By James Mwambai, London UK, April 13, 2014, (PSCU)
Tears flowed freely amongst the support team in London while the Kenyan diaspora jumped and cheered as First Lady Margaret Kenyatta inspired the globe with her debut at the London Marathon.
At the finish line the First Lady, who clocked 7 hrs 4 minute was warmly received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the London Marathon organizers led by the Chairman Sir John D Spurling.
It was no walk in the park pounding the 42kms in the London streets. To quote Noel Tharther the British visually impaired runner, who won five gold medals when representing Great Britain at six Paralympic Games between 1984 and 2004, ‘2014 London Marathon will deliver a lifetime’s worth of inspiration in a single day’.
The team of eight led by the First Lady was cheered by enthusiastic spectators who lined the route which had the most iconic sites of London starting from Blackheath, coming through Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks which has the longest Georgian façade in Britain.
Kenyans who live in the United Kingdom had travelled from every city in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to come and cheer the First Lady and her team.
The First Lady and her team passed through Parliament Square and Big Ben, finally going past Buckingham Palace to reach the finish line in London’s great ceremonial avenue, The Mall.
This is a worthy sacrifice that will entirely change the lives of Kenyan women and children. It is no doubt the teams’ efforts will bring the expected results of ensuring women and children access quality health care.
The race, which was beamed live across the globe, has once again put Kenya in the global ranking as the super power of sports.
Earlier, Kenyan elite athletes won gold and silver medals in both the men and women categories.
Wilson Kipsang dominated the field to take victory in the London Marathon in a new record time of 2.04.29. Kipsang was followed closely by fellow countryman Stanley Biwott in second position.
In the women category, Edna Kiplagat clinched the crown followed by fellow Kenyan Florence Kiplagat.
My name is Margaret Kenyatta. I am a mother to three lovely children and can say without hesitation that it is unbelievably moving to hold your healthy baby in your arms. This knowledge, that you hold the future of your family, the community and ultimately of the Nation in your hands, is priceless.
Yet many women may never get this chance. For them, the experience of childbirth is one filled with fear, pain, sorrow and even death. Should they survive the delivery, they are frightened that their baby is going to die, that their baby will not make it past the first few weeks of its life or even their first day. It breaks my heart knowing that these mothers and children do not have to suffer or die.
It would be unfair to say that nothing has been done to save Kenyan mothers and children. However, we must do more. Every birth promises a better, brighter future. As women, we hold a very strategic and powerful position. Realizing that this change starts with me, I have launched the Beyond Zero Campaign. This campaign aims at creating awareness and raising funds to tackle issues that affect maternal and child health issues and mother to child transmission of HIV. We have all heard the numbers; every year, thousands of women die from pregnancy complications and thousands of children under the age of five die from preventable diseases.
The World Bank states that out of every 100,000 live births in the developing world, 360 mothers will die, and they will never get to hold their babies. These women are my fellow Kenyan sisters. And, out of 1,000 children under the age of five, 73 children will never make it. To give you an even grimmer picture, in 2012 alone, 100,000 children under the age of five died. These are not just statistics, it is our fellow Kenyan sisters and children who die largely as a result of pregnancy and HIV related complications that are preventable. This campaign seeks to prevent and reduce mother to child HIV transmission and HIV related deaths, to ensure that maternal and child health care is a priority, that mothers get pre-natal and post-natal care and that we are all invested in saving lives.
To this end I decided to challenge myself to do something that I have never done. On the 13th of April this year, I will participate in the London Marathon. I will run to make a difference. I will run for the possibility of a healthy generation that is HIV-free, for the elimination of HIV transmission from mother to child. I will run to raise funds to increase access to better health care through mobile clinics that will bring services closer to Kenyans. I will run to keep mothers and newborns alive. As I run, I will be thinking how every mother needs to see her children grow up and how devastating and heart breaking it is for a mother to lose her child. I will be thinking of the children left without a mother because they could not access proper health care. I will run because I am a mother, and I believe motherhood is a blessing not just to a woman, but to a nation. I will run because every mother should be able to hold her baby and take her baby home, and that baby should live to be strong and have many more birthdays. I will run until we go Beyond Zero.
