MP speaks out against calls to withdraw from ICC


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Mbeere North Member of Parliament Muriuki Njagagua has opposed calls for Kenya’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), adding that the contents of the Waki report need to be made public to help reveal the truth about the 2007/2008 post-election violence (PEV).

“We as Kenyans should not pretend that we did not witness the PEV unfold before us. Even after the ICC cases against those who were charged as suspects have all been dropped, we must not forget that the Waki commission was formed using tax payers’ money and in this regard Kenyans deserve to know the truth contained in their report,” Njagagua said.

The legislator further stated that there was need to know who is actually to blame for the chaos, adding that revealing the contents of the report will go a long way in speeding up the healing process since many Kenyans lost their property and lives or were displaced from their homes.

The Jubilee MP also expressed his strong opposition of efforts to pull Kenya our of the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying this would be the best way to help deter future chaos.

“Let’s face it. With all the tribal alignments still int our country it is only appropriate that we all fight against those pushing for the country’s withdrawal from the ICC. It is our only hope of taming any individual out to cause chaos, particularly during general elections,” he warned.

The legislator also called on the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) to tighten its supervisory instruments to weed out errant bankers who were carrying out illegal activities in banks.

He added that it was unfortunate that three banks had gone under in a span of just six months.

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