- Kenya has been granted two more months extension to establish a special court to try those implicated in the post election violence, Prime Minister Raila Odinga has announced today.
Kenyan parliament voted against the Bill which was expected to pave way for the formation of a post election tribunal saying they had no faith in Kenya's justice system, further indicating that they would rather have suspects tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.
Prime Minister Odinga said Mr Kofi Annan, chief mediator who brokered Kenya unity government, has hinted the willingness delay handing over the violence perpetrators to the ICC until the government has exhausted all the possible avenues.
An inquiry into the post election violence had ordered that the special court be set up by 1 March, or else face the ICC trial in the Hague. The rejection of the bill last week by the parliament was yet another hurdle in President Kibaki's administration that is left with little choice but to allow the ICC to take over the cases.
President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga who fought for the bill in parliament including intensive lobbying, are still pushing for the tribunal as both local and international pressure intensifies.
The 2007 violence broke out after Mr Odinga claimed that the polls results had been rigged, but after weeks of talks, the rivals agreed to share power in February 2008. The violence killed almost 1,500 people and over half a million people were uprooted.
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