The current trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Vice-President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has again raised the accusation of race bias against the court.
The latest salvo has come from prominent Kenyan social activist Mr Ngujiri Wambugu in a newspaper column this week.
Mr Wambugu, who pointed out that he helped raise more than one million signatures in support of an intervention by the ICC into the savage tribal violence that followed disputed elections in Kenya in 2007, has basically accused the ICC of selective prosecution.
"It is quite clear the ICC is not being fair," Mr Wambugu said in his column as he questioned why former United States President George W Bush and ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair haven't been indicted for the invasion of Iraq, or why Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not being held responsible for the tens of thousands of deaths over the last year in that Middle Eastern country.
Mr Wambugu's sentiment is apparently shared by many Africans who have pointed out that the ICC, since its establishment just over a decade ago, has indicted only suspects from Africa.
Earlier this year, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who also chairs the African Union, said that ICC prosecutions "have degenerated into some kind of race hunt".
The ICC tells us on its website that it is "currently conducting investigations on crimes allegedly committed in eight states: Sudan (for the situation in Darfur), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Libya, Côte d'Ivoire, and Mali".
However, what the court's critics have apparently chosen to ignore is that it also states on its website that it is now conducting preliminary examinations in a number of situations in Afghanistan, Colombia, the Republic of Korea, Georgia, Guinea, Honduras, Nigeria, and Palestine.
From what we have read, it appears that the ICC's critics in Africa share the view that, while the court is an institution with good intentions, it suffers from a fundamentally flawed execution capacity.
Mr Wambugu, in his column, charges that the ICC "claims equal international jurisdiction [and] prides itself on acting in the interests of its member states, but contradicts itself during execution, thereby discrediting its mandate".
We are not in a position to state that the ICC is guilty of race bias. However, given the nature of the accusation it would suit the court to correct the perception, because any judgement handed down by a court perceived to be tainted will not be respected.