MPs will go to ICC if AU does not handle South Sudan crisis
25 April 2014, 19:26
Nairobi – The National Assembly’s (N.A) Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights MPs have issued a 7-day notice to the African Union (AU) assembly to urgently convene an extra-ordinary session to seek a lasting solution to South Sudan crisis failure to which the caucus has threatened to write to the Prosecutor of International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigations into crimes against humanity.
The caucus led at a press conference by Kibra MP Ken Okoth and his Ndhiwa constituency counterpart Neto Agostinho among others, said they have motioned a notice to the Speaker of the N.A to approve for a debate and pass the resolution requesting President Uhuru Kenyatta to ask AU to convene an urgent sitting to look into the worsening South Sudan crisis.
The MPs added that they have also written to President Kenyatta requesting him to willingly compel the AU for the sitting without the Parliamentary resolution.
“Assembly by the African Union’s failure to convene the extra-ordinary sitting in the next one week, we will write to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as stipulated in Article 15 of the statute establishing the Court, informing her of crimes in South Sudan,” Okoth said,
“She should commence investigations for crimes against humanity and crimes of genocide or issue warrants of arrest for H. E Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr.Riek Machar for the ongoing crimes.”
Okoth also stated that the caucus with the Parliament’s support will write to President Kenyatta for the deportation of the relatives, friends and compatriots of Kiir and Machar from Kenya.
“The Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary had earlier confirmed the families of both Kiir and Machar are sheltered at State House and we will work on a Parliamentary resolution for extradition from their safe heavens in Nairobi and for the freezing and confiscation of their property and assets until such a time that there is desirable peace in South Sudan,” stated the Kibra MP.
Agostinho noted that the ongoing South Sudan crisis has reached alarming levels amounting to civil war hence AU’s delayed intervention will result in the loss of more civilians in addition to property destruction.
“We would like to point out to the Assembly of States of IGAD that the parties to the crisis in South Sudan have not remained faithful to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement that they signed, making the agreement void and obsolete. Thus IGAD Heads of States should use the provisions of Article 18 A (f) of the agreement tom refer to AU for the conflict resolution process,” said Agostinho.
The Ndhiwa MP assured that the caucus on Human Rights that they will use all means to help accelerate the attainment of peace in South Sudan.
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