I cannot do this alone. The Beyond Zero Campaign has so far raised funds for ten mobile clinics. Our target is to raise 3.6 million pounds to buy mobile clinics for all the 47 counties in Kenya. I call on all of you to partner with me in this worthy cause. I know that on my own I may not be able to do much, but together, we can win this battle to save mothers and children from unnecessary deaths.
I thank you all.
SPEECH BY H.E. MRS. MARGARET KENYATTA, FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AT THE STANDARD CHARTERED GROUP RECEPTION AT THE STANDARD CHARTERED BANK HEADQUARTERS IN LONDON ON 10TH APRIL 2014 AT 6.00PM
Sir John Peace, the Standard Chartered Group Chairman
Richard Holmes, the CEO Standard Chartered Bank, UK
Ladies and Gentlemen
BY JIBRIL ADAN(PSCU)
NAIROBI, 27 Mar 2014 (PSCU) -President Uhuru Kenyatta today gave his first State of the Nation address at Parliament in which he outlined the progress made by the Jubilee Government since it came to office in April last year.
The speech delivered at the Chambers of the National Assembly was aired live by all local televisions and was keenly followed by millions of Kenyans.
The State of the Nation address is a requirement of Article 132 which requires that the Head of State addresses Parliament once a year to inform the nation of progress made in realization of national values and principles of governance, the country’s international obligations and in national security.
The Head of State spoke at length on how the Jubilee Government has been focused in fully implementing devolution.
“My government has kept faith with our people’s momentous choice by establishing a fully-fledged two-tier state: 47 counties that complement the national administration. All are now operational, disproving the doubts of the faint-hearted” said the President.
Devolution has placed huge budgetary burdens on the country but President Kenyatta said the Jubilee Government has more than met the need.
“While the Constitution allows the county-level governments a minimum of 15% of the total national tax revenue, we chose to allocate them more than double the requirement, at 32%” he said.
He also pointed out to that while the Constitution allowed the process of transfer of powers to counties to proceed over three years, the Jubilee Government has already completed the process.
“As a sign of my government’s commitment to devolution, we have passed on nearly all the county functions, and the resources to support them” he said.
The President cautioned those tasked with leadership not to betray the trust and aspirations of citizens.
Warning against introducing old habits like corruption into the counties would betray the great hope of the Constitution and its tenets of leadership and integrity. Such a betrayal must not happen under my watch” he said.
On security and the threat of terror in the country, the President said the Government had stepped up measures to secure our nation without “threatening the bonds of brotherhood that hold between our different faiths.”
The Head of State said that even under extreme provocation, Kenya has ensured that unity is preserved.
The Government was in the process of increasing the number of policemen in the country by moving the ratio of policemen to citizens from 1 for 750 to 1 for every 535 citizens. The Government has invested heavily in surveillance, and has already purchased 1,200 police vehicles.
President Kenyatta also pointed out that the Jubilee Government has embarked on the most ambitious energy programmes in the history of Kenya.
5000MW of power, bringing electricity at affordable rates to 80% of the nation’s households, will become available within the next three years. When Olkaria comes on stream in the next couple of months, the energy revolution will truly be underway.
The President also cited the ambitious programme to put one million acres under irrigation. The project has begun with a pilot project of 10,000 acres in the Galana Kulalu Scheme.
In listing the achievements of the Jubilee Government, President Kenyatta also talked about the large-scale infrastructure projects that are underway.
“My administration aims to make Kenya the transport and logistics hub for the region” said the President.
The President also spoke about the free maternal health care started by the Government. Trained medical staff now attends to 66 per cent of births up from 44 per cent a year ago.
The President also cited the much appreciated social safety-net programme where Government gives cash to the vulnerable members of society such as orphans, those with server disabilities, the elderly and the urban poor. 500, 000 people will soon be benefitting from the social safety-net programme.
The President also said that resettlement of internally displaced persons was a major priority for the Jubilee Government. A total of KShs 3.3 billion has already been used to resettle 777 IDP families and the programmes continues, the President said.
