Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir (R) arrives for the
promulgation of Kenya's New Constitution at the Uhuru Park grounds on
August 27, 2010 in Nairobi. He will fly out to Kenya on Monday to
participate in the inauguration ceremony of Uhuru Kenyatta.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
The Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir will fly into Kenya
on Monday to participate in the inauguration ceremony of Uhuru Kenyatta
as new leader of the East African nation, a newspaper reported on
The pro-government newspaper Akbar al-Youm
newspaper also said that Bashir will head from Kenya to Chad on Tuesday
to attend the Green Belt conference which was rescheduled last month.
Bashir’s planned trip to Kenya comes despite an
arrest warrant issued for him by the International Criminal Court (ICC)
on charges of war crimes committed in the Darfur conflict which broke
out in 2003. Hypothetically Kenya, a state party to the ICC statute, has
a legal obligation to arrest the Sudanese leader should he set foot in
But the government of Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki
allowed Bashir to attend the promulgation of Kenya’s new constitution
in August 2010 drawing wide domestic and international criticism.
This has prompted the Kenyan chapter of the
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) to move the issue of Kenya’s
non-compliance to the local High Court.
A Kenyan judge ruled on the complaint in December
2011 by ordering the government to apprehend Bashir should he visit
again and issued a provisional arrest warrant for the Sudanese
The ruling infuriated Bashir who expelled the
Kenyan envoy and gave Nairobi two weeks to reverse the decision before
The government in Nairobi convinced Khartoum that
it would appeal the decision which it did a few weeks later. The
appellate court refused a request by the government to suspend the
warrant against Bashir and ordered that it stays in effect until the
appeal is fully heard.
The Kenyan president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta himself
is awaiting trial at the ICC for his alleged role in the post-election
violence of 2007. However, unlike Bashir he has cooperated with the
court throughout the process and signaled he will continue to do so even
after his election.
In an opinion piece published this week Steve
Lamony from the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC)
accused Nairobi of seeking to undermine the ICC work using various legal
and political tactics.
Last February the outgoing Kenyan ambassador in
Sudan Robert Ngesu was quoted by the pro-government al-Rayaam newspaper
as saying that Bashir is welcome to visit "at any time".