So, Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta is president elect and what next? With a looming trial for crime against humanity at The Hague, it is yet unclear how he plans to combine this with the responsibility of running the office. Some have already entitled it leadership by Skype.
Uhuru Kenyatta is accused of sponsoring and organising the devastating Kenyan post-election violence in 2007, a charge he shares with his running mate. The question is, why would 50.07 per cent of registered voters elect an accused to lead them ignoring the impact of their decision on international relations with the west?
One couldn’t help but wonder if the Kenyans themselves are fully aware of the facts of the ICC indictment. Mr Kenyatta denies the charges and instead as suggestive of evidence according to a BBC report re-branded the indictment in such a way that the ICC label actually worked in his favour. Is the perceived power and past colonial relations with the west an alibi to promote the notion of interference by the west in local matters making it easy to present a united front against overseas “meddlers”?
For many of the post-election victims, justice continues to linger but the 2013 elections may well have offered the much needed opportunity to move forward.
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