The President arrived at Parliament Building a few minutes after 2.30pm. He was received by Deputy President William Ruto and Chief of Defence Forces Julius Karanga before inspecting a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of Kenya Airforce.
Today’s special sitting of Parliament was attended by both Senators and Members of National Assembly and was presided over by speakers of both houses Ekwee Ethuro and Justin Muturi.
It seems the topic of homosexuals was provoked by the arrogant and careless Western groups that are fond of coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality and lesbianism, just as they carelessly handle other issues concerning Africa.
Initially, I did not pay much attention to it because I was busy with the immediate issues of defense, security, electricity, the roads, the railways, factories, modernization of agriculture, etc.
When, eventually, I concentrated my mind on it, I distilled three problems:
1. those who were promoting homo-sexuality and recruiting normal people into it;
2. as a consequence of No. 1 above, many of those recruited were doing so for mercenary reasons – to get money – in effect homosexual prostitutes; these mercenary homosexual prostitutes had to be punished;
3. Homosexuals exhibiting themselves; Africans are flabbergasted by exhibitionism of sexual acts – whether heterosexual or otherwise and for good reason. Why do you exhibit your sexual conduct? Are you short of opportunity for privacy – where you can kiss, fondle (kukirigiita, kwagaaga) etc.?
Are we interested in seeing your sexual acts – we the Public? I am not able to understand the logic of the Western Culture. However, we Africans always keep our opinions to ourselves and never seek to impose our point of view on the others. If only they could let us alone.
It was my view that the above three should be punished harshly in order to defend our society from disorientation. Therefore, on these three I was in total accord with the MPs and other Ugandans. I had, however, a problem with Category 4 or what I thought was category 4 – those “born” homosexual.
I thought there were such people – those who are either genetic or congenital homosexuals. The reason I thought so was because I could not understand why a man could fail to be attracted to the beauties of a woman and, instead, be attracted to a fellow man. It meant, according to me, that there was something wrong with that man – he was born a homosexual – abnormal.
I, therefore, thought that it would be wrong to punish somebody because of how he was created, disgusting though it may be to us. That is why I refused to sign the Bill. In order to get to the truth, we involved Uganda Scientists as well as consulting Scientists from outside Uganda.
My question to them was: “Are there people that are homosexual right from birth?”. After exhaustive studies, it has been found that homosexuality is in two categories: there are those who engage in homosexuality for mercenary reasons on account of the under – developed sectors of our economy that cause people to remain in poverty, the great opportunities that abound not withstanding; and then there are those that become homosexual by both nature (genetic) and nurture (up-bringing).
The studies that were done on identical twins in Sweden showed that 34% – 39% were homosexual on account of nature and 66% were homosexual on account of nurture.
Therefore, even in those studies, nurture was more significant than nature. Can somebody be homosexual purely by nature without nurture? The answer is: “No”. No study has shown that. Since nurture is the main cause of homosexuality, then society can do something about it to discourage the trends. That is why I have agreed to sign the Bill.
Since Western societies do not appreciate politeness, let me take this opportunity to warn our people publicly about the wrong practices indulged in and promoted by some of the outsiders.
One of them is “oral sex”. Our youth should reject this because God designed the human being most appropriately for pleasurable, sustainable and healthy sex. Some of the traditional styles are very pleasurable and healthy. The mouth is not engineered for that purpose except kissing. Besides, it is very unhealthy. People can even contract gonorrhea of the mouth and throat on account of so-called “oral sex”, not to mention worms, hepatitis E, etc.
The Ministry of Gender and Youth should de-campaign this buyayism imported from outside and sensitize the youth about the healthy life style that is abundant in our cultures.
We reject the notion that somebody can be homosexual by choice; that a man can choose to love a fellow man; that sexual orientation is a matter of choice. Since my original thesis that there may be people who are born homosexual has been disproved by science, then the homosexuals have lost the argument in Uganda.
They should rehabilitate themselves and society should assist them to do so.
Yoweri K. Museveni Gen. (Rtd)
P R E S I D E N T
24th February, 2014.
