Guest Column: Ambassador Amina Mohamed: From Top Diplomat to Jubilee Sycophant
Ambassador Amina Mohamed is a sad case of a distinguished lawyer and diplomat, who recently quit her prestigious positions as UNEP Deputy Executive Director and Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations, to become a Jubilee sycophant, in the name of Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary. Appearing on BBC’s HARDtalk interview program on September 18th 2013, Ambassador Mohamed was at pains to defend ICC indictees Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. Asked whether they should stand trial, she replied that “they are not guilty” and that there have been no new developments in terms of evidence, since the acquittal of the other three ‘Ocampo Six’ whom they were initially charged with.
Amina defended Ruto by claiming that “since 2008 to date, William Ruto has been on a campaign of reconciling the different Kenyan ethnic groups. He has done that relentlessly, he has done that courageously, whether it was those that were affected by the activities that went on in 2007 and 08 or those that weren’t. He made sure that all the Kenyan communities came together. He together with our current president, have so much confidence of the electroral [sic] that they overwhelmingly won the next General Election.”
First and foremost, the reality is that Uhuru and Ruto were ‘overwhelmingly’ voted for by their ethnic blocs of Kikuyus and Kalenjins, respectively. This is even reflected in their Cabinet appointments and top Government jobs. When a top worker from a non-Jubilee supporting tribe is sacked, their replacements so far, have come from the Kikuyu and Kalenjin tribes. Can Amina present the number of times Uhuru and Ruto were involved in countrywide campaigns to bring peace? After their first visit to The Hague, Uhuru and Ruto stepped up a vicious campaign to defend themselves through “prayer meetings” which were used to insult former premier Raila Odinga, whom they also accused of sending their cases to the ICC. Prior to the General Election, their rallies were concentrated in Central and Rift Valley provinces. What efforts did Ruto make in resettling the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were languishing in tattered tents in filthy camps in Rift Valley and especially in Eldoret, his home town? Can Amina tell us the good of Ruto who is known to have illegally acquired an IDP’s farm and was ordered to pay (when already deputy president), Ksh5 million earlier this year to the former owner, Mr. Muteshi as compensation for occupying it?
A Kenyan newspaper quoted Amina thus: “She further added with the inception of the new Constitution and judicial reforms, Kenya is capable of trying the perpetrators of the Post Election Violence.” In which courts? Sincerely, does Ambassador Mohamed believe that even with international support, one can whisk Uhuru into a dock in a Kenyan court to stand trial? The son of Jomo and former chicken breeder aka Kiambaa Butcher, Ruto? Is Amina kidding with Kenyans who want justice for the PEV victims? Amina must have been away in ‘safe diplomatic corridors’ abroad for many years, she has forgotten that Kenya ina wenyewe. Right now at the ICC, the first witness has to testify in private chambers since her identity was revealed, thereby sending terror into other witnesses.
Vortex of lies
In February 2012, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko, said that 5000 pending PEV minor offenders cases would be fast-tracked through nationwide professional investigations by the Multi-Agency Taskforce. However, the idea was met with resistance since some people felt that it was a waste of resources and would disrupt peace. The truth is, PEV cases in Kenya have been shoddily investigated and dismissed for lack of credible evidence.
Amina supports Jubilee’s proposed withdrawal from the Rome Statute, yet last year the same DPP said that: “As the CJ rightly said, ICC is not a foreign judicial foreign process. It is already domesticated and localised by the International Crimes Act of 2009 and given constitutional anchorage by Article 2 of the Constitution. In this respect any suggestion that Kenya should pull out of the ICC is either ignorance or political mischief,” he insisted. He said Kenya is bowed to give cooperation to the ICC as required under the Rome Statute which it is signatory to: “ICC is not a foreign animal. Those talking of pulling out of ICC are completely off the mark. Kenya has an obligation to cooperate fully with the ICC.” He explained that it is a court of the last resort which took up the Kenyan cases because the country was either unwilling or unable to formulate a local process to investigate and prosecute the post election violence. The DPP found it is necessary for Kenya to stamp its authority by proving to criminals that they cannot get away with the offences that led to the death of 1,000 people and displacements of more than 500,000 people.” What can Amina say of the recent court ruling that banned the media and the public from witnessing proceedings related to Kenyatta’s ICC case?
Perhaps Ambassador Mohamed can take heed of publishing editor Barack Muluka’s recent swipe at Kenyan intellectuals turned politicians: “Prof Kithure Kindiki and Mr Kipchumba Murkomen are intellectuals of no mean repute. Until they successfully went into competitive politics, they were part of a focused and dependable public intellectual community in Kenya. As Kindiki and Murkomen entered the competitive political space at the start of this year, the expectation (at any rate my expectation) was that they would help to transform that space. It is turning out, however, that the space is transforming them, instead. When good people go into politics they often make us think that they have undergone a brain transplant. They become apologists for some of the most retrogressive orthodoxy. They say things that make you want the ground to open up and swallow you on their behalf. I have seen this happen to many a man and woman of intellect.”
Ambassador Amina Mohamed is already sucked in a vortex of political lies and is a mere flower girl doing damage control in an irreparable situation. She is a lawyer who knows that her prejudiced opinion does not do justice to Uhuru and Ruto. Can she prove their innocence? The ICC was their court of choice, having refused to support the establishment of a local special tribunal in Kenya. Amina worked in Kibaki’s Government as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs from 2008 to 2011. Why did she not defend the two indictees then?
Her performance so far is below par, her conduct mediocre, her service to a corrupt Jubileee regime (rigged to power by a Mafia cartel) pathetic while her utterances as Foreign Affairs Secretary is pedestrian to say the least. Amina’s case is yet another classic example of growing intellectual prostitution within the elite in Kenya. Amina has sold her heart and soul to Mount Kenya Mafia, a tragedy that should send those who knew her mourning for her future.
As a Kenyan who has met her in the past and who knows her real capacity, I have been vomiting every time she opens her now foul mouth, drooling with Jubilee pus. Since being appointed in government, her character is warped while her thinking is clearly disjointed. Most likely, she will end up in the cesspit after being used like toilet paper and flushed down the drain. With previously respected people like Amina having been converted into lap-dogs by a corrupt regime led by suspects of crimes against humanity, Kenya is effectively doomed.
University of Nairobi
Here is Amina, having sold her heart and soul to suspected war criminals in her new trade of intellectual prostitution