Disunity hampers ICC process in Kenya; Study
Nairobi (Alshahid) -Wrangles among Kenya’s coalition partners risk hampering ICC interventions in resolving the post-election violence riddle, a report submitted to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned.
The review report of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Monitoring project warns divisions in the Coalition Government have created an opportunity for impunity that could undermine progressive reforms.
The report, compiled by South Consulting, questions Government’s commitment to the ICC process.
“There are very clear signs it is ‘business as usual’. Some senior leaders show little genuine commitment to the ICC investigation of the Kenya situation, or are seeking to politicise it to promote personal political interests,” says the report.
It adds there is no common position among the main political parties on the issue of the ICC intervention, undermining the Government position in support of the ICC process.
The research firm was designated by the Panel of Eminent African Personalities led by Dr Annan to undertake independent monitoring and evaluation of the implementation process of the Peace Accord.
The AU team of Eminent Personalities met yesterday and discussed the findings of the report for October, which examined the ICC investigation of the Kenya situation and the implementation of the new Constitution.
The report says there is still a lot of anxiety, and the possibility that senior and influential politicians could be the focus of the ICC investigations has had several consequences.
It adds that ICC intervention has reinforced political realignments that began to emerge last year when it became clear ICC would intervene in the Kenya situation.
It says the general incoherence in the coalition reflects lack of leadership on the chaos cases and the ICC investigation. It further indicates that the work of the ICC is viewed as relevant to political strategies leading up to 2012.(Standard)