By Kazungu Chai
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the Standard Gauge railway line, he launched today, will accelerate regional economic transformation by reducing transportation costs
He said that is why Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda signed a Trilateral Agreement to expedite development of the high-speed railway connecting Mombasa to Kampala, and onwards to Kigali.
“We intend to make it operational by 2018. There is urgency, and we are committed to realize this dream,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret, urged everyone involved to keep their eyes on the finish line and the resultant benefits to Kenyans instead of politicizing the project.
The President spoke at Changamwe in Mombasa County during the ground breaking ceremony for the historic milestone project.
He termed as “misguided” rumours that the high-speed railway was meant to isolate Tanzania and undermine the East African Community. Instead, the President said plans are underway to develop a railway line that will link Tanzania via Taveta.
“We will launch the Voi-Taveta-Moshi road next month. We are also planning to rehabilitate the Mombasa-Lunga Lunga road to ease movement of people between our two countries,” President Kenyatta said.
The launch marked the commencement of the first phase of the project, comprising the Mombasa-Nairobi segment that covers 500 kilometres.
The Head of State disclosed that designs for the second phase –Nairobi to Malaba, with a branch line for Kisumu –are being developed.
He said South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has also assured that his Government will join the railway development project, extending it to Juba.
The President noted that upon completion of the standard gauge railway, transport costs in the region will reduce by more than 60 per cent.
The President said: “This in turn will spur expanded production and reduce the cost of goods and services. This dividend is the prize we seek for East Africa.”
“This is the reason why we must view the substantial investment in the railway as a worthy investment to underpin the regional economic agenda. An economy only ever thrives on the foundation of proper infrastructure,” he added.
Acknowledging the importance of the road network, the President said Kenya will continue to invest in the development of roads. He said the existing metre gauge railway system will also be retained and maintained as it will provide additional capacity in the Northern Corridor.
“Furthermore, this will offer the business community greater choice in transport, and create the competition required to keep the sector vibrant and cost-efficient,” the President said.
As East Africa embarks on an irreversible journey to full integration, the President said Kenya recognizes its position as a gateway to the region and is implementing modern seamless transport logistics to make East Africa a competitive investment destination.
He affirmed his Government’s determination to ease the transportation logistics and reduce transportation costs from the Port of Mombasa and, later, from the Port of Lamu, to all East African destinations.
“We want the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of South Sudan, the Republic of Uganda, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania to partake fully in the benefits arising from our natural vantage point,” he said.
He said Kenya’s active involvement in infrastructure initiatives is driven by the fact that a growing East African economy will increase the volume of business at the ports. The President observed that Mombasa port operations are being reorganized to improve the ‘turn-around’ time for ships and already that time has been reduced from 11 to 6 days.
The Head of State thanked President Xi Jinping of China for his personal interest and support in the railway project.
Deputy President William Ruto said the launch is an important step towards fulfilling the Jubilee Coalition’s pledge of a faster transport system that will grow the economy by double digits.
“This project will provide the single critical platform that will re-engineer our economy,” Ruto said.
He said the high speed railway will also reduce road accidents as it will decrease congestion on the country’s roads.
Mombasa County leaders, led by Governor Hassan Joho and Senator Omar Hassan, assured the President and Deputy President that they fully backed the project. They said those who were initially opposing it were doing so due to lack of information but now they have the facts and they will support it to its successful completion.
By Kobia Mwirichia–PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta today met the head of the company that will build the new Mombasa-Nairobi railway.
THE government has said Kenyans will not have three days public holiday to celebrate her Golden Jubilee.
Cabinet secretary Hassan Wario said in a statement that December 11th and 13 has not been gazetted as public holidays and therefore the two days remain as they are as the country celebrates 50 years of independence.
Wario said those going round spreading falsehood that the government has gazetted the two days as public holiday should be ignored.
Tullow Oil has announced that it has temporarily suspended all operations as a precautionary measure in Block 10BB (Ngamia 1) and Block 13T(Twiga South-1) in Northern Kenya.
