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Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo on Sunday came under criticism for suggesting that the International Criminal Court calls off its investigations into post-election violence. Mr Kilonzo had said that with the passage of the Constitution and creation of new institutions, post-election violence suspects could be tried at home. Lobby group leaders said the minister’s attack on the International Criminal Court was a betrayal of Kenya’s commitment to end impunity for human rights atrocities. “It further exposes the depth and extent of a well-choreographed political scheme being played by powerful forces within the government which affects not just justice for post-election violence but also the Truth Commission and the implementation of the Constitution,” International Centre for Policy and Conflict executive director Ndung’u Wainaina said. In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Nation, Mr Kilonzo, whose docket is crucial for ensuring justice to post-election violence victims, said that the new laws would strengthen the Judiciary and police to deal with the chaos that left 1,133 people dead and more than 600,000 uprooted from their homes. Kenya National Commission on Human Rights commissioner Hassan Omar said the statement raised questions over the government’s commitment to the ICC process, just weeks after it attracted local and international uproar by inviting wanted Sudan President Omar al-Bashir to attend the promulgation of the new Constitution. Mr Omar said that Mr Kilonzo’s remarks symbolise the government’s slow diversion from respecting and cooperating with the court as political re-alignments emerge ahead of 2012 elections. He said it will take two to three years before the Constitution starts functioning well, a thing that if relied on, could delay justice to victims and perpetrators of the violence. “There’s absolutely no basis for substituting the ICC with the new Constitution. The process must go on,” Mr Omar said.