Kenya’s Jubilee Hangover
Torn Between Domestic Turmoil and International Affairs
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung | 2014
Regardless of the outcomes of the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases against Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and the deputy president, William Ruto, the procedures have already negatively shaped relations between the ICC and African states. The politics of the cases jeopardise focusing on the atrocities and tremendous suffering the victims experienced after the disputed 2007 presidential elections. The anti-Western rhetoric framing the ICC cases as neo-colonialism reveals the longlasting effects of a destructive colonial past, legacy of mistrust, and on-going identity construction within the international community. While the eyes of the international community focus on Kenya’s systemic insecurity and counter-terrorism efforts, the country’s democracy faces a steady decline. The National Assembly has passed a number of repressive bills. Critical journalists and human rights defenders face intimidation and harassment. Long-awaited and necessary reforms are stalled due to a lack of political will.