Duale To Receive Bill Seeking To Pull Kenya Out Of ICC
The leader of majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale is today, Monday, expected to receive a Bill that seeks to withdraw Kenya from the Rome statute that domesticated the International Criminal Court before it is tabled in parliament on Thursday.
Members of Parliament have already passed a motion which urged the government to pull Kenya out of the Rome Statute but the motion was opposed by MPs allied to the cord team.
The Bill is once again expected to generate heated debate on the floor of the house since some of the opposition MPs have vowed to oppose it.
The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) is on Tuesday expected to hold a crucial meeting to discuss a move that would ensure a common ground on the Kenyan cases at the ICC.
Meanwhile, Kenya is lobbying to have the United Nations Security Council for a deferral of the President and his deputy trials, a decision that lies with the countries that have veto-power which include China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The ICC is yet to rule on two major applications filed by President Uhuru Kenyatta seeking to stop his trial case citing serious sustained and wide range abuse on the process of the court by three witnesses against him in collaboration with the court’s investigators.
In the application, Kenyatta’s defence has asked the ICC to either stop the case permanently or hold a hearing where the issue will be resolved conclusively before his trial begins on the 12th of November.
By Maureen Murimi.-citizennews