The Star (Nairobi)

4 July 2014

Kenya: Sarkozy Investigation Is Example for Africa

editorial

FORMER French President Nicolas Sarkozy was detained earlier this week and is being questioned by detectives over suspected influence peddling.

Sarkozy is the centre-right's candidate for the next election due in 2017.

He is being investigated on allegations that a judge worked for him as an informant, while he was president, in a case that concerns him personally in France's highest court.

The judge kept him informed of proceedings and tried to influence the outcome of an important judicial decision, concerning Sarkozy's diaries held in regard to another investigation,

Meanwhile the African Union has adopted a resolution granting sitting presidents immunity from prosecution at the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.

This decision was made not by citizens or jurists but by political leaders at the AU Summit in Equatorial Guinea on June 26.

Many ordinary Africans will want to know what arrangements, if any, are in place, or pending, to go after their errant presidents when they finally retire and are no longer 'sitting'.

They will be watching the Sarkozy case closely for comparative reasons and hoping that the AU Court is not enshrining impunity by protecting sitting presidents. We still must aspire to the accountability we see in other democracies.

Quote of the day: "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." - Third American President Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826

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