Monday, 11 March 2013 23:08Dear Fatou,
Chasing Uhuru Kenyatta is a waste of time!
(JollofMail) – Greetings, and in African tradition, I inquire after and wish all your family well. In that wish I include your relative and namesake Mr Bensouda, the owner of the top hotel in The Gambia, the truly 7-Star Coconut Residence.
I understand that Mr Bensouda is now recuperating in Germany after an attempt on his life back home. It was from a younger Bensouda working in the same hotel that I bought the little Suzuki Jeep back in 2003. It was also in 2003 that Justice Hassan B. Jallow, the Chief Prosecutor for Rwanda based in Arusha, introduced me to you in your little Banjul office when I made a Deed of Trust transferring my Gambian home to the ownership of my Gambian son (of course, we both also worked for Gambia’s long-serving President – but that is another story!)
I met Uhuru Kenyatta in 1968 when he was only six years old and I was twelve and my school’s band had gone to Gatundu to entertain Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta at home on a Sunday afternoon.
Afterwards, the Elder Kenyatta jokingly chased our school-master, the ex-Mau Mau who still runs the place in 2013, around with a stick (to our delight!) and then took a photo with us – a photo which still hangs on the wall of the school office. The school was proud to show it to me when I visited.
The point I am making that the Kenyatta name (like the Nkrumah name, like the Haile Selassie name, like the Mandela name, like the Mugabe name) has a special resonance across Africa. Trying to prosecute a son of Jomo Kenyatta on flimsy evidence is like trying to prosecute a son of Kwame Nkrumah, a son of Haile Selassie or a son of Nelson Mandela on flimsy evidence.
These are not some upstart coupists and rebels - like Charles Taylor and Foday Sankoh to name just two. These are names that resonate across Africa. They ring of Freedom, Liberation and Nationhood. They blazed the way for African Freedom – fighting European Colonialism. I do not wish to give a history lesson but the name Kenyatta is synonymous with Mau Mau and the war for liberation; it is synonymous with the 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester when Kenyatta, Haile Selassie and George Padmore hugged and cried for African freedom; it is synonymous with African solidarity because Haile Selassie regained Ethiopia and then opened the border with Kenya so that the Mau Mau fighting the British can seek safety in Ethiopia when needed – and smuggle weapons to Dedan Kimath and others in the forests of Mount Kenya.
When at Kenya’s Independence Celebrations in 1963 Somali rebels would not allow the new Kenyan flag to be raised in Northern Kenya, the Ethiopian army came through my village to ensure the Kenyan flag was raised. Need I add that it is also synonymous with African Unity because Nkrumah, Kenyatta and others then converge in Addis Ababa to set up the Organisation of African Unity?
It is therefore shocking that the West and their tool the ICC have the audacity to attempt to put Uhuru Kenyatta in the dock on flimsy grounds that have today seen the ICC drop similar charges against one of Kenyatta’s co-accused – charges dropped for lack of evidence! I do not like at all your insinuations about “witness being killed”.
I suggest you would do better to try and find out why senior British Government Scientist Dr Kelly was killed (sorry, “committed suicide”!) when the Inquiry into Tony Blair’s Iraq War began here in UK. The question that Africa will always ask the ICC is this: why have Tony Blair and George Bush never been indicted by the ICC?
It is with great pleasure I note that exactly 50 years after Kenya’s Independence, Kenyan electors have given a slap in the face to the ICC and Western Double-Standards. I assure you that many voters who sympathised with Raila Odinga and would have wished him to have a go at the Presidency at the age of 68 only voted for Uhuru Kenyatta in defiance of the ICC and Western diplomats who had “warned” of the “difficulties” a Kenyatta presidency would bring.
One of Kenya’s practicing leading lawyers, a former chairman of the Law Society of Kenya made exactly the same point as I am making here in Nairobi’s Daily Nation newspaper – as did the US Time Magazine (now Time Inc.). But let’s return to Blair, Bush and the Double-Standards.
Exactly ten years ago last month, a month before Tony Blair and George Bush led a criminal crusade against Iraq, I wrote an article that was front-page headline in the Gambian Observer, the Harare Herald and the Addis Herald. It was entitled World Against War and you may have read it in your Banjul office. The key point made in that article is that the claim of weapons of mass destruction possessed by Saddam was a lie.
This week, the British Media and the US Media have written more about how the Bush/Blair Wars that have turned out to be a disaster were just that: Bush’s and Blair’s Wars with no legal justification whatsoever and based on lies. Every time Africans hear about the ICC the same questions will be raised: what about Blair and Bush? What about Israel and Gaza? What about Obama and his Drone War in Pakistan? When will the ICC go after the non-African sitting presidents?
These are questions to which, Fatou, you have no answer – because the West funds you and pulls the strings. That being so, my advise to you is to stop wasting your time chasing Uhuru Kenyatta. Sitting here at my computer in London, I can absolutely guarantee you that Uhuru Kenyatta will never see the inside of the ICC Court at the Hague. Guaranteed. Your statements to the contrary, are, as our judges hear sometimes put it, just “ventilation”.
On a final note, I enjoyed your Aljazeera Interview last year and your generous no-comments about our mutual friend, The Gambia’s President, His Excellency Alhaji Professor Doctor Sheikh Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. You were right, charity does begin at home – and I just ask you to extend the same charity to Uhuru Kenyatta, the elected President of Kenya, the choice of the Kenyan people.
Until we meet again in the Smiling Coast – or, more likely, in the Swahili Coast – it is:
Kwaheri, Chi Jaama, Gambia No Problem, Kenya Hakuna Matata.
Written by Dida Halake, London UK.
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