Suba Member of Parliament John Mbadi yesterday denied being part of the junior ODM MPs involved in a bipartisan push to have ICC cases involving President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto brought back to Kenya.
The outspoken Suba MP was reacting to reports which appeared in a section of the mainstream press that CORD and Jubilee were in a new attempt to refer remove the Kenyan cases by a unanimous petition to the United Nations Security Council.
Mbadi claims he was approached by Kitut Chache MP Richard Onyonka to the ICC meeting but declined after the motive became clearer to him and that Jubilee had apparently called for a joint meeting.
“Hon Onyonka actually talked to me, he approached me and asked if I we could meet over ICC cases and who from the CORD should be invited to discuss the matter,” said the legislator.
Mbadi claims he chose not to go because he felt his parliamentary coalition, CORD, had already taken a position on the ICC since it became part of the country’s international ‘challenge’.
â€œSubstantive issues of national importance like that of ICC, membership of the party should stick by party position. CORD has made a pronouncement since 2009 and therefore, any position taken needs to follow the laid down party structures,â€ he noted.
Yesterday, we reported that the much publicized venture between Jubilee and CORD was much ado about nothing. The characters who were being quoted to be behind the endeavour were junior first time MPs whose excitement may have not been ‘blessed’ by the party rank and file.
CORD, at least we can now state, remains true to the position that those charged for the 2007/08 mass murder and other macabre offences should be tried by the Hague based court.