Jubilee MPs will force Kenya out of ICC
17 October 2014, 17:18
Nairobi - A group of MPs says it will force Kenya out of the Rome Statutes due to what they term as disrespect from the ICC.
Led by Tetu MP Ndung'u Githinji, the MPs said that they will review the benefits of the Rome Statutes to Kenya's laws, adding that the planned review will determine the action taken.
" I think that for the sake of Kenyans, we need to see if the ICC process is adding value to Kenya as a sovereign nation and if not, we shall pull out indefinitely," Githinji said at an ICC forum Friday at a Nairobi hotel.
The forum christened 'Is Kenya on Trial', was organised by Change Associate Kenya.
Githinji added that African Member States under the banner of the African Union AU need to review the implication of the laws on their respective countries.
" ICC assaulted Kenya by summoning President Uhuru Kenyatta to the court despite the resolution by the African Union not to have any sitting heads of state attend court sessions, he added.
" I think it is important we draw a line. The ICC has to respect the decision of the African Union not to summon sitting presidents to appear before the court.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria also insisted that Kenya must seek to change laws to protect perceived sovereignty of the nation.
" We have to completely remove the issue of the international crimes act so that the Rome Statute is removed from the Kenyan law," he said.
The president, whilst heading to the Hague, said he had acted in good faith on several occasions to allow the ICC process take place uninterrupted but was disappointed the court had failed to return the favour.
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