Saturday, February 19, 2011
With the naming of six prominent government officials (in different capacities) as key suspects responsible for the post election violence in 2007/8, the ICC finds itself encapsulated in our government’s idea of justice. Now, the basic breakdown of how a contractual/consultant task works is simple:
1. You come in, get familiar with the environment and start working on your allotted task with specific goals in mind.
2. You find results and you share these results
3. You follow through on these results
4. You’re evaluated based on your performance
The reasoning behind this breakdown is to illustrate clearly that the ICC did in fact come in and do their job! It is however very pertinent to mention that whether or not their results (finding the named six suspects) are accurate is quite irrelevant to this particular issue raised in this post.
Keeping in mind the above, the World Politics Review quotes 85% of Kenyans as being in support of the ICC process with the reasoning that our country is one with a deep-rooted culture of impunity (definition being “exempt from punishment or loss) which has led many of the citizens to give up on domestic justice to deal with those responsible for the violence. (Now, if this does not scream SHAME, I don’t know what does!)
The point I’m trying to make here is simple. Every media outlet is on top of the ICC saga with respect to our president’s wants, the PM’S wants, and the government officials’ wants (and these wants by the way, are to defer Kenya from the ICC because they did their job!) but here this article is clearly stating that 85% of Kenya’s citizens were on board with the process. Are these people really working for us or are we a disposable resource they used and continue to use to get to the top? Are we really a voiceless people?