Memo to Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and with all due respect:
- The country IS still dealing with its past.
- You were “dragged” before The Hague in part BECAUSE of the country’s past.
- Almost a decade later, massive injustices ARE STILL being visited on the victims of the violence you and your deputy were accused of fomenting and,
- I won’t even bring up the injustices Kenyans have suffered, since independence, at the hands of fellow Kenyans.
As famously said by Dr. Martin L. King, the arc of the (moral) universe is long but it bends towards justice — eventually. In the wake of the ruling on DP Ruto’s case, Kenyans have some questions to ponder:
- With the ICC virtually neutered, first by losses in both Kenyan cases, then by threats of a walk-out by the rebellious African Union (AU) caucus, are the country’s institutions — executive, legislature and judiciary — independent and mature enough to withstand the twists, turns and turmoil that are all inherent in the progression towards a just and fair society?
- Does the country have the patience to wait for the universe’s moral arc to bend in its favor?
- Will the affected citizens willingly and quietly “accept“ the fact that no one has been held accountable for the death, pain and suffering wrought on them and their loved ones; then “move on”?
Far from being “amoral“ and given the country’s history, there WILL be another conflagration because the main issues that triggered the last bout of violence — tribal animus, land ownership and historical injustices, real and/or perceived — are yet to be addressed — comprehensively and fairly.
Those who refuse to learn from the past are.......