6 February 2013

Kenya: Will ICC Join List of Banned Topics?

Photo: Mirjam van den Berg/RNW
The ICC building at The Hague, Netherlands.


Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo yesterday warned politicians not to use land as a campaign tool.

He said the subject of land ownership is highly emotive and contributed to the post-election violence in 2007/8.

On Monday National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia advised politicians not bring up the land issue as "historical injustices" could not easily be resolved.

We are treading a dangerous path here that comes close to censorship.

Definitely land disputes have contributed to election violence in the past. But land is an important issue. All the party manifestos contain proposals on land. How can they not be discussed?

And if there is going to be violence, it will be most likely be in early April when Uhuru and Ruto have to travel to the Hague. Their supporters will be angry believing that they are unfairly being locked out of power.

Yet the ICC is a big issue as well. If Uhuru and Ruto refuse to go, Kenya will face economic sanctions that could have catastrophic consequences.

The ICC is also an important but highly emotive issue. Are Kimaiyo and Kibunjia now going to advise that we should not discuss the implications of the ICC?

Quote of the day: "Accursed be he that first invented war." - Dramatist Christopher Marlowe (Dr Faustus) was born on February 6, 1564

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