Goodluck Wants ICC Trials Referred Back to Kenya
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan now wants the United Nations Security Council to refer the Kenyan cases at the ICC back to the country.
Yesterday Jonathan said it is wrong for the international community to use the treaties ratified by the African member states to hurt them saying they were meant to address emerging problems.
He was addressing a joint session of the Senate and the National Assembly at Parliament Buildings. President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua Sang’ are facing crimes against humanity for their role in the 2007-08 post election violence.
Jonathan said the peaceful conduct of the March 4 general election was a signal to the international community that Kenya can handle its own affairs. “The recent peaceful election shows that Kenya is ready to solve its own problems,” he said.
The US government has urged Kenya to ensure that its commitments to seek justice for the victims of the 2007-2008 post- election violence is fulfilled.
State department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the government should reaffirm its commitment to its international obligation as a state party to the Rome Statute.
She was speaking at a press conference in Nairobi on Thursday, The National Assembly on Thursday approved a motion that compels the government to initiate the process of repealing the International Crimes Act.
The motion ultimately seeks to withdraw Kenya from the Rome Statute. “We urge the government of Kenya to fulfil its commitments to seek justice for the victims of the 2007-08 post-election violence,” Psaki said.
Speaking in Gulu, Northern Uganda, the President of the Assembly of States Parties Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, said the International Criminal Court was established to fight against impunity.
He said these includes the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole. ” I hope that Kenya will remain within the Rome Statute and thus continue to contribute to the fight against impunity, which is a common endeavour of all States,” Intelman said.
Activist Ken Wafula said it is unfortunate and hypocritical for the MPs to accuse the civil society of concpiracy in the ICC case. “The truth is that the civil society has been doing its work. We have not been paid to do anything,” he said.