By Alphonse Shiundu
Saturday 28. April 2012 @ 22: 30Hrs
His new frontier is a diplomatic campaign to have the accused — Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, former head of Public Service Francis Muthaura, Eldoret North MP William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang — tried by the Arusha-based East Africa Court of Justice.
President Kibaki on Saturday successfully lobbied his peers during an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of East African Community in Tanzania which he chaired, to pass a resolution to extend the jurisdiction of the court to cover crimes against humanity.
A dispatch by his press team said the summit welcomed the resolution to extend jurisdiction of the court and “directed the Council of Ministers to consider the matter by the end of May 2012 and report to an extraordinary summit to be convened immediately thereafter”.
The effort comes barely three days after members of the East African Legislative Assembly sitting in Nairobi passed a resolution to have the cases pulled out of The Hague and transferred to the Arusha-based court, though it has no jurisdiction over criminal matters. (READ: Assembly backs local trial of Ocampo Four)
The regional MPs expressed confidence that their resolution, plus a push to amend the clause in the East Africa Community Treaty forming the regional court, to allow it handle criminal matters, will be ratified in Saturday’s meeting at Ngurdoto in Arusha.
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