By Dikembe Disembe
The other day, Jendayi Frazer wrote a rather long commentary on the ICC case facing the president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, which, despite its apparent staleness, was so important to the Daily Nation that it was published on page 3 and the flow-over pushed to the next pages.
Keen readers would have realized that this opinion piece was written before March 4 elections and was to appear just at the eve of it; probably on the 3rd; why? How else do you explain an article which still refers to UK as a presidential candidate and not the â€˜president-electâ€™? Again, how could it be that it comments about the ICC cases without mentioning the developments after the flopping of the Muthaura case? Methinks for the Daily Nation to save face and appear magnanimous, they let it be without the necessary editing which would have made it a bit current. Journalism on trial!
As was expected, Kenyans did not disappoint; all manner of opinions went haywire: average jubilee supporters used the rare opportunity to worship the West as â€˜cordlingsâ€™ gnashed and cursed. Such are the pre-conditions for a country gearing for democratic take-off . . . we have to put up with all manner of global learned crooks, picnic seekers and bogus intellectuals.
Let me share with you some specifics of this womanâ€™s dangerous insinuations, which, left to stand for long, would mislead average jubilee supporters like Bogonko Bosire who would in turn mislead the thousand ignoramuses and pumpkins in his corner!
First, by claiming that the â€˜ICC has fallen from high ideals of global justice and accountabilityâ€™, this foster mother of jubilee politics failed to appreciate the intricacies surrounding the quest for justice at The Hague, including the twin monsters of ethnicity and impunity in Kenya. Frazer needs to tell the world what are the exact reasons so far advanced by the court for the crumbling of the Muthaura case which she sensationally claims vindicates Uhuru Kenyatta from the orgies of the post election violence.
As I watched the recent status conference on Muthaura, the ICC prosecutor alleges three disturbing reasons for withdrawal of her charges: (i) witness deaths, (ii) witness bribery, (iii) failure by the government of Kenya to fully cooperate with the court. Are these reasons any rational person should celebrate? Are these what God in Heaven, who metes out justice for villains of this world should be thanked for in prayer rallies?
Second, Frazer claims, without giving any iota of evidence, that the ICC has been used by â€˜African politiciansâ€™ to FIX their competitors. In the Kenyan context, she fails to point out that the ICC was a popular â€˜short-cutâ€™ to justice by the very suspects. That Hon Uhuru and Hon Ruto literally begged (through their henchmen in parliament) to be shipped to The Hague where they hoped justice would be given as a pudding is a fact the ethinicized Kenyan media has helped them hide for far too long, yet, in the twisted logic of this foreign woman, she imagines political competition more than the need to bring those whom investigations produced as having the greatest responsibility for the mayhem of 2007/08.
Third, Jendayi Frazer seems to have a pathological abhorrence of PM Odinga. She writes in a lengthy but irrelevant paragraph: â€œSimilarly, if Kenyaâ€™s Supreme Court rules against the IEBC will Prime Minister Odinga distance himself from the US during a run off to guard against any perception that he is sponsored by the West?â€ One wonders how Mr. Odinga becomes a digression in the issues this woman wanted to communicate if not the usual, and now perfected slanted argument by jubilee hirelings like Wahome Thuku and Macharia Gaitho masquerading as columnists and editors in Kenyan mainstream media.
In an attempt to appeal further to her jubilee paymasters, this foreign woman claims she has no preferred president among the contenders yet finds it necessary to contradict the official US position in Kenya as delivered by President and expounded by Carson, that, â€œchoices have consequencesâ€ and that â€œpeople have reputations and historiesâ€. She goes further and recklessly asserts that the insistent of the West on â€˜essential contactsâ€™ should Uhuru get elected would destabilize the country and so, according to her, we, Kenyans, are better off worshipping the dollar than painstakingly taking stoke of whether our leaders should be above human laws with the rest of us precariously hanging from a thread of their kindness when justice beckons.
Bogus intellectuals like Jendayi Frazer wants to â€˜matroniseâ€™ our democracy from some black upper-middle class suburb in the United States of America where obesity and gun violence threatens to wipe a generation. Instead of Frazer disguising herself as a former undersecretary for African Affairs, she better relocates to Nairobi and help that 22 year old Julie Wangâ€™ombe to write better speeches for â€˜ourâ€™ president-elect, or better still, join Jubilee Propaganda academy in developing another round of propaganda for an alliance whose only known manifesto for education is to distribute solar powered laptops to graduates of babyclass and pre-units-yaani-std. one pupils!