Uhuru says ICC a threat to Kenya’s national stability
Speaking during Kenya’s 51st Jamuhuri Day celebrations, the President accused The Hague-based court of disregarding its founding principles and humanitarian imperatives in favour of external agenda.
“I am convinced that the International Criminal Court is a real threat to our country’s hope for reconciliation and lasting national stability.
“It offers no clear promise of justice for the victims of post-election violence, which traumatised this country a few years ago, President Kenyatta said.
He said that the government would continue supporting the 2007-2008 post-election violence victims to resume their normal lives and obtain justice.
The President thanked the African Union (AU) for the support it has offered to Kenya.
The AU has been fighting to have sitting heads of state granted immunity from prosecutions at the international court.
MUSEVENI CRITICISES ICC
Speaking earlier during the celebrations at Nyayo Stadium, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni took a swipe at the ICC, saying he was not satisfied with the court.
President Museveni welcomed the withdrawal of the charges against President Kenyatta. He said while he initially supported the ICC, it had turned out to be an instrument “for harassing Africa.”
He termed the court as “arrogant” for ignoring AU’s plea on the Kenya cases.
The Ugandan president said he would table a motion at the next AU talks for African states to pull out of the ICC.
On security matters, President Kenyatta said that Kenya expects more global support in the fight against terrorism.
He said that Kenya would raise national security to international standards in order to deal with increased terrorism threats.
SECURITY MASTER PLAN
He said that the government is developing a master plan to eradicate security challenges such as small-arms trafficking in vulnerable communities, especially in northern Kenya.
The President said that no freedoms are being curtailed in the on-going efforts to craft laws to fight terrorism.
He said that no new law is being created but rather, existing legislation is being rationalised “to enable the country meet the challenge of our time.”
He reiterated that no part of the Constitution was being violated by the proposed new laws.
Parliament is seeking to pass into law the Security Laws (Amendments) Bill 2014, which gives President Uhuru Kenyatta more powers over security bosses and the government more leeway in the fight against terrorism.
The President, at the same time, termed corruption as a “major catalyst of insecurity.”
He urged Kenyans to fight corruption which he said was sabotaging security, wealth creation and national transformation.
He at the same time urged leaders not to politicise security matters.
He also took issue with the media for publishing pictures of victims of deadly terrorist attacks saying the same were being used by terrorist groups to proclaim their “victory.”
“We will not allow the media to publish photos of terror attacks. You cannot give celebration to the enemy and pain to families
“If the media cannot regulate itself, there must be laws to do that,” an agitated President Kenyatta said.