After the horrific Westgate siege on September 21 that left at least 61 people dead, questions still linger on how successful the entire operation was. The government has already parted herself for a successful operation. But we are still asking many questions. Today we have 7 questions to ask the government:
PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA’S SPEECH AT THE AFRICAN UNION, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 12th OCTOBER, 2013
It gives me special pleasure to join your Excellencies at this Special Summit, where we have assembled to reflect on very significant matters relating to the welfare and destiny of our nations and peoples. I thank you for the honour of addressing you today, because as it happens, I crave my brother and sister Excellencies’ views on some issues.
We are privileged to lead the nations of a continent on the rise. Africa rests at the centre of global focus as the continent of the future. Although we have been relentlessly exploited in the past, we remain with sufficient resources to invest in a prosperous future.
Whilst we have been divided and incited against one another before, we are now united and more peaceful. Even as we grapple with a few regional conflicts, as Africans, we are taking proactive measures to ensure that all our people move together in the journey to prosperity in a peaceful home.
Even though we were dominated and controlled by imperialists and colonial interests in years gone by, we are now proud, independent and sovereign nations and people. We are looking to the future with hope, marching towards the horizon with confidence and working in unity. This is the self evident promise that Africa holds for its people today.
Rise in neocolonialism
As leaders, we are the heirs of freedom fighters, and our founding fathers. These liberation heroes founded the Organisation of African Unity, which was dedicated to the eradication of ALL FORMS OF COLONIALSM.
Towards this end, the OAU defended the interests of independent nations and helped the cause of those that were still colonised.
It sought to prevent member states from being controlled once again by outsider powers. The founding fathers of African Unity were conscious that structural colonialism takes many forms, some blatant and extreme, like apartheid, while others are subtler and deceptively innocuous, like some forms of development assistance. It has been necessary, therefore, for African
leaders to constantly watch out against threats to our peoples’ sovereignty and unity.
In our generation, we have honoured our fathers’ legacies by guaranteeing that through the African Union, our countries and our people shall achieve greater unity, and that the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our States shall not be trifled with. More than ever, our destiny is in our hands. Yet at the same time, more than ever, it is imperative for us to be vigilant against the persistent machinations of outsiders who desire to control that destiny. We know what this does to our nations and people: subjugation and suffering.
The philosophies, ideologies, structures and institutions that visited misery upon millions for centuries ultimately harm their perpetrators.
Thus the imperial exploiter crashes into the pits of penury. The arrogant world police is crippled by shambolic domestic dysfunction. These are the spectacles of Western decline we are witnessing today.
West envious of Africa’s progress
At the same time, other nations and continents rise and prosper. Africa and Asia continue to thrive, with their promise growing every passing day. As our strength multiplies, and our unity gets deeper, those who want to control and exploit us become more desperate. Therefore, they abuse whatever power remains in their control.
The Swahili people say that one ascending a ladder cannot hold hands with one descending. The force of gravity will be compounded and the one going up only loses. The International Criminal Court was mandated to accomplish these objectives by bringing to justice those criminal perpetrators who bear greatest responsibility for crimes.
Looking at the world in the past, at that time and even now, it was clear that there have always been instances of unconscionable impunity and atrocity that demand a concerted international response, and that there are vulnerable, helpless victims of these crimes who require justice as a matter of right. This is the understanding, and the expectation of most signatories to the Rome Statute.
The West has refused to ratify Rome Statute: ICC African court
The most active global powers of the time declined to ratify the Treaty, or withdrew somewhere along the way, citing several compelling grounds. The British foreign secretary Robin Cook said at the time, that the International Criminal Court was not set up to bring to book Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom or Presidents of the United States. Had someone other than a Western leader said those fateful words, the word ‘impunity’ would have been thrown at them with an emphatic alacrity.
An American senator serving on the foreign relations committee echoed the British sentiments and said, “Our concern is that this is a court that is irreparably flawed, that is created with an independent prosecutor, with no checks and balances on his power, answerable to no state institution, and that this court is going to be used for politicized prosecutions.”
The understanding of the States which subscribed to the Treaty in good faith was two-fold.
First, that world powers were hesitant to a process that might make them accountable for such spectacularly criminal international adventures as the wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and other places, and such hideous enterprises as renditions and torture. Such states did not, therefore, consider such warnings as applicable to pacific and friendly parties.
