Cape Town – Botswana, the only African country to have denounced
a resolution at the just ended AU summit to have the trial of Kenyan Leader deferred
by the International Criminal Court, has made a stunning U-turn saying there were legitimate reasons to
suspend the trial due to start on 12 November.
According to Africa Review, Botswana's minister of foreign
affairs, Phandu Skelemani said the time lag would allow President Uhuru Kenyatta
to focus on the threat of terrorism by al-Shabaab in the east African country.
Botswana had earlier opposed the resolution saying the AU
was politicising "a legal matter".
Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto face crimes against humanity charges for Kenya's 2007-2008
post-election violence in which more than 1 000 people died.
The AU proposed at the weekend during a summit in
Ethiopia that Africans should deal with cases of genocide through an AU-backed
court, and should not be forced to resort to the ICC in The Hague.