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Goodluck to address parliament

05 September 2013, 16:12

Nairobi - President Goodluck Jonathan is scheduled to address the Parliament before a key planned vote to determine if Kenya should pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Jonathan arrives in Kenya at 4.00 pm on Thursday for a three-day state visit, as part of efforts to boost bilateral cooperation.

The visit is a follow-up to a similar tour to Abuja by President Uhuru Kenyatta in July.

Although Jonathan's visit focuses on the expansion of cooperation between the two countries in the areas of trade, economic development, agriculture and tourism development, it was established he will also address that country’s Parliament before the commencing of voting on whether Kenya should pull out of the Rome Statute that created the ICC in 2002.

It however is unclear if Jonathan will speak on the matter.

The Members of Parliament are divided on the move as the ICC trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, approaches.

The leaders face war crimes charges for their alleged role in post-election violence in 2007. The skirmishes left at least 1 000 people dead and another 600 000 displaced.

While some notable Africa human right bodies have condemned Kenya's plan pull out, ICC has been accused by many, including the African Union, for primarily targeting leaders from the continent. To date, most of the ICC's cases are from African countries.

Meanwhile, Jonathan is leading a delegation that includes the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Rural Development, Industry, Trade and Investment, Interior, Petroleum Resources and Culture, Tourism and National Orientation.

– CAJ News


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