After burning millions of taxpayers money to have AU support deferral of ICC case, Kenya has lost big by failing to be picked as a member of the imminent five regional nations to resolve the Cote d'Ivore crisis. The smart one must have seen it coming after our display of juvenile politics in Addis Ababa.
Change from OAU to AU was typical African cosmetic penchant to create and impression of change without commensurate movement. AU supported ICC's deferral on Sudan in 2008and nothing has changed. And Kenya has toiled to join Sudan thanks to the club of master of impunity that is AU. The French must have been very right with their cliche that the more things change the more they remain the same.
AU may have offered Raila a poisoned chalice after he derided the toothless continental body. But even before the son of Jaramogi the noose tighten around his political neck, juvenile PNU-ODM theatrics were exported north of the border with Saitoti as Kenya's chief envoy. Wow! No wonder even the moribund Igad had the presence of mind and tact to settle for Tanzania instead of the chest thumbing, deceptive and fraudulent neighbour.
Well, it doesn't stop there. While Kibaki was convincing (nay cheating) the AU of our capacity to form a competent judicial system to take over ICC cases, his local action betrayed all the pretence. Even the Kenyan Diaspora are not spared the embarrassment judging from their penchant to ethnic loyalty and expediency.
Nobody is begrudging the qualifications of the proposed CJ, AG or DPP. But respect for the law demands both its facets of SPIRIT and LETTER must not be adulterated. It is base and pedestrian to posit that the end justifies the means. A flawed process can never win credibility anywhere, PERIOD. The apt precedent was set by ECK appointments prior to the bungled 2007 polls.
Being above reproach demands more than just shouting and quoting legal statutes. We are a country best known for deceit packaged as sophistication only that the vice if never sustainable and often leaves us with a collective bloodied nose. If you doubt it just wait till you see our stillbirth Tunisia-Egypt-Sudan revolt derailed by enterprising tribalists who will castigate the masses for not cashing in on their won plight. NA bado.