Khaniri urges Uhuru to attend ICC trial
31 October 2013, 17:37
Vihiga - Vihiga senator George Khaniri has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend his cases at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, which are scheduled to start later this month.
Khaniri said that no court in the whole world has the authority to jail any individual without sufficient grounds and thus the President should have nothing to fear about .
“We are urging our President to attend to his case at the ICC because we are sure he is innocent and will be proven so by the judges. The many debates on whether he should go or not should not hamper our development,” Khaniri said.
He was speaking at Kapsotik secondary school in Hamisi constituency during a recent function.
He further noted that if the President will have the audacity to attend the cases, he will bestow the trust of the Kenyans in him.
Hamisi Member of Parliament, Charles Gimose, seconded Khaniri’s sentiments saying that the move to avert the case is not guided by any wise counsel as the international institutions are more credible and will solve the issue amicably.
“The African Union (AU) cannot claim that by pulling out of the Rome Statute they will be solving our problems here on the ground. It is not a wise move either. They should give the court time to deal with the cases leveled against the three Kenyans,” he said.
He further noted that it was not the wish of any Kenyan to have their sitting President or his Deputy stand in the dock at the ICC defending themselves against charges against humanity.
“If anything, the country is at peace and we can allow the two to not go to the ICC after all. But the problem is that we have already taken ourselves there and we cannot just negate ICC at this moment. Uhuru should respect the court,” he said.
Dr. Gimose, who is also a member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, noted that it could be better for the African leaders to unite for more burning issues in the continent, other than just congregating only when defending selfish ambitions.
“Our President was not indicted by the ICC while he was a President, and he had earlier said that the ICC case was a personal problem. It is better for him to deal with the problem individually,” he said.
Sabatia MP, Alfred Agoi, also supported the move saying that the President should go to The Hague and clear his name earliest possible so that he can come and concentrate on developmental issues in the country.
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