I've been thinking about the Hague lately.
I'm one of those folks who my friend Mutahi Ngunyi has berated as hiding behind sovereignty when the nation is under the scrutinizing spotlight of the international community. Of course I've always resented the hypocritical stance of foreign institutions that have one set of riles for Africa and another for the West. As it were, nobody can tell me to date why Ocampo has not gone after the murderous neo-cons in the States while coming after our own murderers. Such double standards are why I support Africa's drive to hold the ICC accountable for how it does business. Indeed, if it can't handle its affairs impartially, Africa might as well walk away from it. We won't miss it.
That said, I hope that the ICC can get its act together and start coming after all world leaders who commit atrocities against their people. Starting with Bush and Rumsfeld, Mugabe and henchmen and on to our own folks here, it would send a powerful message if the world's only court of this importance is seen to act decisively against powerful individuals around the globe.
Coming to Kenya, it seems to me that the Hague may well turn out to be God's answer to the cry of Kenyans. For years Kenyans have been burdened by the unending rule of a few families. Indeed, the Kenyattas, Mois, Kibakis and a few others have made sure that only those who agree with their brand of politics can ever make it in this country. Land and property is owned by those who are in their with them on just about everything. This is wrong.
So how is the Hague God's answer?
You will ask me how I know this, but that I won't answer now. What I'll tell you for sure is that I know Uhuru, Saitoti, Ruto, Ali and a few other folks have their names in the Waki list. I also know for a fact that if this thing was pursued to its logical conclusion, it would romp in Kibaki and Raila. What I'm not clear about is to what extent the ICC is willing to gamble of Kenya's security by coming after the big two. Time will tell.
So my point is simple. By charging and successfully prosecuting Uhuru, Saitoti, Ali and then coming after the big two, God will have used the Hague to cleanse this land. He'll have given us a chance to begin afresh.
But do we believe in Him?