CJ denies ICC debate with Clinton
Posted Monday, August 13 2012 at 20:19
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has denied discussing Kenyan cases at the International Criminal Court with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Dr Mutunga on Monday said their discussion was on how to mobilise support for judicial reforms, and had nothing to do with US role in the ICC cases or the four suspects facing trial at the court.
“We informed the US Secretary of State that as the Judiciary, we would be contacting several developments partners to seek their support in delivering on the judiciary transformation framework, and that we would be happy if the US would be part of that conversation,” said Dr Mutunga.
Making to support
He added that they discussed the preparations the Judiciary was making to support a credible, free and fair General Election scheduled for March next year.
Dr Mutunga was responding to a letter by Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, who demanded information on what he discussed with Mrs Clinton during her Nairobi visit, two weeks ago.
He also denied claims that Foreign Affairs minister Sam Ongeri was locked out of their meeting with Mrs Clinton, saying that it was the minister who excused himself.
He said he did not sign any agreement with Mrs Clinton to train Kenyan judges in the US under the auspice of Ford Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or any other entity.