdered during 2008 fiasco.
    I for one got many from mine to my in-laws but I’ve never been to a funeral of such a victim. Many a people died of cholera and you change those to victims of political violence. nxaaa.

    1. Iwe usataura matoto akadaro wanzwa. You are just as evil as your Mafia godfather and his goons. Unopenga here? If you have nothing to say just shut up before you incur a curse along your lineage up to the 4th generation. Which combi newsroom are you talking about? There are orphans, widows and widowers as we speak right now that have had their relations murdered at the behest of ZANU-PF SHIT LUCIFER and you have the audacity to mock people on this forum by asking madhodho akadaro. Its either you are an imbecile or evil to the core like your SHIT Party. Do not take loss of life as a joke wanzwa. Uri duzvi iwe. By the way there is cry out there and the blood of the murdered is on the hands of ZANU-PF SHIT. Uchenjere kutaura zvausingazivi zvakakupinza mutrouble by GOD himself. Those who support evil like you will answer before the creator. He neither slumbers nor sleeps. The demented rabid 90 year geriatric is hell bent on making sure that his little LUCIFERS will not face trial at the Hague one of these days. Usafunga kuti there are not known. Just know this as well, that while a lot are trying to appease ngozi dzevanhu vavakauraya it will not go unpunished up to the 4th generation. Usafarisa nekunyora zvisins basa wanzwa. Idiot

      1. Vongai you seem to have been abused and are still in pain. I’m sorry but do not put your faith in politicians. Evidently you haven’t been to Tsvangirai’s house, he is living very well thanks to his paymasters in Zanu.
        Lets focus on building our country for the sake of our less privileged because no politician or foreign power is going to do it for us.

    2. MDC pple just ejaculate statements like it or not Zimbabwe will never be ruled by a traitor no no no

      1. Nobody ever saud you should be a colony again but that does not give ZANU-PF SHIT LUCIFER the right to murder, kill and rule with impunity. By the way like I said before the angles of death in the SHIT party are known and Mugabe is not immortal. Their time of being accountable for the atrocities will come in the fullness of God’s time. Jonasi talent if you are one of the murderers, rapists, arsonists and morally bankrupt with evil going down to your bone marrow just know that GOD does neither slumber nor sleep for the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the children up to the 4th generation all in the fullness of God’s time.

    3. homo habilis mai vako ipfambi yamugabe saka ungatii pachikomba chamai.

  8. Its not surprising cos Mugabe is an enemy of the rule of law. He knows he can’t manipulate the ICC like he does his courts here. He failed to manipulate e sadc tribunal and orchestrated its abolishment now he is taking aim at icc. Why is Kenyatta and Ruto so afraid of facing icc if they’re clean?

  9. this is such s noble advice Mr President. its tym now

  10. thats a gret move by african leaders, bush blair were left scot free by the so called ICC.

  11. vongai very sorry my brother/sister my grandfather was burnt in front of his whole clan by the MDC sponcers the british , was that fair ,and by the way what i am taiking about has got evidence,so plz do not arose my anger fool

    1. Futseki. Idiot. People who do not know GOD are evil to the core including you. Did the murder of the MDC-T supporters bring back your sister/brother of whoever else was murdered by the British? Where is the CASUAL RELATIONSHIP there.Nonsense. Dhodho remunhu who does not know where to vent anger for your slain relatives. Supporters dze MDC-T who were murdered by the little LUCUFERS of ZANU-PF SHIT party by the way are black and not Britich. Your argument is nonsensical. Rubbish. You dare support killing of people simply because they hold a different political ideology from yours and you justify that by telling us my so and so was murdered by the British so these people deserved to die. Warped thinking. Go round killing people because you feel justified and go and ask people like the Machaya family vanokutaurira. Black on black murder is OK that what you are telling us and the justification is that the British murdered your so and so. May God bless your sick soul. You need redemption

  12. African father

  13. if i am to gather evidence i myt nt see tmrw i mean mangwana.en i will be the 201

  14. father africa???? musada kubatira success yevamwe moti ndeyenyu nhamo iyo ndoyedu aaaaaaah magetsi abva ayenda.

  15. Well,Uhuru should only attend if it is proven all the Western leaders who committed the “purported” offense have been also tried.Nothing special about the white man anyway…

  16. Zimbabwe just like USA , Britian and all other smart western nations have not adopted the ICC statues.

    This means the ICC has no juristiction in those countries.

    That’s unfortunate coz Mugabe , Obama, Blair, Bush shld be at the ICC

  17. Please improve your front pictures?

  18. Whether Kenyatta and Ruto are guilty or innocent that doesn’t change the fact that ICC is biased.

    1. I am not surprised because ONLY CRIMINALS WILL SUPPORT AND DEFFEND OTHER CRIMINALS. Birds of the same feathers flock together.

  19. @VONGAI,l agree with y ou there BLACK ON BLACK violence should not be celebrated so in other ways THE MOMENT OF MADNESS BY SIX BRIGADE IN MATABELELAND was okey as MUGABE put it.These are some of the things that answers are needed but ZANU supporters will blame it on the BRITISH where were they during these attrocities .The problem with our AFRICAN leaders is that they buy more GUNS than food for their nations even if they are not at WAR & Mind you on the KENYA issue ICC didn’t call their leaders before the courts actually KENYA handed over this case to the ICC because they didn’t have courts FIT to prosecute these two RUTO & KENYATTA

  20. I don’t have many words for you @ peter chit but tell to go hang. You are an idiot. You want us let Mugabe just walk scot free after what he has done to us. He has ruined our lives, killing our relatives, neighbour and friends, raping our woman. What more evidence do you want when destroyed a once vibrant economy when he has been in power for a decade. You want proof for what you idiot. I’m now wacthing you will pay a heavy price one day.

  21. @ wax murehwa, the second burning is coming, you and mugabe are going to burn too at ICC and in hell. To arouse your anger more I say your grand father was a sellout and a witch let him burn double on earth and in hell. Moron,

  22. ratidzayi kuti makachangamuka. it is the king’s privilege to make mathematical expression at the UN/ICC level as he sees good for the country.
    chenyu muri mubhawa rino iri kuwundura machongwe arere zvawo pa round table kudakara ava musvo.
    huye futi meet one another half way muyendese nyika forward. kana magona izvozvo munenge mava varume vamandorokwati.

  23. The surviving former selous scouts who tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands of blacks should never be investigated nor tried for 2 reasons:

    1. The very person they all want hanged saved them from the noose through forgiveness of past sins, in short their sins are forgiven.
    2. They did not kill their own people

    So their cases must not be talked about, let us move on. We only talk about whatever happened after 1982 because whatever happened after 1982 can only incriminate Mugabi and since we want Mugabi to go let’s sign the ICC thing and build a case against him. Coltart has already done all ground work and he can lead the team. His hands are clean and white.

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