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Nairobi, July 30, 2009

President Mwai Kibaki flanked by the Cabinet at State House Nairobi where he issued a Statement on the national mechanism for dealing with post election violence.

Cabinet prioritizes National Healing and Reconciliation

The Cabinet today reaffirmed its commitment to the rule of law and national healing and reconciliation as a priority to guard against a repeat of the events of last year’s post-election violence.

President Mwai Kibaki in a Cabinet statement read to the media at state house gardens said accelerated and far-reaching reforms in the judiciary, police, and investigative arms of Government would be made to enable them try perpetrators of post-election violence locally.

The Cabinet assured Kenyans that the government will firmly deal with all forms of impunity including extra-judicial killings, corruption, unlawful acquisition of public land and other public assets.

The Head of state who was accompanied by the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and the entire Cabinet said the cabinet will propose appropriate amendments to the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Act to make the TJRC more representative and effective.

The cabinet, the statement noted, was concerned that while it will not stand for impunity in pursuit for justice, the country should equally pursue national healing and reconciliation without reducing the desire to punish the post election offenders.

The Cabinet, which earlier met under President Kibaki’s chairmanship, discussed extensively and exhaustively the various options available in dealing with the crimes committed during post-election violence.

The Cabinet considered the merits and demerits of the Special Tribunal, Referral of the suspects to the International Criminal Court (ICC) under Article 14 of the Rome Statute, withdrawal from the Rome Statute under Article 127 and repeal of the International Crimes Act, 200, Using the High Court under Section 8 of the International Crimes Act, 2008, and establishment of a Special High Court Division.

The Cabinet in its deliberations also took into account all the circumstances, including providing the enabling environment for the ongoing reform agenda that encompasses the delivery of a new constitution by next year, electoral reforms, boundary reforms, and land reforms.

President Kibaki expressed the government’s full commitment to the ongoing implementation of the rest of agenda four items.




©2009 State House, Nairobi Kenya