Monday, May 27, 2013
ICC Drama... na bado
The shadowy Alfred "Anglo Leasing" Gitonga pictured here in London with President Mwai Kibaki (is that a Tusker he is drinking?) shortly before the 2002 general elections that brought Kibaki to power. Gitonga who went to St Mary's with President Uhuru Kenyatta is believed to be a key member of the current president's kitchen cabinet.
The very suggestion of Jomo Kenyatta being Prime Minister appalled the knowledgeable Kenyan middle class and high society in 1960. After all a court of law had confirmed his links to Mau mau, those terrorists who thrived on chopping off the heads of innocent white settlers and natives as well.
The very suggestion of Uhuru Kenyatta being president appalled the knowledgeable Kenyan middle class and many others in 2013. After all he was linked to serious human rights abuses and was facing charges at the ICC.
For the very reasons that people were terrified of a Jomo Kenyatta premiership KANU won the 1963 elections emphatically and formed the government.
For the very reasons that some Kenyans were terrified of a Uhuru Kenyatta government, JUBILEE won the 2013 elections getting majority seats in both the senate and house of representatives and formed the government.
There are uncanny similarities between the situation in 1963 and 2013 (50 years apart). Little wonder that the good book says there is nothing new under the sun. Still, there are a few rather huge differences.
About 2 weeks ago I predicted here that the ICC issue which had been getting pretty boring was going to suddenly come alive and get very interesting. That has now come to pass (na bado) but what most Kenyans are not aware of is that there is a master plan for the ICC where the Kenyan cases at the Hague court are going to be attacked from all fronts. Those ICC cases MUST go away. They MUST!!!! Details of this master plan are jaw dropping to say the least and will involve considerable taxpayer's resources. Sorry folks security in the country has to take a back seat for now because this is way too important. Even if it was you would you ignore self-preservation to serve the people?? Think about it.
But what are the political implications of the AU signatories to the Rome statute protesting the work of the court in one voice (53 states out of 54) and even pulling out enmasse from the ICC (if what they want done does not happen)? What will it do to the authority of the court now desperately struggling for credibility when many in Africa had seen as a light at the end of a long dark tunnel of bad governance and impunity amongst African leaders? The sad truth is that the political realities in the West have changed dramatically amid unprecedented economic chaos and financial uncertainties. They now need Africa more than ever before. Not to mention the fact that East Africa is suddenly oil rich with significant deposits of the precious and very political resource having recently been found in Uganda and Kenya.
Meanwhile a quite battle simmers deep inside the JUBILEE government where powerful sources are bent on clipping the wings of deputy president William Ruto. Those who believe that the president is strong enough to keep powerful forces watching his back at bay are naive. Indeed the composition of the president's inner cabinet which includes his mother and one Alfred Gitonga amongst others should enable anybody to make a fairly accurate prediction on what is going to inevitably come.
See also; Why has Mrs Pauline Musyoka wife of former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka always kept a low profile and done her best to keep a very safe distance from the limelight that her husband’s political career has attracted? The answer to that question is mighty interesting to say the least.