The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Western Conspiracy Is Purely Imaginary

editorial

YESTERDAY Foreign Affairs Prof Sam Ongeri warned foreign envoys to refrain from making alarming statements about the March 4 elections.

Ambassadors have merely pointed out that 'choices have consequences' and advised that the international community cannot meet ICC indictees.

Therefore if Uhuru and Ruto are elected president and deputy, they will be shunned by most nations. And if they don't turn up for their trial at the Hague, Kenya will face crippling economic sanctions.

This is objectively alarming, whether Ongeri likes it or not. The diplomats are right to point it out. The diplomats have been warning against this for the last three years.

The diplomats pushed hard for a local tribunal, not because they believed that a Kenyan court was better but because they anticipated the future problems if the ICC pursued top politicians.

However the Kenyan MPs insisted 'don't be vague, go to the Hague' and rejected the local tribunal bill. Now there is a massive mess, caused by Kenyans themselves.

The diplomats did not want this: it makes their lives more difficult and puts at risk foreign investments in Kenya. There is no Western conspiracy against Uhuru and Ruto. The diplomats wanted the ICC trials no more than Uhuru and Ruto do.

Quote of the day: "I ground my faith upon God's word, and not upon the church." - Lady Jane Grey, queen of England for nine days, was beheaded on February 12, 1554

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