According to the story appearing now on the The Standard Online, the ICC has appointed a judge from Uganda to preside over the appeal lodged by the Kenya Government on the question of admissibility of Ocampo’s case against the Ocampo Six.
The decision is inappropriate and wrong.
While I support the ICC process against the Ocampo Six and am confident all of its judges are competent and quite capable of rendering sound judgment as any other, including this judge from Uganda, this decision is nonetheless bone headed because Uganda is too close to home they might as well have appointed a Kenyan judge to do the job; why not, the prejudices and suspicions from either side of the issue for impartiality or lack thereof would be there no matter the outcome of the ruling.
ICC should rethink and appoint someone from even other neighbors like Tanzania or Ethiopia, which have not been mentioned together with the disputed election results of 07 and the post-election violence that followed, as Uganda has.
I can see the government filing an appeal just on this basis alone, if the ruling goes against it, therefore further delaying the proceedings.
Somebody at the Hague surely must have thought about this before the decision was made.
Conversely, they probably did but do not mind the inevitable appeal and delay should the government lose.
I just can’t believe either one, especially given there are so many other judges they could have appointed from any of the many nations represented at the ICC.
Peace, Love and Unity
Samuel N. Omwenga, Esq.