Kalonzo backs TJRC over Hague trial

November 3, 2008 12:00 am

, LUSAKA, November 3 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka now says he is opposed to the involvement of the International Criminal Court in handling post election violence suspects, and has instead proposing that justice be sought through the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

He noted that Kenya’s internal justice mechanisms had not failed to the extent that foreign agencies are required to help provide justice to Kenyan citizens.

Kenyans, the Vice President added, are capable of finding solutions to their most pressing issues, including the cry for justice for those brutalised by the post-election chaos.

“The fact that we were able to quickly pull ourselves out of the post-election violence hole, is a demonstration that we can, with one resolve as Kenyans, address even the most difficult matters and find solutions,” he said.

Mr Kalonzo was speaking to hundreds of Kenyans in Zambia, during a dinner hosted by the High Commissioner Lazarus Amayo, soon after witnessing the swearing in of that country’s new President Rupiah Banda.

East African Cooperation Minister Amason Kingi and MPs Eugene Wamalwa and Daniel Muoki, as well as the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Thuita Mwangi, accompanied him.

The VP welcomed the raging public debate on the fate of the Waki report saying it was healthy. “Your country Kenya does not belong to the leaders; it belongs to all the citizens. By strongly expressing their views, Kenyans are saying never again will we allow ourselves to pick up machetes and cut each other,” he added.

Mr Kalonzo said the Cabinet and Parliament will discuss the Waki report exhaustively and that a position agreeable to most Kenyans will emerge.

He congratulated Kenyans in the Diaspora for not expressing animosity towards each other during the height of the post election chaos.

“I know Kenyans abroad came together as brothers and sisters and contributed sacrificially towards the humanitarian efforts, early this year, thank you,” he said.


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