, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Members of Parliament have now initiated a process to withdraw Kenya from the Rome Statute and block the International Criminal Court (ICC) from investigating the 2008 post election violence.
Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto on Wednesday morning moved a Motion that seeks to bar ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo from prosecuting suspected masterminds of the violence and allow for a local judicial process.
In his Motion Mr Ruto is seeking the support of fellow legislators to persuade the government to withdraw its support to the ICC on the investigations.
“This House resolves that the government takes immediate action to have the International Crimes Act repealed so that Kenya be immediately released from any obligation to implement the Rome Statute and further that any criminal investigations or prosecution arising out of the post election violence of 2007/2008 be undertaken under the framework of the new Constitution,” Mr Ruto said.
He said his Motion seeks a resolution “that Government suspends any links, assistance and cooperation to international criminal court forthwith.”
The Motion comes barely hours before ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo reveals the names of six key suspects who allegedly materminded the deadly violence.
It also comes two days after the Cabinet revived a commitment to set up a local tribunal to comprehensively deal with the violence no matter what happens at The Hague later on Wednesday.