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A message for African leaders

Late last week,POTUS paid a visit to two countries in Africa,that is Kenya and Ethiopia and it was indeed  the most awaited moment.So as he delivered his speech,it was obvious that he had a message to African leaders concerning their view when it comes power.One thing that came out too well was the fact that he does not see  it cool for anyone who wishes to be a president forever  and especially if he was rich.He went ahead and said that such leaders are only there for their own selfish gains.

But then this is something that most African leaders reckon with since it seems like being the holder of the top most position is like a big time business whereby free to do anything even if its unconstitutional.There a few countries where civil wars have been experienced due to the sitting president wanting to continue clinching in power  even when it’s not anyones wish.

The  leaders should view the message put across with the seriousness it deserves and make it their responsibility to effect positive changes for the good of their respective countries.They should make it now by seeing to it that even when they leave office,they will have a legacy that will make people not forget their regime in power.It is not easy being a  national leader but even with political challenges,one can still deliver and thus make positive accomplishments.

He also felt that there was time for everything with him reminding the opposition that the government  in place ought to  be respected.This is to the fact  that it was duly voted in by the people who gave it the  mandate of being in office.

Change is what African leaders need and at the same time be ready to head their countries with lots of integrity and allow the constitution to be their guide.

The ICC Issue: Critical Decision To The Country Should Not Be Politicized

English: The building of the International Cri...

The building of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the 29th of January,that was on Thursday last week my country’s President left the country to Ethiopia where he was expected to attend a two-day Africa Union(AU) heads of state and government summit.This was a summit bringing together African countries with the main agenda being the ICC(International Criminal Court).

The ICC is an international tribunal located in the Hague,Netherlands and is mandated to prosecute international individuals of crimes against humanity and violence crimes.Such individuals may be referred to this court by their respective countries as suspects of the crimes committed.

In relation to the ICC,my country’s president was accused of financing and fueling violence after the disputed 2007 general elections.What happened thousands of people were killed and scores others left homeless after their homes were burned down.But sometimes last year,his case was withdrawn given the state of evidence in the case.

In regards to this court,Kenya has been calling for it’s thorough examination to establish if it should really be mandated to deal with Africa’s political injustices.In fact there has been calls from MPs affiliated to the ruling coalition supporting Kenya’s withdrawal from the court terming it as  a ‘kangaroo court‘. They have said that they have no trust in the court.

But I think as much as African leaders feel that they should be left alone to solve their own problems,this court is of some significance to African countries.Corruption has been the key hindrance to development these countries and so this is one reason why they cannot be trusted to form their own legal network.

Like for my country Kenya,withdrawal from the ICC court is a very crucial decision to the country as a whole and so I think it should not be one person’s decision.I think as the citizens of this country,we should also be given an opportunity in having a say here.May be we should be allowed to vote just like it happened for the new constitution.