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Kenya's Minister for Justice Mutula
Kilonzo says if the United States is really interested in bringing about
reforms in Kenya, President Barack Obama should give Kenya the necessary
financial support to modernize the country's electoral system.
Mr. Kilonzo, who
is also the minister responsible for ensuring transparency in Kenya's 2012 election
said he wants to make sure those elections do not suffer the same violence that
marred the 2007 elections.
do know that President Obama particularly supports the reform in Kenya. But I
would like him to put his money where his mouth is, to give us money to
introduce electronic voting so that I can know once and for all that the 2012
election will be transparent beyond reproach," he said.
said as the country's minister for justice, he has no voter registration card,
and there was no voter register in his constituent.
said if Kenya fails to come up with a new electoral system the 2007
post-election violence would be like a picnic.
said he has received a letter from the Obama administration but denied he is
one of the Kenyan government officials who have reportedly been placed on a
U.S. travel ban.
have not received any letter from the U.S. not on a travel ban, and even if I
did, it would be meaningless because I have no intention of traveling to the
U.S.," Kilonzo said.
said the letter he received from the U.S. asked him to speed up the reform
process in Kenya.
Kilonzo said he dismissed the letter because as he put it he's not answerable
to the United States.
clearly it had not been sent through either the President or the Prime Minister
to whom I am answerable or my parliament. I don't think I can respond to
instructions from a foreign power, even if it is America," Kilonzo said.
denied he's one of those officials who are holding up Kenya's reform process.
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the contrary he said he said he had good discussions with U.S. Assistant
Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and U.S. Ambassador to
Kenya Michael Ranneberger.
said his only disagreement with Ambassador Ranneberger had to do with what
Kilonzo called the ambassador's language toward the Kenyan government.
said Kenyan officials' meeting with International Criminal Court Chief
Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo last week went well.
announced last week that he was invoking his prosecutorial powers to ask the
ICC to authorize investigations into crimes committed during Kenya's December
2007 post-election violence.
meeting went much better than I had thought. Strictly speaking, the government
cannot refer anybody to the ICC because we don't have such a situation…what is
now required is a mechanism for investigating and trying at least the principle
instigators of the violence," he said.
Kilonzo said reports of individuals stockpiling
weapons in some of the regions affected by the 2007 post-election violence in
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