One hand does not catch a buffalo is an African proverb with the obvious meaning that there is no strength in isolated effort.
Presently there is a rumor that Kenya is spear heading a collective effort to have the African Union (AU) opt out of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Kenya vice-president is presently on a mission to visit South Africa, Uganda and Malawi and other ministers will visit Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Nigeria and Djibouti.
The visit is allegedly to support a procedure to motion the cogwheel in time for an AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the end of January 2011.
The ICC chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, mentioned six suspects allegedly responsible for the atrocities perpetrated after the December 2007 presidential elections leading to the death of over 1,200 human lives, innumerable atrocities and internally displaced people.
The sordid affair resulted in a recipe of a coalition government where the president remained president, a vice president was appointed and a prime minister was added to make the dish palatable.
The recipe is so good that it was adopted in Zimbabwe and was even mentioned for Ivory Coast.
The majority of the suspects are prominent present and former politicians and one is the present Finance Minister.
In the government everyone is closely related by tribe, cronyism or kinship from the time Kenya became a country.
They steal and steal until the size of the loot provides an entry pass in the respectable bourgeoisie. Consequently, any external force threatening their pals is foreseen as a premonition of what could happen to them if caught by elements outside the African system.
They call it neocolonial justice to give it a sense of persecution coming from the West. Like if the West asked them to rig the election.
Kenya politicians had the possibility of trying the alleged suspects via a local tribunal but more than once they voted down the effort until ICC knocked at their door. Now fear from these broad tie suited soldiers makes them reconsider the option.
The consensus among the population is for the suspects to face The Hague taking into consideration an ineffective and corrupt judicial system.
All serious corruption cases start with inquiries, documentation, lots of noise, accusation and counter accusations. No one prominent person has ever been prosecuted and the cases are stamped “do not disturb” and sucked up into a black hole. That’s on and on and on the same well rehearsed scenario.
It will be a sad day for ICC, the world justice and the memory of the fallen souls if Kenya succeeds in its attempt at the African Union.
- Africa in the dock (bbc.co.uk)
- Kenya MPs vote to pull out of ICC (bbc.co.uk)
- Kenyans march to protest ICC’s naming of suspects (reuters.com)
- What does ICC action mean for Kenya? (reuters.com)