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Senate set to discuss ICC motion

10 September 2013, 09:40

Nairobi - Kenya looks likely to formally withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday.

Senate has recalled a special session to discuss the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto following growing concerns of the court's alleged bias against Africans.

The special session on Tuesday would focus on building a "strong" case to withdraw from ICC as well as calling for the matter be tried "internally".

“This has been considered given that the Executive has not been very active on issues of these trials despite them being matters of national importance,” Majority Leader in the Senate, Kithure Kindiki, said.

The special session is expected to be full as a deliberation on the matter becomes a serious national issue.

It would also deliberate on amending the law that sought to encourage Kenya's complete withdrawal from the ICC before sending a petition.

Charges leveled against the Kenyan leaders have angered the majority of Parliamentarians.

The House has already prepared a petition to ICC President in order to stagger the trial.

President Kenyatta and Ruto are fingered in the politically-motivated violence following the 2007/08 election that left scored dead.

- CAJ News


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