Secondly, it was the understanding of good-faith subscribers that the ICC would administer and secure justice in a fair, impartial and independent manner and, as an international court, bring accountability to situations and perpetrators everywhere in the world. As well, it was hoped that the ICC would set the highest standards of justice and judicial processes.
As has been demonstrated quite thoroughly over the past decade, the good-faith subscribers had fallen prey to their high-mindedness and idealism. I do not need to tell your Excellencies about the nightmare my country in particular, and myself and my Deputy as individuals, have had to endure in making this realisation.
Western powers use ICC to coerce Kenya
Western powers are the key drivers of the ICC process. They have used prosecutions as ruses and bait to pressure Kenyan leadership into adopting, or renouncing various positions.
Close to 70% of the Court’s annual budget is funded by the European Union. The threat of prosecution usually suffices to have pliant countries execute policies favourable to these countries. Through it, regime-change sleights of hand have been attempted in Africa. A number of them have succeeded.
The Office of the Prosecutor made certain categorical pronouncements regarding eligibility for leadership of candidates in Kenya’s last general election. Only a fortnight ago, the Prosecutor
proposed undemocratic and unconstitutional adjustments to the Kenyan Presidency.
These interventions go beyond interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign State. They constitute a fetid insult to Kenya and Africa. African sovereignty means nothing to the ICC and its patrons.
Kenyans threatened by ICC Prosecutor ,US and EU not to vote for Uhuru,Ruto
They also dovetail altogether too conveniently with the warnings given to Kenyans just before the last elections: choices have consequences. This chorus was led by the USA, Britain, EU, and certain eminent persons in global affairs. It was a threat made to Kenyans against electing my Government.
My Government’s decisive election must be seen as a categorical rebuke by the people of Kenya of those who wished to interfere with our internal affairs and infringe our sovereignty. Now Kenya has undergone numerous problems since its birth as a Republic 50 years ago.
Yet over the same period, Kenya has also made tremendous progress. It is the same in all countries of Africa. At our Golden Jubilee, we look forward to a rebirth characterising the next 50 years, not a ceaseless harkening to our history.
I must make the point that we do not intend to forget, or discount the value of our history. Rather, we do want to learn from it, not live in it.
As Kenya’s President, it gives me a feeling of deep and lasting pride to know that I can count on the African Union to listen and help in trying times. Africa has always stood by our side. When we faced violent disagreements over the 2007 election result, my distinguished predecessor, Mwai Kibaki came to you with a request for help, and you did not stint.
You instituted a high-level team of Eminent Persons who came to our assistance. Because of that, we were able to summon the confidence to speak to each other and agree. As a result, we put in place a 4-point plan, which not only put Kenya back on track, but formed the basis of the most rapid political, legal and social reform ever witnessed in our country.
Through it, we successfully mediated the dispute surrounding the 2007 election and pacified the country. A power-sharing coalition was formed with a mandate to undertake far-reaching measures to prevent future violent disputes, entrench the rule of law, prevent abuses of legal power and entrench equity in our body politic while also securing justice for the victims of the post-election violence.
We enacted a new, progressive constitution which instituted Devolution of power and resources, strengthened the protection of fundamental rights, and enhanced institutional and political checks and balances. It also provided the legal foundation for the national economic transformation roadmap, Vision
The project of national transformation presently underway in Kenya was given tremendous impetus by your Excellencies’ needful intervention. On the basis of this constitution we have instituted legislation and established institutions to realise the people’s basic rights, ensure transparency and accountability and protect the popular sovereignty of Kenyans. A new Judiciary and electoral commission have ensured that we have credible elections and dispute resolution.
The people of Ethiopia warn against the deplorable presumption of chopping up meat for a lion; I cannot teach you your work, nor force you to accept my position. Please institute a mechanism to empirically verify what I have told you. My part is to thank you on behalf of the people of Kenya for your help.
After the successful mediation of the post-election controversy in 2008, there was disagreement over the best way to bring the perpetrators of post-election violence to account and secure justice for the victims.
