ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – African leaders backed Kenya’s plan to defer the cases of key suspects accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of masterminding post-election violence, the African Union said on Monday. Boosted by the vote of confidence, Kenya is now likely to call for the U.N. Security Council to defer or suspend the trials from taking place for a year while it overhauls its judiciary to handle the cases. Kibaki said on Monday the east African country was preparing the ground for local trials after adopting a new constitution in August that was designed to strengthen the judiciary.
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These are interesting times in Kenya. Suddenly people in high offices are feeling the heat over corruption. Hon. Wetangula and Hon. Ruto, hitherto the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Higher Education respectively have left office as has Thuita Mwangi former PS Foreign Affairs. Godfrey Majiwa, former mayor of Nairobi also resigned over the Cemetery scandal. And now, the spotlight is on many others. The drama will yet unfold as we look towards a cleaner government.
President Kibaki seems to have his eyes firmly fixed on his legacy. Having already taken credit for delivering a new constitutional dispensation, he wants to leave no doubt that he meant business. For Raila Odinga, the Prime Minister, fighting corruption makes a lot of sense in view of his ambitions for Presidency in 2012. Hence, PLO Lumumba may yet be the luckiest man in Kenya to have ever attempted to fight corruption. The time is just right.
In watching all these drama unfold, what has surprised me is that I am yet to hear anyone claim that our people are being targeted. Maybe in the end, things actually do change. Thanks to the birth of a new Kenya.
Posted in New Constitution, Political Analysis, tagged abortion, church, Clergy, constitution, constitutional review, katiba, kenyan church, kenyan politics, kenyans, kibaki, raila, referendum on August 20, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Dear men and women of the cloth,
Not much time for greetings. I have been seeing you on TV screens and Newspapers and I can presume I know how you are doing.
On the 4th date of August 2010, Kenyans of all walks went to polling stations. They had been told to choose the destiny of their beloved country – to vote for a new constitution. This was a pill which would heal the wound of the past and make the road hereafter much smoother for them. It was a special token that the people had sought for very many years. Recently, it has been reported that the search has lasted 20 years but from my basic history, this quest began at independence. Your sheep had been conned and disenfranchised that early. (more…)
Posted in New Constitution, Political Analysis, tagged abortion, Charles Rubia, church, Clergy, constitution, constitutional review, elections, judges, katiba, Kenneth matiba, kenyan church, kenyan politics, kibaki, matiba, Moi, MPs, new constitution, President, raila, referendum, Rev. Njoya, Ruto, Yes on August 9, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
It is preposterous for fellows like Canon Peter Karanja, Secretary General of the National Council of the Churches of Kenya and Pastor Oginde of Christ is the Answer Ministry to claim that the referendum was marred by irregularities. These two gentlemen have now left the pulpit altogether and become politicians. It is interesting that even seasoned politicians as the retired President Moi accepted the result of the referendum. Kenyans had spoken loud and clear; no wonder Karanja and Oginde are not being listened to.
On the morning of August 4th, I woke very early in the morning and went to vote. The main reason was that I believed that my vote could actually make a difference in this country. More that 8 million others did the same. Out of those over 6 million voted with me to approve the draft constitution. (more…)
Posted in New Constitution, Political Analysis, tagged Bishop Muge, Charles Rubia, constitution, constitutional review, Hempstone, Imanyara, Jirongo, KANU, katiba, Kenneth matiba, Kenya Human Rights Commission, kenyan politics, khaminwa, KHRC, kibaki, kiraitu, Kiraitu Murungi, Likoni, matiba, Moi, Molo, Murungi, Naivasha, new constitution, Njoro, Nyayo torture chambers, raila, Rev. Njoya, Rift Valley, Ruto, Section 2(a), Suswa, Uhuru, Wangari Mathai, Yes on July 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Just yesterday, the Nation (See article Kenya torture victims compensated) reported that he Kenya Government will compensate former detainees up to an amount of Sh40 million. Lady Justice Hannah Okwengu, a High Court judge awarded the money to 21 ex-detainees whom the judge ruled had proved that they had been subjected to torture at the infamous Nyayo torture chambers and deserved to be compensated. The 21, through the Kenya Human Rights Commission, accused the government of violating their rights. They said they were tortured by police in former president Moi’s reign.
Then I recall seeing former President Moi’s in his longtime favourite red-shirt from the days of KANU. Moi was quoted saying that he knew the history of the Rift Valley better than anyone else in this country. That maybe true but then again it may not be but that is irrelevant. What is, is that after that he asked the audience ‘ Rift Valley ni ya nani hasa?‘ ( To whom does the Rift Valley belong). Your guess is as good as mine what sort of answer our former president was driving at.
The self-styled ‘profesa‘ (sic) of politics is a man that never ceases to amaze. (more…)