Parliament to debate repeal of Hague law
Parliament will sit on Thursday in a special session to discuss pulling Kenya out of the International Criminal Court. Quitting the Rome Statute, which is being spearheaded by MPs from the Jubilee Coalition, will have no effect on the impending crimes against the trials of President Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang. Kenya, the members claimed, will set the stage for the withdrawal from the ICC of other African countries.
MPs have, in the past, passed another motion asking the government to withdraw from the ICC. The court’s spokesman, Mr Fadi el Abdallah, has already warned that withdrawing from the treaty at this stage is an exercise in futility — the trials will continue.
The MPs say, however that their push is not about the trials, but about protecting Kenyan citizens from the court, which they described as “political”. The trial of Mr Ruto starts on Tuesday next week, and that of the President on November 12.
At the Senate, Majority leader and Tharaka-Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki said he will introduce a motion to discuss “the relationship between Kenya and the ICC”. The TNA senator will also introduce another motion to require Kenya to withdraw from the Rome Statute.
Both Houses are also to discuss the resolutions of the African Union Summit in May, which expressed solidarity with Kenya and asked the ICC to send the cases back to Kenyan courts. “We believe that the trial of the Deputy President and subsequently that of President of Kenya in a foreign court while occupying office has serious implication on our sovereignty, dignity and stability of our country,” Prof Kindiki said in Mombasa.
“The Senate will also discuss, during the special sitting, the state of devolution and in particular why the national government was yet to send money to counties even after they had fulfilled all the functions,” Prof Kindiki said. In a gazette notice on Tuesday, Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso said the special sitting of the National Assembly will only consider the motion “relating to membership of the Republic of Kenya to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court”.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily NationSimilar Stories