|Field Marshal Dedan Kimaathi. Kenya's freedom is hard won!|
At the National Prayers, the burden of making Kenya went back to the individual.It is they who can shun negative ethnicity, the people. But this only grows when appointments in Kenya are skewed in favour of some ethnic groups, when they are unitlaterally done and when they are done in contravention of the Constitution. I think we should not bring God into this in this manner. We should just do what should be done and then hope to make it acceptable as sacrifice as at by the rivers of Babylon. "Let the works of our hands and the meditation..." President Kibaki talked about democracy having matured. There were no boos but only toasts. The spirit of nationalism was again turned only to the individual as happens in bad economics and poor religion. As well as that corruption and diseases were also framed as individual struggles.. Kibaki then asked Kenyans to accept and defend the unitary state of Kenya especially now that Mombasa is speaking about cessation (ill advised but rooted somewhere) and then came his crunch.. that this is because we are preparing the coming to ground of the 47 counties. This is where the crux of the matter is.
The Constitution of Kenya states that "Any convention or treaty signed by Kenya shall form part of the laws of Kenya". This makes the International Criminal Court a part of Kenya's judicial system. The effort to show this court as alien and to move it to Africa has been Kibaki's idea of justice. This ICC is the court Kenyans took recourse to because the local system failed us in our greatest hour of need. It is remarkable that Kibaki thinks this is something we should not have done. He once wanted us to renegade the Rome Statute. That failed. He does not know that in any case even countries that are not signatories can still have cases heard by the ICC if the citizens of such a nation are determined to take them to the ICC .
Now then Kibaki has not stopped to see Kenya as Kenya without himself and his friends in politics. He insists on moving this case in which the ICC has indicted four men among them Uhuru Kenyatta and Francis Muthaura, his close friends to Arusha, Tanzania. He wants to move the case to the East African Court of Justice. Here he believes justice will be served in a different way. He went to a meeting with presidents Kagame of Rwanda, Kaguta Museveni of Uganda and Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania to move them to do this. I was surprised to see him make do this in the name of a few people whose political careers he believes he should save regardless of the fact that the ICC has indicted them. This means that those who died in violence 1 133 of them, people who were maimed and women and men who were raped, all the collective trauma we cannot describe here which we went through does not matter much. The destruction was immense. We know how the 600 000 who were displaced stayed in camps and part of them resettled over a longer period than it should have taken, whilst many of them remained unsettled. The main reason on Kibaki's mind is that Uhuru Kenyatta should not be in a court process now because he wants to vie for the presidency of Kenya. There could be fear too of what the case may come up with and what that will mean to him in relation to the crimes against humanity committed in Kenya in his tenure. After all, the ICC insists it has evidence that meetings with Mungiki militias were held in State House.
If we survive these divisions it will only because of the people. It will not be because as America says today, she will make sure we have peaceful elections. The International community were there and not too far from what led Kenya to burn in 2007/2008. Furthermore, our relationship with Somalia seems to be influenced by some foreign policy for Kenya did nto have the budget to invade Somalia a country Kenya has worked with for peace over many years. If Kenya makes it over tribal tensions it will not be because president Kibaki has led well. A good leader does not appoint county leaders unitlaterally when there is such a high level of mistrust and discontent. Kibaki's government has not shared resources and opportunities with all ethnic groups. The marginalised are hardly ever mentioned. This is why he does not need to ask God to hold the country together. He first needs to make sure that everyone in the country feels that they are not closed out of prosperity through opportunities because of their ethnic background. Today, June 1st, Kenya celebrates Internal Self Government granted in 1963 before independence in December of the same year. Young Kenyans on fb are very critical of what is going on in Kenya. Some of them wrote that there was nothing to celebrate on the 1st of June 2012, Madaraka Day, in Kenya. We could at least have celebrated the constitution but Kibaki hardly refers to it anymore. Let the ordinary person have the courage to keep focused on justice and to keep saying that we are not doing well at all.