, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 – Kieni MP Kanini Keega on Monday distanced himself from calls within the Jubilee Alliance advising President Uhuru Kenyatta against honouring summons issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
In a statement, Keega said President Kenyatta should attend the status conference scheduled for October 8.
“My position is that the President should honour the summons to the ICC. In any case, he has no case to answer,” he said.
The first-time lawmaker added; “there are many of us from across the political spectrum who are preparing to escort him. I’m already preparing to apply for a visa.”
He said the decision by Deputy President William Ruto to cooperate with the court and physically attend its hearings whenever required had illustrated to the world the shambolic case the prosecution put together.
“Had the Deputy President not answered to the summons, he’d have been called a fugitive today. His attendance has illustrated to the world what manner of shambolic, still born case the prosecution had put together. In the same vein, the President should attend the status conference,” Keega noted.
At the same time, constitutional expert Ekuru Aukot added that President Kenyatta’s presence at the court would disprove the prosecution’s assertion that the Kenya government has refused to co-operate with The Hague based court.
“The ICC does not recognise whether you are a President, an ordinary person a General or whoever it is so long as you are alleged to have committed offences under the ICC, it does not matter your status and that is exactly the principle of the rule of law,” Aukot said.
The former Committee of Experts on the Constitution Review Secretary told off Jubilee Coalition MPs led by House Majority leaders Aden Duale and Kithure Kindki for misleading President Kenyatta by advising him to disregard the summons.
“I think is in his best interest that he appears and clears his name because the alternative will just proof to the court that Kenya has no respect for the rule of law,” Aukot told Capital FM News.
Meanwhile, Keega has dismissed reports of a Jubilee Coalition Parliamentary Group meeting which is meant to offer a common direction on the matter despite National Assembly Majority Leader Duale confirming such a meeting is planned for Wednesday.
“There’s nothing planned like a Jubilee meeting. If there’s any meeting it is that of bi-partisan MPs because Uhuru Kenyatta is the President of the Republic of Kenya,” affirmed the Kieni MP.