It's been a long time coming, the build up has been immense but finally it looks like the end is in sight. I am rubbing my hands together with glee. On 15th December Luis Moreno-Ocampo, ICC prosecutor, will publicly name the six suspects on his secret list, summoning those deemed most responsible for masterminding post election violence in December 2007, to trial at The Hague.
Over the past week or so, there's been a panic in Parliament which is amusing to read about since, normally so assured of their absolute impunity, we are not used to seeing the country leaders having their feathers ruffled. (the new Kenya Anti-Corruption chief, Lumumba, has been doing his best recently though!)
For instance, I heard on the radio this week that various MPs tried to table a motion to state that the ICC is not to recognised by Kenya, and has no jurisdiction here (x55 supported it, the same ones who had voted for external ICC investigations into post-election violence). There's also been mud slinging. William Ruto, 2012 hopeful, has outlandishly accused Moreno-Ocampo of manipulating the criminal process in order to scupper the chances of particular candidates who are lined up for running in Kenya's 2012 election. Ocampo's response; he 'can't concern himself' with possible implications the charges might have on Kenya's 2012 election. Well said. He wishes to take a stand against the culture of impunity in Kenya, hopefully making setting an example to the rest of the beleaguered continent.
In an equally paranoid slur, Attorney General Amos Wako said that the USA's sponsoring of youth programs in the country (USA are one of many youth sponsors along with World Bank/EU etc) -is an elaborate plot to get Kenya's empowered youth to stage a coup and topple the Government.
Roll on the 15th anyway. I'd like a ringside seat.
In the meantime, Wikileaks is causing havoc in diplomatic relations worldwide but particularly between US (ambassador to Kenya - Michael Ranneberger) and Kenya's government leaders. Plenty of blushes on the US side and a few home truths spilled for Kibaki and Raila Odinga to chew over at leisure.