Uhuru used the State as a shield against his trial

President Uhuru Kenyatta (second right) consoles Agnes Njeri, the sister of Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia, during the funeral service for Mr Kimemia's father Joseph Kimemia Migwi on October 3, 2014. The ending of the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta provides an opportunity to take stock of the effects it has had on the country. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • It was always the understanding that Mr Kenyatta, who faced charges before the International Criminal Court (ICC) long before he became president, was charged in an individual capacity rather than as the President of Kenya.
  • The AU also resolved, once again, that no serving African head of state should stand trial before the ICC and urged President Kenyatta not to attend his trial at The Hague.
  • The AU summit raised real fears that unless Kenya was appeased in some way, there may be a mass walkout by the 23 African states that are members of the ICC.
  • In particular, there was uncertainty for much of last year, ultimately, about whether or not President Kenyatta would cooperate with the court in his trial.

The ending of the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta provides an opportunity to take stock of the effects it has had on the country.

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