Me, the sate and the Public
29 November 2012, 16:30
The cross-cutting question that has been filling mouths of Kenyans is ‘what is the fate of the two aspiring presidential candidates: Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto?’
These two individuals are charged with heinous crimes such as murder among others that were perpetuated during the 2007-2008 post election violence.
One may wonder as to why the post election violence has been given too much air play, yet there have been past occurrences of similar kind in the nineties.
Truth be told, the 2007-2008 violence cut across all boards, that is to say, virtually all parts of Kenya were clouded with a heavy soot of violence.
Furthermore, the petite bourgeois, commonly referred to as the middle class, where power resides were hit hard.
Concerns have been shot up with regards to how we are handling the issue of the International Criminal Court (ICC), where the Ocampo four, now Bensouda four; are charged for fanning the violence.
During the just concluded three day forum convened at the St. Paul’s church with the topic of discussion being, “ICC factor in the coming elections.”
According to Dr. Tom Odhiambo, a lecturer at the Kikuyu campus department of literature, asserted with fervor that it is time wasting to spend a whole afternoon discussing the ICC issues.
Instead, we ought to be earnestly focusing on how we are to resettle the Internally Displaced People (IDPS).
The IDP’S have been long forgotten whereas the welfare of the two candidates is still fresh in our minds. One of the guest speakers said that we are good at trivializing the cases our four Kenyans are facing.
To salt the injury, politicians are busy trooping to The National Alliance (TNA) whose party leader, Uhuru Kenyatta is a suspect.
This blatant party hoping to TNA sends a disturbing message into the air; that he has already won the election.
To exacerbate the matter, the Deputy Premiere Musalia Mudavadi’s concept of ‘National guilt’ adds more stench to the air we breathe.
In a less complicated language, what the deputy is saying is that we all have to bear the burden of the violence; whether you took part or not.
Moreover, his concept also claims that the casualties of the rapes, murders et cetera brought them upon themselves.
Far from it, Dr. Tom added that “we are moral cowards,” meaning that we are applying double standards.
For instance, the Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza was barred from office for pinching the nose of a security guard and also pulling out a gun on her.
She faced the consequence of this ‘petty’ crime yet Uhuru and Ruto, mindless of all the confirmed charges hanging like a milestone around their necks; are being allowed to contest for the top most executive seat: the presidency.
Joshua Lam, a lawyer at the International Criminal Court Justice that aims to promote ICC endeavors in East Africa; was not left out in echoing his sentiments.
Aside from the fact that we are not discussing about the IDPS, he sprung a momentous concern: if any of the accused is elected president then he will be the next Omar Bashir.
Omar Bashir has a warrant of arrest issued by the ICC, in his wallet.
It happens that he can only visit countries that don’t follow the ICC shadow of command.
Hence he is termed as an International pariah.
With regards to the above, Lam pointed out several key issues of urgency that must be tackled.
Firstly, is the aspect of presidential immunity.
Since Bashir is Sudan’s president, he has a wide umbrella of immunity covering him.
Therefore, he can’t be arrested in his state.
Secondly for purposes of counteracting the presidential immunity, the president will be arraigned to then Hague after the end of his tenure.
To drive this closer home, to evade the counteraction then one would likely hold on to power.
Other than that, he will not be able to represent the country’s interests on the international playground; due to him being a pariah by evading prosecution.
Consequently, our doors which are opened to foreign investment like the Kenya-Korea ties won’t be accessed.
Shaaban Robert in his book ‘Kusadikika’ ‘prophesied’ about this.
In his book, there is an observation that to a large extent will apply to us come March fourth next year.
He illuminates the mistake of looking for a rod to hit a snake that has already bitten us, instead of hitting it before it bites us.
A lot of thought has resonated about the ICC issue, including that it is a political issue. Nevertheless, all political matters are always solved in the ballots.
Lastly, if the coming election is purely on moral grounds, then they stand no chance. Your vote is your right to live, vote wisely.
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