By Lucianne Limo
The Government has been told that its bid to defer the International Criminal Court ( ICC) cases is an exercise in futility.
“The cases have been confirmed and trial dates already set, why are we wobbling now? Let’s not cheat ourselves,” said Githongo.
“Opinion polls have indicated that Kenyans overwhelmingly supported the trial of post-election suspects at The Hague and this back and forth attempts to derail the process will only heighten suspicion and distrust in government,” he added.
The former Governance and Ethics PS was speaking on Tuesday at forum on the constitution and the ICC organised by International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) in Nairobi. ICPC director Ndung’u Wainana pointed out that Kenya is no longer party to the ICC proceedings after failing the admissibility challenge saying the ball is now with the chief prosecutor and the four suspects in court.
Kenya has been using the AU as a platform to have the trials against four of its citizens postponed or referred to an African court.
The election of Dlamini-Zuma may complicate Kenya’s efforts to postpone trials because they have been relying on former AU boss Jean Ping to marshall support for the cause.
Ping was instrumental in pushing for the pulling out of African countries from the ICC as well as having the cases against key suspects deferred.
Three months ago the AU, under Ping, wrote to the UN Security Council asking for the trials to be deferred in a letter that was delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon through the AU representative at the United Nations.
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