President Uhuru Kenyatta today took a swipe at Western powers in his maiden remarks during the special session the AU called to discuss Kenya’s ongoing cases at the International Criminal Court.
The bellicose president, cheered by the continent’s strong men and women, save for Botswana, spewed vitriol on former colonial masters, boasting that they -the African presidents and heads of governments – are leading a continent on the rise.
“Even though we were dominated and controlled by imperialists and colonial interests in years gone by, we are now proud, independent and sovereign nations and people,” he said . The president told the assembly that Africa’s ‘self-evident promise’ is to look to the future with hope, march with confidence and march in unity.
” These liberation heroes founded the Organisation of African Unity, which was dedicated to the eradication of ALL FORMS OF COLONIALSM (emphasis his).”
Uhuru, in an interesting speech which sounded like a lecture, Â went ahead to explain how Africa fought colonialism, and were always wary of neo-colonialism.
“The founding fathers of African Unity were conscious that structural colonialism takes many forms, some blatant and extreme, like apartheid,while others are subtler and deceptively innocuous, like some forms of development assistance,” wow! That’s a great paragraph, thumbs up Manoah Isipisu and your team at the Presidential Press!
Then a president who just recently went in a begging spree in Russia and China began ranting and defending himself, as if the AU was an extended courtroom of the ICC.
“Yet at the same time, more than ever, it is imperative for us to be vigilant against the persistent machinations of outsiders who desire to control that destiny. . .” Ooh really?
“The philosophies, ideologies, structures and institutions that visited misery upon millions for centuries ultimately harm their perpetrators.Thus the imperial exploiter crashes into the pits of penury,” another good empty line Isipisu, considering that the man saying all these is a landlord sitting on thousands and thousands of grabbed prime lands; some belonging to the real freedom fighters on whose sweat his father rode to amass enough wealth of a country and make his heirs – Uhuru included – among the richest men on earth!
THEN he took on the UNITED STATES, twisting the usual Russia accusation that the US wants to sherif the world. A president of a poor African country with an unsustainable wage bill, increasing child mortality, HIV/AIDs, lack of jobs for thousands of graduates, crumbling security system with an army of robbers had the audacity to say this of the United States of America:
“The arrogant world police is crippled by shambolic domestic dysfunction”. To Uhuru, the recent government shutdown by US Lawmakers is akin to ‘shambolic’ domestic dysfunction! In this age, it appears only the South and the Pacific is doing well.
“Africa and Asia continue to thrive, with their promise growing every passing day.As our strength multiplies, and our unity gets deeper, those who want tocontrol and exploit us become more desperate”.
Then your president took on the ICC!
“The International Criminal Court was mandated to accomplish these objectives by bringing to justice those criminal perpetrators who bear greatest responsibility for crimes.Looking at the world in the past, at that time and even now, it was clear that there have always been instances of unconscionable impunity and atrocity that demand a concerted international response, and that there are vulnerable, helpless victims of these crimes who require justice as a matter of right. This is the understanding, and the expectation of most signatories to the Rome Statute.The most active global powers of the time declined to ratify the Treaty,or withdrew somewhere along the way, citing several compelling grounds.The British foreign secretary Robin Cook said at the time, that the International Criminal Court was not set up to bring to book Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom or Presidents of the United States. Had someone other than a Western leader said those fateful words, the word ‘impunity’ would have been thrown at them with an emphatic alacrity.
This ICC expert continued. . .
An American senator serving on the foreign relations committee echoed the British sentiments and said, “Our concern is that this is a court that is irreparably flawed, that is created with an independent prosecutor, with no checks and balances on his power, answerable to no state institution,and that this court is going to be used for politicized prosecutions.
Then he turned on to be a judge, and a prosecutor. . .
The understanding of the States which subscribed to the Treaty in good faith was two-fold. First, that world powers were hesitant to a process that might make them accountable for such spectacularly criminal international adventures as the wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and other places, and such hideous enterprises as renditions and torture. Such states did not,therefore, consider such warnings as applicable to pacific and friendly parties. Secondly, it was the understanding of good-faith subscribers that the ICC would administer and secure justice in a fair, impartial and independent manner and, as an international court, bring accountability to situations and perpetrators everywhere in the world. As well, it was hoped that the ICC would set the highest standards of justice and judicial processes.
The rest of the speech was shared between bashing the office of the prosecutor and proving why he should not attend his initially ‘personal problem’ at the Hague.
As it turned out, African countries, despite the hullabaloo about pulling out of the ICC did not even ‘imagine’ it during the whole conference. Uhuru has now been left on his own devise, and with respected Africans like Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and Raila Odinga giving the ICC a clean bill of health, and the revolutionary Botswana president Khama Ian Khama telling off other African heads of states that ‘cooperation ni lazima’ and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma no longer showing interest in soiling his country’s name by supporting impunity, same to Tanzania; Uhuru’s goose is already cooked!
Hague tries individuals, not nations!