President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. Photo PPS
Thursday, September 05, 2013
In one sense this is a calculated piece of political theatre. The issue of the ICC is generally agreed to have helped, not hindered, the electoral prospects of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.
The debate in parliament will rekindle a sense of righteous anger among many here who feel that the president and his deputy are the victims, rather than the alleged perpetrators, of injustice.
This is a notion that is gaining currency, not just in Kenya, but across Africa. In May, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accused the ICC of racist bias and of "hunting Africans."
That kind of sentiment could prove useful in the weeks to come, to counter the potential negative impression created by pictures of Mr Ruto in the dock.
Even if Kenya does eventually withdraw from the Rome Statute, it will not halt prosecutions currently under way. But it could embolden other African nations to follow suit.