|Written By:KBC reporters, Posted: Sat, Mar 19, 2011|
The Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has convened the hearing for the initial appearance of head of civil service Francis Muthaura, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Mohammed Hussein Ali on 8th of April at 2:30. pm.The Hague local time, instead of 7th April as previously ordered.
In a statement, the Chamber said that the change of date is due to the fact that, during the afternoon of 7th of April, the Courts’ rooms are occupied with the ongoing hearings related to the Trial Chambers. The date of the initial appearance of William Ruto, Henry Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang however remains scheduled for 7th of April at 9:30 AM the Hague local time.
Meanwhile the issuance of summonses to the six suspects of post election violence seemed to have ignited fury among a section of legislators, who claim the international criminal court process is being used as a platform to settle political scores and malign some front runners for presidency in the 2012 general elections.
Konoin MP Julius Kones is accusing ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of politicizing the post election case rather than genuinely pursuing justice for the victims.
At the same time, Nithi MP Kareke Mbiuki is accusing the western countries of reluctance to support the deferral of the ICC case, to impose their agendas in the country, in what the call latter day colonialism.
With the 2012 general elections nearing, the race for the executive seat is proving to be one tough battle.
The elections scheduled to come at a time when the prosecution of the six suspects of the 2007 post election violence is at its peak, temperatures in the political landscape seems to be mounting, with some now reading political mischief in the timing and the manner in which the case is being handled both locally and at the Hague.
The chief prosecutor Moreno Ocampo has also come under attack, for what some legislators claim is a ploy to serve political interests for some quarters, some MPs have lashed out at some western countries, for their reluctance to support Kenya’s bid to have the ICC case deferred, and claiming the unwillingness by the West is a sign of latter day colonialism.
The ICC process has in many times continued to cause divisions in the coalition government, a government that is now split over the issue.