Of the ICC and Our Sovereignty

December 14, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

President Mwai Kibaki, Kalonzo Musyoka & Raila Odinga at the announcement of the new cabinet on April 14 2008

There is much glee in Kenya over the anticipated revelation of the five P.E.V chief suspects by ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo. At exactly 2pm Nairobi time, Kenyans will be glued to their TV and Radios, eager to be among the first to learn who the ICC believes to have been the Architects of the Violence that followed the 2007 Presidential Elections.

Happy as we may be that the Day of the Hague draws nigh for these warlords, I must register a sense of melancholy at the demise of our sovereignty.
Every time our good friends Ocampo and Kofi Annan step foot into Kenya for a ‘follow up’ of one accord or the other and to demand more action from the government, I cringe; well aware that the sovereignty of our people, as guaranteed by our Constitution is being violated.

I can not help but wonder what our fore fathers would think of the state of things today. What would Jomo Kenyatta and Oginga Odinga think of this? What would the brave men and women who fought and lost their lives for the sake of self rule and freedom think of our current crop of leaders, who due to greed for power and short sightedness have cost us our Republic’s pride?

I mourn for my country’s pride as it goes up in smoke, under the embers of the high profile foreign visitors who troop to it, and hotter still the embers stoked by the very leaders that we have elected.

Still I can not help but to lay the blame squarely on myself and on You, for it is we that have let this happen. After all, our politicians are just but a reflection of ourselves.

I can therefor only hope that come 2PM, as Ocampo reads to us a list of six of our citizens that will be facing the international corridors of justice, we shall realize that we have robbed ourselves of an opportunity to heal our nation, and that we have failed to take it upon ourselves to bring Justice and Peace in our own realm and once again aired our dirty laundry to our neighbours, as it were. That we have failed to value our sovereignty enough, to warrant protecting it. Perhaps we are still drunk from London’s Gin of colonization, perhaps after 47 years we still do not understand what self rule means.

So read on Mr. Ocampo, and do your Job as you see fit. We shall take to humility and swallow whatever bitter pill you prescribe.

About King'ori
Sillicon Valley Techie / Community Organizer / Activist. I dream of a day when the East African Federation shall become a reality!


3 Responses to “Of the ICC and Our Sovereignty”
  1. Steve says:

    By the way the MP’s have been running around trying to pull Kenya out of the Rome Statute, it appears that your line of thought is not lost on them… the Hague was a bad idea.


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