Kenyan vice president visits Libya, Nigeria for support over ICC

13:51, January 28, 2011      

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Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka left the country late Wednesday to solicit for the support of Libya and Nigeria ahead of the Africa Union summit for a UN deferral of Kenyan case under article 16 of the Rome Statute, the ICC's founding treaty.

Addressing a news conference before his departure, Musyoka said he was acting on instructions from President Mwai Kibaki in his shuttle diplomacy across Africa to lobby support for a deferral of the case before the International Criminal Court (ICC) by UN Security Council. "I am not on a personal mission. I am going as a special envoy of the President of the Republic of Kenya. Anybody thinking that the Vice President is on his own volition should be thus directed, " he told journalists in Nairobi.

"If you talk about the President, this supersedes all the others. If you take the view that the President is the head of government and the Head of State and he chooses to dispatch his Vice President and Cabinet ministers, his intentions do not normally get questioned." The vice-president said he was a special envoy of President Kibaki sending special messages to his African counterparts before the AU summit in Addis Ababa this week.

The Vice President noted that there was need to support a local tribunal to try the post elections violence cases since Kenya was not a failed state. "All we are trying to do is to continue the efforts in Parliament where we tried to establish a local tribunal but failed. We are acting in good faith. No one should doubt this," he said.

Kenyan officials are citing government plans to establish a domestic judicial mechanism as a basis for deferral.


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