BREAKING NEWS :
Kenya suffers a blow after ASP bureau fails to resolve amendment of Rule 68 in its favour; threatens to quit Rome Statute.
The ASP had adopted Kenya’s agenda on the rule and the audit of the recanted witness identification and recruitment process.
“Subsequent discussions called for further negotiations [which are ongoing] to reach consensus on Kenya’s requests,” the frustrated Foreign Affairs CS said.
Amina Mohammed said there were indications that Kenya’s only option under the circumstance would be contemplating withdrawal.
“I registered strong objections to the lack of genuine commitment to address Kenya’s concerns,” she said via Twitter on Thursday.
Early Thursday, the ASP plenary held a crisis meeting to salvage conference after a bureau meeting on Kenya’s draft on the rule went into disarray. Aden Duale and a host of Jubilee MPs are said to caused a stand off (talk of exporting bad manners)
“The ASP bureau has not ruled on Rule 68. We have stood our ground and the president is trying to end the stalemate,” National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale said via twitter on Thursday.
Kenya had asked the Assembly of States Parties to address the use of recanted witness statements in revisiting discussions on the rule conducted at its meeting two years ago.
Jubilee MPs wrote a petition to the ASP seeking the amendment of the rule that allows the prosecution at the International Criminal Court to use recanted evidence.
The leaders say it is detrimental to the justice and freedom of Deputy President William Ruto who is facing charges at the court.
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN (@kipmurkomen) November 26, 2015