Cabinet team meets as ICC sleuths approach

October 12, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – The Cabinet Committee on International Criminal Court (ICC) matters met on Tuesday morning amid growing anxiety in the country following the expected investigations into the 2008 post election violence.

Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula who is also a member of the committee told Capital News that it was agreed that Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti would release a statement with details of the discussions.

“Yes we met this morning from 8.00am, and we agreed that instead of us giving individual statements, the office of the Internal Security Minister will issue a statement about the meeting,” he said.

Prof George Saitoti is the chairman of the committee. Other sources who attended the meeting told Capital News that the committee met with lawyers representing government officials.

The team was also planning to meet High Court Judge Kalpana Rawal and the representative of the Attorney General on Thursday to iron out procedures of recording statements.

Justice Rawal who was last week appointed to help security chiefs record the statements had said on Monday that a date was yet to be set for the exercise to commence.

Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting came as pressure continued to pile on the Government to hand to ICC investigators copies of minutes of meetings of the National Security Council at the height of the 2008 violence.

Meanwhile, Kituo Cha Sheria wants to be enjoined in a case filed in Mombasa blocking the ICC from investigating the 2008 post election violence in Kenya.

In a statement, Kituo Cha Sheria Executive Director Priscilla Nyokabi they would file their application case at the Mombasa High Court on Wednesday morning. The lobby wants to join the case to give well researched submissions on behalf of the victims to ensure the court gives a fair judgment on the case.

“Kituo Cha Sheria has the capacity and expertise required to give detailed, insightful and well researched submissions on behalf of the victims that would enable this Honorable Court reach an informed decision and deliver a fair judgment,” she said.

The NGO is opposed to a case in which a businessman in Mombasa filed a case blocking the ICC from investigating the 2008 post election violence.


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