Discovery shocked by Tutu's withdrawal

Discovery said it was disappointed with Desmond Tutu's decision to withdraw from its summit.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Discovery on Tuesday said it was shocked by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's decision to pull out of its Invest Leadership Summit.

Earlier, the iconic figure said he could not share a podium with fellow speaker and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, because of his role in the Iraq war.

Discovery spokesperson Hylton Kallner said the company was disappointed that Tutu would not share his inspirational words with delegates.

"The intention was to interview Tutu on his experiences. He would have been inspirational in that regard."

According to a statement released by Blair, he said he was sorry Tutu decided to pull out.

Thursday's summit will feature Blair and Chess master Garry Kasparov.

Meanwhile, several Durban-based Muslim groups have rallied for a citizen's arrest of the former prime minister.

According to Muslim group Al Jama-ah, Blair was complicit in the murder of thousands in Iraqis.

It said he should face war crime charges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.