, NAIROBI, Kenya, June 1 – Kenya has announced plans to seek a non permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2016.
Deputy President William Ruto has already asked Japan to support the request once it is sent to the UN Security Council.
Speaking when he met with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Yokohama, Ruto said Kenya will heavily rely on Japan to support its bid during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.
And since it will be Kenya’s first time to seek for such a high position at the UN, Ruto said it is in interest that Kenya will hold the position for two years.
Abe on his part pledged the country’s support for the Kenyan bid but also asked for a similar favour when Japan will be vying for the same position in 2015.
The UN Security Council has five permanent members who include China, France, United Kingdom, United States of America and Russian Federation.
It has ten non Permanent members currently occupied by Rwanda, Togo, Republic of Korea, Morocco and Argentina.
Others are Australia, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan, Guatemala and Luxemburg.
Kenya has faced numerous challenges in trying to push its deferral request to the UN Security Council to petition the International Criminal Court to halt charges facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto as well as journalist Joshua arap Sang.
The three are facing crimes against humanity charges for atrocities committed in the country following the disputed presidential election of 2007. All deny the charges.
Most of the permanent members of the UNSC—including the US have already rejected the request while others favour it on grounds that Kenya can try the leaders back home.
This week, the International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that the court was ready to engage Kenya on the deferral bid only if the judicial process of followed.