Thursday, January 26, 2012



Updated 15 hr(s) 44 min(s) ago

Civil society organisations have criticised the Government over the formation of an ad-hoc committee to advice on the ICC case terming Attorney General Githu Muigai a failure.By Felix Olick
National Civil Society Congress (CSCS) and The Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (Creco) claimed that the agenda of the ten-member team was to scuttle the ICC process. They claimed the team was not committed to justice for post-election violence victims.
The civil society organisations further accused the AG of serving narrow and selfish interests.
Led by CSCS President Morris Odhiambo and Creco Chairman Tom Kagwe, the civil society organisations insisted that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura must resign.
"The agenda of the AG and his pay masters is to scuttle the ICC process. Two lawyers in that committee had previously worked for the Government to defer the cases. But those designs will be defeated because they are not designs for justice," said Mr Odhiambo.
Speaking at Lenana Conference Centre in Nairobi yesterday, they called on the President to ask Muthaura and Uhuru to vacate office in respect to Chapter Six of the Constitution.
"If somebody can be asked to resign for harassing a guard, why should people who are accused of serious crimes against humanity remain in office," said Creco Executive Secretary Kanive Wambua.
Parliamentary Accounts Committee chairman Bonny Khalwale has said the appointment of a 10-man panel by the Attorney General to analyse the ICC ruling is a waste of public resources. Dr Khalwale said President Kibaki’s directive to Prof Muigai to form the panel comprising two foreign lawyers and eight Kenyans was an admission that there are no competent local institutions and lawyers to advise him on the ICC.
Coast Women in Development has accused President Kibaki of impunity terming his move to create a legal team an insult to Kenyans.
But Law Society of Kenya chairman Kenneth Akide said the value of the team the AG has appointed is well known to him and the President.
Additional reports by Linah Benyawa and Athman Amran