HAGUE AND IMPUNITY IN KENYA.WHAT GOOD WILL IT DO?
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?
This topic brings tears in the eyes of all reasonably human beings, whether Kenyan or not. The thread is full of lopsided, myopic ideas that one only gets from people who are enjoying a freedom that they do not understand how it was won. Those who were alive during Kenyatta’s reign will agree that impunity did not start with the post election violence. We can all remember the tribal clashes in the rift valley, Western, Coast and Nyanza provinces during the Moi reign. This did not happen only once but every time elections were approaching. Was anybody taken to The Hague for them? None! Moi is still alive and even the blind can see his complicity in the last post election violence.
Impunity in Kenya is not just limited to the post election violence. It has permeated the very fabric of Kenya. The Anglo leasing, Goldenberg cases, Dr. Robert Ouko, Tom Mboya, bank robberies, Government tender system are but some of the ones one can talk about from the endless list. Was anyone effectively prosecuted? NO. People instead were persecuted for pointing to these cases, many died.
All the while, the Brits and Americans were playing ball with the perpetrators as long as they allowed the west to plunder Kenyans wealth. Today, a lot of people are talking as if they want The Hague and this particular case to solve Kenyans problems. This is not only mischievous, but it is also entrenching the culture of impunity.
If we only deal with post election violence alone Kivuitu and the entire electoral commission should have been in The Hague or in some jail for causing all these mayhem instead of a mouth watering handshake at the tax payers’ expense. The institutions in Kenya need a drastic post mortem like the treat Ghana’s judiciary got under Jerry Rawlings. Ghana today can be visited by our own son the USA President while the rot and confusion keep him away from home.
The solution should start with Moi, the many office holders in the judiciary, the AG, the police, the civil servants, and the electoral commission who all have been fanning this impunity. It does not matter where a civil servant comes from, all Kenyans need are services, but as long as the said civil servants can loot with impunity, poverty continues unabated while Kenyans pay exorbitant taxes. People, remember Kenya fought the Brit because we did not want taxation without representation. Now we need to fight for no taxation without services and once that too is aligned people will live together amicably..
It is true the post election violence was not only cruel but was also primitive and barbaric, but that was the only way people faced with a non existent judiciary could express their frustrations.
We need to analyze the cause and effect and stop treating only symptoms while still nurturing the cause. Kenyans should stop thinking this is our time to punish some tribes and use the Hague to perpetuate another Nyayo house chambers type of fear into other tribes. We are all in it together.
KINDLY NOTE THAT THE ABOVE ARE JUST VIEWS OF A CONCERNED KENYAN-Opening up his mind.