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MPs vow to shoot down any motion on local tribunal

Saturday July 11 2009

By SUNDAY NATION TEAM

ODM chief whip Jakoyo Midiwo said on Saturday he would mobilise members of Parliament to shoot down any bill seeking to establish a local tribunal to try the suspects of post-election violence.

Mr Midiwo and four other ODM legislators praised former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan for handing over the Waki Envelope to the International Criminal Court.

They warned Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo that any bill proposing the formation of a local tribunal would be rejected in the House.

“Let minister Kilonzo brace for humiliation should he make good his threat and bring the motion to Parliament,” Mr Midiwo said.

The resolve by MPs presents President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga with a dilemma as they have favoured a local tribunal as opposed to the International Criminal Court option.

The Chief Whip and legislators Cyprian Ojwang’ Omolo (Uriri), Martin Otieno Ogindo (Rangwe), John Mbadi (Gwassi) and John Pesa (Migori) said the Justice minister should let ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo deal with the suspected perpetrators of the post-election violence.

The MPs also dismissed the latest youth movement led by the President’s son, Jimmy Kibaki, and a section of legislators as a non-starter.

Mr Midiwo said the movement was nothing new to the Kenyan youth adding that the MPs behind it are also behind the so-called Kikuyu-Kalenjin (KK) alliance.

“The alliance is to campaign (tool) for Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta,” Mr Midiwo said.

Last weekend, the President’s son toured Kitui to launch the youth movement, a move that elicited sharp reactions from both political leaders and civil society organisations.

They challenged Mr Kibaki to declare the “real motive” behind the movement.

The legislators also asked their supporters from the Rift Valley not to be “misled by politicians who claim that they have been short-changed” by the party and its leader Mr Odinga.

Additional reporting by KNA