It is now official – the U.S. State Department has been debriefed about this last misguided round of ‘shuttle diplomacy’ around East African Countries by Uhuru Kenyatta…coming on the heels of ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s recent visit to Nairobi. This is from an anonymous but unimpeachable source.
This deception tour attempts to fool the regional heads of State that most if not all Kenyan parties (including ODM) have endorsed Uhuru Kenyatta’s regional forrays; by precisely parading the latter’s recent carpetbagging acquisitions (Narc-K’s Charity Ngilu, New Ford-K’s Eugene Wamalwa, ODM’s- Najib Balala, Ford-K’s Musikari Kombo, ODM-K’s Kiema Kilonzo and URP’s Chirau Mwakwere).
It is an attempt to misrepresent the opinion of Kenyan people – a majority who still support the ICC process.
At the backdrop of this attempt to fool our neighbours is a secret plan to sabotage ICC’s efforts to reach Uhuru’s assets strewn across East Africa. This is yet another batch of Kenyan taxpayer funds being wasted in trips whose sole purpose are to guarantee safety of Kenyatta family assets away from the reach of ICC’s Victims Trust Fund (VTF).
Kibaki’s State House and Office of the President has pre-negotiated full State Protocol for these visits and deception talks (as Phil alludes in another thread). Impunity-supporting politicians are being feted at taxpayer expense to accompany Uhuru Kenyatta on this personal mission to thumb ICC in the eye. It is a clear this is an effort to undermine the authority of ICC’s asset seizure and forfeiture process.
It is an open secret Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai has refused to fully cooperate with the OTP (Bensouda) regarding disclosure of assets of accused persons like Uhuru Kenyatta. As Githu Muigai foot-drags and stonewalls the asset identification process (in readiness for anticipated seizure and forfeiture), a battery of local and international lawyers have been simultaneously engaged (by the Kenyatta family) in a concealment and detachment process – whereby Uhuru’s assets within the Kenyatta estate are being systematically transferred and delinked from the ICC-accused politician.
Kenyatta business interests span through Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda ( media and publishing; banking and finance; milk production and distribution; timber production and supply; motor vehicle importation and supply; hotel and resorts; education facilities; and investments in energy).
For optics, Kibaki and State House have choreographed this trip as a promotional tour to affirm Kenya’s ‘national sovereignty’ as we head to the next elections. What begs question is – why is such responsibility (if it was indeed necessary) bestowed on a partisan contender in the said elections? Particularly one who is concurrently facing serious charges at the ICC and who owns vast investments in these countries? Kenyatta is not Kenya’s head of State…he is neither the Foreign Minister, nor the Regional Cooperation Minister. Uhuru is simply deploying Kenyan State resources to hoodwink neighbouring heads of state while negotiating security for his assets in those countries.
While it is the sole business of Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to respectively chose their own bilateral engagements with the ICC; East African citizens can quickly spot impunity being exported from Gatundu to the rest of the region. It is an act of gross recklessness for an ICC-accused criminal to trigger unnecessary regional unrest when called to answer to questions of justice. Uhuru Kenyatta should quietly cooperate with the ICC and stop destabilizing the entire East Africa.
Such trips with potential of expanding regional unrest (essentially exporting impunity and Gadhaffi-like-belligerence around East Africa) are attracting a lot of international attention which WILL certainly NOT help Uhuru Kenyatta’s cause. He is in fact affirming how reckless he can indeed be when bestowed with power. Whoever misadvised Uhuru Kenyatta to recklessly engage in these futile games is his worst enemy. Watch this space!