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Parliament to adopt AU's position on ICC

20 November 2013, 16:08 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - The Parliamentary Defence and Foreign Relations Committee will move a motion in the National Assembly to adopt the position of the African Union (AU) in regard to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The committee’s chairman, Ndung’u Githenji has said AU resolved that a sitting President or anyone acting in that capacity ought not to be tried under any court and the parliament will adopt the resolution.

He said the move is in bid to ensure that Kenya’s sovereignty is intact and protected.

Githenji stated that the by rejecting Kenya’s deferral request, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) missed a golden opportunity to prove to the world that it is not out of touch with interests of the world's security and peace.

“Kenya is seeking for reforms in the council because of history and the recent resolutions made which have caused war in many nations. Look into nations like Iraq, Afghanistan and most recently Libya where the council’s resolutions caused havoc and disintegration,” he noted.

The chairman, who is also the Tetu MP, added that Kenya does not need permission to protect its sovereignty but will liberate the country from oppression and slavery as it happened 50 years ago during independence.

Githenji further dismissed an opinion poll released recently indicating that majority of the Kenyans prefer the President to attend trial at the ICC.

He said that that was an individual’s opinion since majority of Kenyans stood by the President during polls and elected him as the head of state. Githenji added that Uhuru’s election was a clear indication that Kenyans are not supporting the ICC.

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