Foreign Policy Embarrassment: Kenya Negotiates With Terrorists, Sometimes

It’s no secret that Kenya has become the laughing stock of the East and Central African region. We are that country that has no clue on how to build, maintain and restore its national image abroad in addition to being ambivalent where issues of national sovereignty are concerned.

The latest case is the government taking sides with a war criminal against both international and national laws.

But let’s rewind back a bit:

A few months back, during a spell of severe drought which resulted in the #feedKE campaign, there still were Cabinet Ministers openly blaming relief agencies and media organisations for blowing things out of proportion while pictures of emaciated women and children were beamed to the entire world. Prior to and during the confirmation hearings of the Ocampo Six, our government tacitly encouraged its senior officials to continue displaying their ignorance by accusing the ICC of having a political agenda and attempting to subvert an international instrument that we have signed and ratified. In that connection, let’s not forget how a certain Vice President went on two rounds of “Shuttle Diplomacy” to try and stop the ICC cases from proceeding at the Hague only to end up embarassing our country in the eyes of the world.

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Daily Dozen: 17/01

What have you done for your country? [DN]
Kenya no longer asleep, the chickens will come home to roost very soon [EAS]
Will Zuma never learn? [M&G]
Tunisia’s Revolution: Watching and waiting. [Economist]
I’ll say this much: Silvio Berlusconi has WAY better taste in women than Bill Clinton [Newsweek]
Nigeria’s Promise, Africa’s Hope [Chinua Achebe]
CSI South Africa: Apartheid’s last murder mystery [Independent]
Roots of Bitterness in a Region Threaten Sudan’s Future [NYT]
Is Mandela dying? [News24]
Doing business the pirate way [BBC]
Should American Women be allowed to serve in combat? [CNN]
Wikipedia’s 10th Anniversary: 10 Unforgettable Entries [TIME]

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The Raila Odinga Show

As the local cameras canvased every face on the stage and the international lens stayed focused on Bashir, all Kenyans in attendance were watching one man.

It makes a statement when your entrance causes noticeably more cheer than that of the President of a nation. Say what you will about Raila Odinga, the people love him and swear by his every word. Continue reading