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Former United Nations Secretary General
Kofi Annan has reportedly said that perpetrators of Kenya's 2007 post-election
violence should be tried both by a local tribunal and at the International
Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Annan, who is currently visiting Kenya,
mediated the agreement that ended the country's post-election violence and led
to the formation of the current national unity government.
Egara Kabaji, director of public affairs and
communication at the Kenyan foreign ministry, said it
is in Kenya's interest to set up a local tribunal.
and foremost, the Kenyan government will be abdicating its responsibility if at
all it decides that it is actually the International Criminal Court that is
going to do that kind of thing. And I think what Kofi Annan is saying is
stating the obvious, that you are not going to surrender to the international
community to do this for Kenya," he said.
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reportedly said Wednesday in Nairobi that the ICC would likely try a handful of
the key perpetrators of the 2007 post-election violence while a local tribunal
would try the rest.
Kabaji said he does not support the idea of using the ICC to try any Kenyan.
doing that we are actually saying we are unable to solve the problems of this
country. This is a strong indictment of ourselves," Kabaji said.
Kenyans have said in recent polls that they would prefer the ICC over a local tribunal
for fear powerful government officials might interfere with the work of a local
said the Kenyan government should move to protect the integrity of any local
local tribunal should actually be shielded from interference by those powerful
elements, and actually criminal elements within our system," Kabaji said.
said there's a need for a national dialogue for Kenyans to get to the root of
the issues that have divided them as a nation.
problem of tribalism, the problem of ethnicity these are the issues that we
have to deal with. We have to ask ourselves what actually makes it possible for
a Kenyan to look at another and say look you are my enemy," he said.
said Kenya's ethnic and other problems have a lot to do with the country's
history after independence.
He reiterated that he doesn't think
taking 15 or 100 people to the ICC in The Hague would be able to solve Kenya's
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