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ICC pull out motion uncalled for, says MP

09 September 2013, 11:52 Wilshere

Nakuru - Nakuru town west MP Samuel Arama has defended Thursday's move by CORD legislators to walk out of parliament during the heated ICC pull out debate.

The lawmaker lashed out at Jubilee's leader of majority for tabling the motion saying it was uncalled for at this time when the trials against the President and his Deputy are set to begin.

“It was not good for the Jubilee MPs to table the motion because it will be seen as if we are trying to interfere with the ICC proceedings,” he said.

Speaking over the weekend at Kaptembwa grounds in Nakuru where he issued bursary cheques worth 2.7 million, Arama said that pushing for Kenya's withdrawal at the moment will in no way affect the impending cases since they will proceed as planned.

He said that the move was driven by ill advice adding that were it not for the ICC, there would have been a possibility of chaos re-occurring during the 2013 elections due to impunity.

ICC has helped us

“It is not good to mislead the public on the matter and that’s why we felt it was good to walk out because ICC has helped us,” he said.
Arama said by remaining a signatory of the Rome Statute, Kenya would have long lasting peace as it will serve as a precaution to any politician intending to instigate violence.

On the push for a referendum, Arama differed with his colleagues in ODM whom he faulted for pushing for the same saying most of the governors have not demonstrated how best they can manage the cash allocated to their counties.

“Why should we be pushing for another referendum when some of the money that the governors have been given has not been put to use?”  he posed.

He said that it would not be surprising to see most governors misappropriate funds set for county developments due to graft pointing out that any additional funds to counties should be based on merit and not a mass push by governors.

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