Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga told lawmakers on Wednesday there were no splits in the coalition government’s cabinet about how to deal with perpetrators of last year’s post-poll violence.
How to deal with the masterminds of the bloodshed has worried markets, donors and Kenyans alike. The cabinet has twice postponed a decision on whether to try suspects locally or at the Hague-based International Criminal Court.
“There is no stalemate in the cabinet on the issue of post-election violence. There were no disagreements. It is a matter of extensive and intensive consultations, and I am sure the cabinet will reach an agreement,” he said.
Locals and Western governments are pushing the authorities to punish the suspects of the worst bloodshed in the east Africa nation’s post-independence history that killed at least 1,300 people and displaced 300,000.
Crisis mediator Kofi Annan handed over an envelope with the names of 10 suspects to ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo this month, increasing the pressure on the shaky coalition.
Analysts and some legislators say the delay was a sign that cracks in the cabinet were deepening and that matters are further complicated since some ministers are probably suspects.
In a stormy session in parliament, some legislators accused the cabinet of playing political games.
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