One proposal was to set up a local tribunal to try the cases, while another was to refer the matter to the ICC. The Mediator (Kofi Annan) who had been appointed by your Excellencies referred the matter to the ICC when the disagreement persisted.
On the basis of this referral, the Prosecutor(Moreno Ocampo) stated that he had launched investigations which, he claimed, established that 6 persons had committed crimes against humanity. According to the Prosecutor, your Excellencies, I fall among those men.
From the beginning of the cases, I have fully cooperated with the Court in the earnest expectation that it afforded the best opportunity for me to clear my name. I have attended court whenever required and complied with every requirement made of me in connection with my case.
Other Kenyans charged before that court have similarly cooperated fully. The Government has cooperated to the maximum; the Court itself found that Kenya’s Government has fully complied in 33 out of 37 instances, and was only prevented from cooperating 100% by legal and constitutional constraints.
After my election, we have continued to fully cooperate. As earlier stated, we see it as the only means to achieve personal vindication, but also to protect our country from prejudice. As I address your
Excellencies, my deputy is sitting – in person – in that Court. Proceedings continue revealing the evidence against us to be reckless figments and fabrications every passing day. I cannot narrate quite accurately the calculated humiliation and stigma the prosecution has inflicted on us at every turn, within and outside the proceedings. It is
all consistent with a political agenda, rather than a quest for justice.
For 5 years I have strained to cooperate fully, and have consistently beseeched the Court to expedite the cases.
Yet the gratuitous libel and prejudice I have encountered at the instance of the Prosecution seeks to present me as a fugitive from justice who is guilty as charged. All I have requested as President is to be allowed to execute my constitutional obligations as the forensic side of things is handled by my lawyers.
Even as we maintain our innocence, it has always been my position, shared by my deputy, that the events of 2007 represented the worst embarrassment to us as a nation, and a shock to our self-belief.
We almost commenced the rapid descent down the precipitous slope of destruction and anarchy. Its aftermath was similarly an unbearable shame. We are a people who properly take pride in our achievements and our journey as a nation. The fact that over that time we had lost direction, however briefly, was traumatising.
That is the genesis of our rebirth. Until our ascension to the Presidency of Kenya, thousands of internally-displaced persons remained in camps.
It is generally difficult to resettle many people owing to scarcity of land and sensitivity to their preference. But we have undertaken to ensure that no Kenyan will be left behind in our journey to progress.
Resettling the IDP therefore was a particularly urgent assignment for us. Within 6 months of assuming office, we resettled all of them, and closed the displacement camps for good. Our efforts at pacifying the main protagonists in the PEV have similarly borne fruit.
So much so, that the reconciliation efforts gave birth to a successful political movement which won the last general election. This not only speaks to the success of
reconciliation, but also testifies to its popular endorsement by the
majority of the people of Kenya.
We certainly do not bear responsibility at any level for the post-election
violence of 2007, but as leaders, we felt it incumbent upon us to bear
responsibility for reconciliation and leadership of peace. Our Government
wants to lead Kenya to prosperity founded on national stability and
security. Peace is indispensable to this aspiration. Reconciliation,
therefore was not merely good politics; it is key to everything we want to
achieve as a Government.
America and Britain do not have to worry about accountability for
international crimes. Although certain norms of international law are
deemed peremptory, this only applies to non-Western states. Otherwise,
they are inert. It is this double standard and the overt politicisation of
the ICC that should be of concern to us here today. It is the fact that
this court performs on the cue of European and American governments
against the sovereignty of African States and peoples that should outrage
us. People have termed this situation “race-hunting”. I find great
difficulty adjudging them wrong.
What is the fate of International Justice? I daresay that it has lost
support owing to the subversive machinations of its key proponents.
Cynicism has no place in justice. Yet it takes no mean amount of selfish
and malevolent calculation to mutate a quest for accountability on the
basis of truth, into a hunger for dramatic sacrifices to advance
geopolitical ends. The ICC has been reduced into a painfully farcical
pantomime, a travesty that adds insult to the injury of victims. It
stopped being the home of justice the day it became the toy of declining
This is the circumstance which today compels us to agree with the reasons
US, China, Israel, India and other non-signatory States hold for
abstaining from the Rome Treaty. In particular, the very accurate
observations of John R Bolton who said, “For numerous reasons, the United
States decided that the ICC had unacceptable consequences for our national
sovereignty. Specifically, the ICC is an organization that runs contrary
to fundamental American precepts and basic constitutional principles of
popular sovereignty, checks and balances and national independence.”
