My only worry about the westgate terror is that Raila Odinga joined in the sorrowful aftermath; and with it, gave president Kenyatta a legitimacy he neither deserved, nor should deserve even now. With finality, Odinga took the pen away from some of Kenyatta’s fierce critics, turned the pen-master’s rage into robotic acceptance and condemned the only few remaining society gatekeepers to that disgusting lie: “we are one”. Such are the sadness that come with political pussyfooting.
Public Relations journalists, the types that now control a huge section of Kenyan mainstream media houses, have outrageously claimed that Westgate added the criminally indicted president Uhuru a fresh support and a free card to get out of jail.
According to them, Westgate has shown beyond any iota of doubt that the president needs to be present in the country. Interestingly, these same people fail to recognise that Westgate terror attack happened when Uhuru was having fiesta in state house. He was right inside the country, a few kilometers from these scene of violence. what did he do? Should a president be a consoler in chief or a commander in chief?
Among the people quoted as doctoring this highly offensive insult to the people of Kenya is one Ngunjiri Wambugu. Before he metamorphosised into “the tribal correctness” he always was; this Wambugu was a high ranking ODM rent seeker. After the controversial electoral verdict in March 4, and the accompanying empty legal theatrics in the now besieged Mutunga’s kraal, Wambugu, like the others, ‘accepted and went back’ home.
“He now has an opportunity to remind Kenyans and the world that our country is at war, and point to Westgate as why we cannot afford to have a president with divided attention,” Ngunjiri claims. Our country is at war? And Westgate is the battlefield? Ooh really? In the fullness of time, we will revisit the Wambugus of this world.
If you are not amused with the continuing political interpretation of the Westgate tragedy as an event which now necessitates the need to end all talk on the ICC, declare Uhuru Kenyatta a saviour president and tell off the survivors of the post election violence; many of them victims of a more atrocious crime than terrorism at Westgate; then you are not alone. We are many.
On what moral pedestal does a celibate condemn a divorcee? One may ask: One what moral ground does one who is accused of killing, displacing thousands, torturing and maiming thousands garner support for sleeping at statehouse to be told on TV that some few tens are murdering some few hundreds?
Wambugu goes on to outlandishly proclaim:
“The raid even presented Kenyatta with a chance to heal the wounds of the post-election violence”. Again, ooh really? You see, one of the most quoted maxims of equity is that ‘delay defeats equity’. What is shocking in Kenya today is the deliberate forgetfulness of the people. This memory lapse, conditioned by a political elite through intentional engineering of the people’s will by way of mass media, is a ticking time bomb, for history records that a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Did the westgate offer President Uhuru a blank cheque to evade justice? Are Kenyans no longer keen with the ICC trial because they want a president with an ‘undivided’ attention?Â What did the presidency do that so shifted ‘public opinion’ on its favour and against the president’s personal challenge’ at the ICC? Did the country not tell him that his legal woes at the ICC would be detrimental to the execution of the office of the president to which they shrugged: skype?
To date, the media and a highly specialised PR team in the office of the president has managed to distance the president from the omissions of state officials who ought to have protected the country from any form of aggression.
Another question may well suffice? If Uhuru uses the Westgate terror to evade the Hague, on what legal basis will the case of Joshua Arap Sang continue? Â If all the cases involving Uhuru, Ruto and Sang are dropped because of ‘ important duties’ delegated to ‘free men’; what justification there is in convicting violent robbers, serial killers and those who rape children?
However, it is time citizens are reminded that the responsibility to protect them is the cardinal duty of any government. When westgate was attacked by Al shabaab, the country was being treated to the theatre of witness intimidation through highly publicized withdrawals. When the dust settles, another round of withdrawals based on Westgate are what those who claim Uhuru should not be charged for post-poll violence would wish to see.
In Kenya when you are rich and charged with murder, and your mother is ill; this new media-statehouse court system proposes that your case stops infinitely till you cure your mother. If she dies, you are a free man. “We are one”.
In westgate, kenyans were united mourning the dead, like the relative of the president and his fiance (RIP). In Westgate, some Kenyans had taken their children to attend a cooking competition (so such things still happen), proving that VAT was a poor man’s problem. In westgate, it was a usual morning outing for Kenyans who can still afford it each weekend, then terror struck.
Lest we forget, Uhuru is charged at the Hague for causing heinous deaths of people who could not defend themselves. His alleged militia “Mungiki” killed, maimed, forcibly circumcised and raped thousands, many now living condemned with HIV/AIDS. These same horrendous crimes were reported to have allegedly been committed at Westgate. Assuming the attackers, the ones you call ‘terrorists’, were arrested alive; would Kenyans have been compassionate to let them go free as people like Wambugu are now proposing to the world?
isn’t it this county where an Iranian national is serving 59 years in jail for being in possession of illegal weapons that were to be used to blow up MPs at parliament building? How many Kenyans are serving various jail terms in foreign countries? Justice knows no geography.
Natural law, or law as the dictate of reason, posits that law can only be true if it is obligatory. If Kenya makes it optional for a certain segment of the population; by virtue of their ‘acquired positions’ and status, to get off freely and smiling, with no liability to suffer a penalty for disobedience; then the country will effectively be anchoring rule by official fiat. In such, consider your safety your own problem because that is what anarchists crave for-a lawless state.
Now more than ever Kenyans should unite in one accord to send Uhuru Kenyatta to the Hague. He should face his accusers. He should face justice. Those who say Kenya needs his ‘undivided’ attention are just the forgetful few. Many of them were never victims. It is like telling Westage survivors that the leader of the Al Shabaab who rules the expanses of Somalia should not face justice because, like Uhuru, he too has his ‘people’.