INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT – KENYA


The Security control area at the entrance of t...
Entrance to the United Nations Detention Unit – The Hague

ICC has given the names of 6 suspects responsible for crimes committed in 2007/2008 during the result of the botch elections in Kenya. It resulted in a questionable power sharing between now President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

In this power sharing they bloated the government to satisfy the president whose party probably rigged the election and the loser who should have been president. They added a thingamabob vice-president with lots of doodad members of parliaments who are among the highest paid in the world. 

The atrocities according to Mr. Moreno-Ocampo,  International Criminal Court Prosecutor, resulted in more than 1,100 people being killed, 3,500 injured and more than 600,000 being displaced from their homes.
Of course, it is not accurate; the toll is most likely higher since getting proper statistic is almost impossible in that part of the world. I mean statistics for people killed during rioting when live bullets are used.
A foot note: some of the money allocated for relocating the internally displaced people vanished in the pockets of some government officials.
Isn’t nice the way governments representatives fulfill their duties on behalf of their citizens!

President Moi Kibaki’s reaction to Mr.Moreno-Ocampo news was ‘the people who have been mentioned have not yet been fully investigated as the pre-trial process in The Hague has only but began.
They, therefore, cannot be judged as guilty until the charges are confirmed by the court.
Calls for action to be taken against them are, therefore, prejudicial, preemptive and against the rules of natural justice.”

Very nice, it is very short, let me translate it: the mentioned suspects can go on in their functions like nothing ever happened and we will do our best not to send them to The Hague. 

Not strange, according to the corruption perception index Kenya is among the most corrupt country in the world and the most corrupt in East Africa.

WikiLeaks notes from the US embassy called Kenya a swamp of corruption where probably all the members of the government are corrupt. The government was so offended by the divulgation of this open secret that some members of parliament want to oust Mr. Michael Ranneberger the US ambassador to Kenya.

As far as I am concerned Ambassador Ranneberger has my vote of confidence. Also, don’t believe the hype on any other charges the Kenyan government wants to pin on him that’s hogwash. 

I have no idea if Mr. Moreno-Ocampo will succeed. What I know is that he will get only blah blah from the government but no help.

Already the Security Chiefs, stated that they will not help ICC in its probe.  In the meantime it is most likely that any known witnesses will be bought, hunted or lynched to the highest tree.

Watch the government fomenting strategies, meetings and press conferences to help their adversely named sextet.  Of course, to give credence to their issues they will give a good word for the one killed in vain
Of course a word, only a word and not much more.

The interesting fact is that president Kibaki is now in favor of a local tribunal to judge the culprits of the election chaos.  Yes, it is interesting knowing that not one prominent person mentioned in any of all the corruption cases has ever been indicted. The judicial system is only a name on a big board outside a nice building. You may as well call it the Judicial banking system.

Oops! Let me remind you again that Kenya is one of the most corrupt countries of our entire planet.

Actually, a local tribunal is a good idea that will definitely suit the politicians since everyone will go scot-free.

Patrick-Bernard

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