Our mandate as AU, and as individual African States is to protect our own
and each other’s independence and sovereignty. The USA and other nations
abstained out of fear. Our misgivings are born of bitter experience.
Africa is not a third-rate territory of second-class peoples. We are not a
project, or experiment of outsiders. It was always impossible for us to
uncritically internalise notions of justice implanted through that most
unjust of institutions: colonialism. The West sees no irony in preaching
justice to a people they have disenfranchised, exploited, taxed and
Our history serves us well: we must distrust the blandishments of those
who have drunk out of the poisoned fountain of imperialism.
The spirit of African pride and sovereignty has withstood centuries of
severe tribulation. I invoke that spirit of freedom and unity today before
you. It is a spirit with a voice that rings through all generations of
human history. It is the eternal voice of a majestic spirit which will
Kenya is striving mightily, and wants to work with its neighbours and
friends everywhere to attain a better home, region and world. Kenya seeks
to be treated with dignity as a proud member of the community of nations
which has contributed immensely, with limited resources, to the
achievement of peace, security and multilateralism.
Kenya looks to her friends in time of need. We come to you to vindicate
our independence and sovereignty. Our unity is not a lie. The African
Union is not an illusion.
The philosophy of divide-and rule, which worked against us all those years
before, cannot shackle us to the ground in our Season of Renaissance. Our
individual and collective sovereignty requires us to take charge of our
destiny, and fashion African solutions to African problems.
It will be disingenuous, Excellencies, to pretend that there is no
concern, if not outrage, over the manner in which ICC has handled not just
the Kenyan, but all cases before it. All the cases currently before it
arise from Africa.
Yet Africa is not the only continent where international crimes are being
committed. Out of over 30 cases before the court, NONE relates to a
situation outside Africa. All the people indicted before that court, ever
since its founding have been Africans.
Every plea we have made to be heard before that court has landed upon deaf
ears. When Your Excellencies’ resolution was communicated to the Court
through a letter to its president, it was dismissed as not being properly
before the Court and therefore ineligible for consideration.
When a civil society organisation wrote a letter bearing sensational and
prejudicial fabrications, the Court took urgent and substantial decisions
based on it. Before the ICC, African sovereign nations’ resolutions are
NOTHING compared with the opinions of civil society activists. The AU is
the bastion of African sovereignty, and the vanguard of our unity. Yet the
ICC deems it altogether unworthy of the minutest consideration.
Presidents Kikwete, Museveni, Jonathan and Zuma have pronounced themselves
on the court’s insensitivity, arrogance and disrespect. Leaders in my
country have escalated their anxiety to the national Parliament, where a
legislative process to withdraw altogether from the Rome Treaty is under
consideration. As I said, it would not be right to ignore the fact that
concern over the conduct of the ICC is strong and widespread.
There is very little that remains for me to say about the slights that the
ICC continue to visit upon the nations and people of Africa. We want to
believe in due process before the ICC, but where is it being demonstrated?
We want to see the ICC as fair and even-handed throughout the world, but
what can we do when everyone but Africa is exempt from accountability? We
would love nothing more than to have an international forum for justice
and accountability, but what choice do we have when we get only bias and
race-hunting at the ICC? Isn’t respect part of justice? Aren’t our
sovereign institutions worthy of deference within the framework of
international law? If so, what justice can be rendered by a court which
disregards our views?
Our mandate is clear: sovereignty and unity. This is the forum for us to
unite and categorically vindicate our sovereignty.
Excellencies, I turn to you trusting that we will be faithful to our
charge, to each other, and to our people. I have utmost confidence that
this Assembly’s voice will be clear to the entire world. Like other
African countries, Kenya did not achieve its independence with ease. Blood
was shed for it.
I thank you. God Bless you. God Bless Africa