The Kenyan delegation to the International Criminal Court’s conference arrived in Kampala on Sunday amid claims of division in government over renewed attempts to stop war crimes investigations.
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There are claims that some forces within government want to use the conference to push for the ICC to defer its investigations in Kenya for at least one year.
The government delegation, which is led by Attorney General Amos Wako and Lands Minister James Orengo will join other African countries in pushing an amendment to the Rome Statutes to allow the UN Security Council to terminate investigations by The Hague.
Through the African Union, the ICC member states want the statutes to allow a country to ask the security council to stop the court’s investigations.
A member of the Kenyan team, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, told the Daily Nation that attempts to push for deferment was causing divisions within the government delegation.
But Mr Wako dismissed the claims.
“It is not true. It is not even on the agenda,” the AG told the Nation from Kampala.
Mr Orengo said the government could not have any stand other than the commitment it gave to ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo when he visited the country early this month.
The minister, however, said there may be those who are not fully backing the commitment by government.
“There may be those who are uncomfortable with the ICC investigations in Kenya and may be out to try such things. But the government cannot change its commitment to cooperate with the ICC,” Mr Orengo said.
Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara and activist Ndung’u Wainaina at a press conference claimed that the government wants to be allowed to enact and start implementing a new constitution before the investigations can take place.
This is not the first time that the forces within government have been accused of trying to sabotage the ICC investigations.
Early this month, last-ditch efforts to stop Mr Ocampo from opening investigations into Kenya’s post-election violence failed after bitter disagreements between ODM and PNU