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Johannesburg - The ANCYL has welcomed the African Union's call for the adjournment of cases against Kenya's president and his deputy at The Hague's International Criminal Court (ICC).
“As the ANCYL, we welcome the AU's position and decision on the matter of the Kenyan president because (the country is in a) constitutional crisis,” African National Congress Youth League president Mzwandile Masina told reporters in Johannesburg.
At a summit in Addis Ababa on Saturday, the AU urgently asked for the deferral of the cases against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto so they could “fulfil their duties to run the country”.
The ICC has charged the Kenyan leaders with crimes against humanity for allegedly masterminding the ethnic violence that left at least 1100 dead after the disputed 2007 elections.
At the summit, Kenyatta reportedly accused the court of “bias and race-hunting”.
Earlier this week, the French news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP), reported that Ruto, who was speaking at a media briefing near the ICC, had said the recent Islamist attack on a Nairobi mall had prompted Kenya to call on the UN Security Council to postpone the case for a year.
Ruto reportedly said he and Kenyatta needed to deal with the matter of terrorism and balance their responsibilities of running the country, AFP reported.
“We are not saying it is not correct for anyone to stand trial if they have to,” Masina said.
“We want to encourage leadership at home, the African National Congress, to enter that debate vigorously. We need to focus on African solutions for African problems,” Masina said.
He said the ANCYL was considering making a call for Africa's own justice court.