Posted by: Family Media | November 26, 2010

What next?

Parliament dealt a blow last evening as it failed to meet the set November 27th deadline for the implementation committee to be set up.

What this basically means is, according to the LSK chair, that the country has been plunged into a constitutional crisis.

What next? The citizens played their role in through the ballot, the principle forwarded the names to parliament but parliament did not make the 90 day deadline.

Is the issue of the constitution being politicized?

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The country’s main political parties, ODM and PNU, at one point seemed to differ as to who should be the Chair and Vice-chair of the Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee of the new constitution. After a series of meetings, they were able to meet over the weekend and agreed that Abdikadir Mohammed should be Chair and Millie Odhiambo his Vice.

Later the Vice held a press conference and announces that the implementation process would delay. But they have time to attend retreats as they discuss the way forward. Will this retreat be on of those that politicians just for allowance purpose? Do you trust the process of implementation of the new constitution? And as an individual, do you have a role to play in the implementation process?

Posted by: Family Media | September 29, 2010

Is the Government backstabbing the ICC or will it keep to its word?

Will the government of Kenya backtrack on its promise to cooperate with the ICC? Will they surrender the documents being sought by the international court to facilitate investigations? And will they hand over the suspects when that time come?
After the post 2007/08 violence, the government vowed to ensure that justice prevails. It promised to cut down on impunity and ensure the main culprits face the law at the end of the day. How will they do this, is it through the ICC. The idea was welcomed by an entertaining majority.

As a matter of fact, they even came up with a slogan ‘Don’t be Vague, go to The Hague’.
It seemed like a new dawn for the country. For the first time in the country’s history, powerful government officials would be held responsible for their actions. The ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo promised to make Kenya an example.

But as the clock ticks, we are seeing government officials jump boat, reading from different scripts and saying that, under the New Constitution, Kenya has got the power to handle post-election violence suspects and that the ICC should withdraw the case.
So a number of questions come into mind. After promising to cooperate with the ICC, the government is falling back on its word? Or will it keep to its word?

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