CONSTITUTION CELEBRATION, KENYA STYLE


   

President Emilio Mwai Kibaki / Image Wikipedia

The birth of Kenya’s new constitution, voted upon by an overwhelming majority, was crowned with a lavish party in Nairobi.  

They event was first class with dances, marching bands, parades, aerial display and many speeches of hope.
The newspapers had articles about the past, present and the future of Kenya. Radios vented the expectations and hope of the mass at large.   

The second republic is here with all its euphoria. The new constitution limits the power of the president, provides check and balance, recognizes women’s rights, allows dual citizenship, expects fair land distribution and does not give place for tribalism so forth and so on.  

The new constitution, which was 20 years in the making, honors the buoyancy of a people acquiring democratic rights against hyenas, sorry, a political élite who only purpose is to debone, sorry again, fleece the government’s coffer.
Not one politician has ever been indicted for corruption under Kenya’s “first republic”.  Assuming I am wrong, then forgive me, and let’s not generalize on exception.  

Of course, a constitution is not a document putting the country on auto-pilot. Now the politicians and judiciary, under the watchdog of the citizenry, must ensure its ethical implementation.
Politicians must now show transparency, good faith and the want to vote on real issues beside their salary rise.  

Did you know that Kenyan politicians are among the best paid in the world?
Did you know that Kenya’s economy is not the best in the world?  

The ceremony of the birth of Kenya’s second republic was fantastic; all onlookers watch the revamped image of the government.
The baby is now clean and everyone wants to witness its new steps.
The helpers to rejoice and to support the new baby were the crème de la crème of dignitaries.  

 A memorable picture is a happy President Emilio Mwai Kibaki surrounded by glowing President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi of the Comoros, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Omar Hassan Al Bashir of Sudan.  

Rewind a bit, so the picture shows;
Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi from the Comoros educated in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Iran and whose nickname is Al Ayatollah and ….  

Yoweri Museveni, ruler of Uganda since 1968 and who announced his candidacy for a fourth term, thanks to a change in its constitution, so he can complete 30 years in power.  and ….  

Paul Kamage, from darling country Rwanda, the one who won a landslide election against a non-existent opposition and, the same one, now awaiting a report from the UN for alleged crime against humanity perpetrated against Hutus in Congo in 1996 and ….  

Omar Al-|Bashir / image wikipedia

Al Bashir, president of Sudan, the well-known international fugitive wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), for alleged genocide and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s Darfur region.  

That’s a nice rejuvenated reputation for Emilio Mwai Kibaki  who was swiftly sworn as president for this second term amid chaos which eventually saw the killing of more than one thousand of its citizens and the internal displacement of more than half a million.  

Is this a prediction of how ethical the new baby of the second republic will be?  

Luis Moreno-Ocampo / Image by jurisnovus

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor of the International Court of Justice, may as well put all the documents he has against the alleged perpetrator of the killing during the 2007 Kenyan elections back in his drawers.
Maybe, he should forego his reception in memory of all Kenyan killed, maimed, raped and displaced during the last election.

2007-2008 violence in Kenya / Image Wikipedia


Ocampo’s party will never be as glamorous as the one held by the Kenyan Government welcoming the baby of the second republic.  

Can someone break my crystal ball and say “it didn’t happen”?
Please!  

Patrick-Bernard  

 

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