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Cabinet to meet over tribunal

2009-07-27 12:15

Nairobi - Kenya said President Mwai Kibaki's cabinet would meet again on Thursday in a third attempt to try and reach agreement on a local tribunal to deal with perpetrators of last year's post-election violence.

In a debate being closely watched by foreign donors, Kenyans and local markets alike, ministers have twice this month failed to agree on the details of a domestic court.

If they fail, the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) may take over the case following the explosion of violence in early 2008 that killed at least 1 300 people, uprooted more than 300 000 and badly damaged east Africa's largest economy.

A statement from Kibaki's office said local newspaper reports that Cabinet was due to meet on Monday were wrong, with the next session in fact due for Thursday.

Politicians stoked tribal tensions prior to the December 27, 2007, presidential vote that touched off the crisis, and activists say a handful of prominent Kenyans - including several sitting ministers - should face justice.