President Uhuru Kenyatta and the government of Kenya have maintained studios silence after the International Criminal Court elected Kenya’s Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch to the Vice Presidency of the court.
Aluoch, a judge at the institution, will deputise the court’s president,Â Argentinian Judge Silvia FernÃ¡ndez de Gurmendi . Also elected to the position of second vice presidency is Judge Kuniko Ozaki.
The regime, whose top two leaders are indicted by the court, is said to be viewing the developments at the ICC as a slap in their face owing to the fact that majority of citizens do not view the ICC as an antagonistic institution to the country.
Yesterday when news of the elevation of Aluoch first hit social media, many Kenyans welcomed the announcement with congratulatory messages to the lady justice who served in Kenya for many years before joining the Hague-based court.
The snub by the government is not new as Kenya under President Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto has often treated the ICC as number one international ‘enemy’.
Top Jubilee women leaders, including First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Mrs Rachel Ruto, spouse of the Deputy President, have also kept quiet.
Aluoch becomes the first Kenyan to hold such an important judicial position at the global stage.