#Uhuruto: Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm Might Be Closed Down
Since the promulgation of ICC suspect Uhuru Kenyatta and his co-accused, William Ruto as President and Vice President respectively, not many foreign governments have congratulated the two suspected criminals. It is the first time in history that ICC indictees wanted for crimes against humanity have rigged an election with the help of conspirators within the State and come to power under the very nose of its people.
The failure of many foreign governments to congratulate the suspects is the first strongest evidence that the Republic of Kenya has officially begun its journey towards international isolation and eventual graduation as a pariah State in the world of democratic nations.
Now, Kenya has a President and Vice President who cannot travel abroad, raising the question as to how the country’s international obligations will be fulfilled especially in cases where either of the two office holders needs to be physically present. It is highly unlikely that the two suspects will ever travel to The Hague to attend to their cases and once this happens, an arrest warrant will be issued by ICC and circulated across the world. What will follow is that any time either of the two suspects travels abroad, they risk being arrested, transported to The Hague and locked for ever to be tried and jailed if found guilty of having committed crimes against humanity.
The Kenyan Constitution does not say what happens if the President is locked somewhere for whatever reason. Consequently, in case Uhuru is locked at the Hague, Kenya will enter into a Constitutional crisis and no one knows what will happen. Without diplomatic contacts, Kenyan Cabinet Ministers will not be able to travel to many foreign countries. It is an accepted fact that trips to foreign countries by Cabinet Ministers is a routine exercise. With majority of countries refusing to recognize Kenya, Cabinet Ministers will have to chill in the country as their colleagues in other countries criss-cross the globe on missions to help their countries. This will not be good for Kenya.
As the international isolation begins to take root, Kenyan Ambassadors may be expelled from different countries. Sweden is among countries which has remained tight-lipped in relation to congratulations. Under the circumstances, it is possible that the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm may have to be closed down in case Sweden refuses to recognize the Uhuruto government. The immediate impact will be that all workers at the embassy will lose their jobs while visa services will also be affected. The impact is huge and Kenyans can only hope that the Cord petition will go through so that Presidential vote can be rerun for suspects of crimes against humanity to be edged from the country’s top leadership.
President Okoth Osewe
Republic of KSB