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CORD MP distances himself from ICC cases deferral deal

22 October 2013, 18:32 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - John Mbadi, Suba MP who is a member of the CORD coalition, has denounced reports published in one of the local dailies stating that a group of CORD MPs him included are striking a deal to have the ICC cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto deferred.

Addressing the press at the Parliament buildings, Mbadi stated that he does not support impunity and that it would be better for President Kenyatta to appear before judges at the Hague to defend himself against the charges he faces.

"I would like to state categorically, clear and candidly that I do not support any effort made for the deferral of the ICC cases, and I have neither involved nor planned to associate myself with the Jubilee coalition regarding the Hague issue," said Mbadi.

"Indeed the victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence need to have justice, and what would I explain if asked to give the reason for having the cases deferred?" he posed.

Mbadi said that he will remain firm to CORD's stand of having the cases proceed at the ICC without any delay by interfering with the Court's proceedings.

He added that last week, MPs from Jubilee coalition called him for a meeting but declined to attend when he was informed that the main agenda was on the ICC cases.

Mbadi held that he could not respond to the invitation because CORD coalition had not convened any joint meeting to discuss the Hague cases since they had already rejected the motion tabled by Adan Duale, Majority Leader in Parliament, to withdraw Kenya from the Rome Statute.

"Although we are in a democratic era, CORD MPs who are willing to work with Jubilee coalition to have the cases deferred can join them. If CORD intends to have those cases deferred, then better it picks on other MPs for representation not me," Mbadi said.

Mbadi stated that it is unprofessional for a reporter to report without confirming the stand of the other party, and asked for an immediate apology from the newspaper.    

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