ICC: Uhuru’s Anti-Imperialist Rhetoric is Hollow
Since he was indicted to face crimes against humanity at the ICC, key suspect, Uhuru Kenyatta, has constantly been exploiting every opportunity to spew strong anti-imperialist rhetoric mainly aimed at British, American and EU imperialism. In his address to the Africa Union, where the toothless institution failed to agree on a mass withdrawal from ICC in support of the two Kenyan indictees, a number of syntactic strings which were weaved into Kenyatta’s speech could wrongfully elevate the ICC indictee to the status of a “revolutionary socialist” who had just come to power after overthrowing the capitalist system ravaging millions of Kenyans on a daily basis. Taken collectively, and from the point of view of Uhuru’s pro-capitalist, pro-rich man background, Uhuru’s latest onslaught on Western imperialism is hollow to say the least.
While probably referring to the current crisis of capitalism internationally which has devastated the economies of Europe and plunged the United States into economic chaos, Uhuru said that “the imperial exploiter crashes into the pits of penury. The arrogant world police is crippled by shambolic domestic dysfunction. These are the spectacles of Western decline we are witnessing today”. And, in what is no doubt a swipe at imperialist past and present exploitation of the ex-colonial world under the neo-colonial arrangement, Uhuru accused imperialist powers of having “drunk out of the poisoned fountain of imperialism”. Specifically, the Kenyan President attacked Western powers for preaching justice to “a people they have disenfranchised, exploited, taxed and brutalised”.
Due to his lack of ideological direction, Uhuru does not probably understand that Imperialism is the highest stage of capitalism, an exploitative system “that crashes into the pits of penury” in Kenya. The President might be clueless about the thieving, arrogant and corrupt Mount Kenya Mafia cartel which is equally “crippled by shambolic domestic dysfunction” thereby exposing the “spectacles” of “decline we are witnessing today” in Kenya.
Surely, the deluded ICC suspect may have been unaware that his ilk (with him at the top) has and continues to drink “out of the poisoned fountain” of capitalism in Kenya. Given the pandemic rigging of election by the Mount Kenya Mafia cartel; the exploitation of millions of Kenyans under the rotten capitalist system; the constant tax hikes on basic consumer commodities and brutalization of civilians by State police with orders to shoot to kill suspected criminals on sight, Uhuru needs to be reminded that his entire Mafia cartel running Kenya is preaching justice to “a people they have disenfranchised, exploited, taxed and brutalized” with meek abandon. The ICC suspect is in no position to deliver lop-sided anti-imperialist tirades when, ideologically speaking, he represents the thieving capitalist vampire class with mouths dripping with innocent blood of millions of Kenyans dying of hunger, treatable diseases, malnutrition, police brutality and other known vices of capitalism.
Obviously, there is no shortage of words, phrases and clauses to warn imperialism to keep off a sovereign Kenya. What is nauseating is to endlessly watch the son of an ex tyrant (whose billionaire mother, Ngina Kenyatta, is on the list of top wealthiest women in Africa) speak about “exploitation and plunder of resources” by imperialism. Have Kenyans and the world forgotten that Uhuru Kenyatta is a beneficiary of a rigged election precisely to evade ICC which he has now converted into a toy to fight the very masters his father collaborated with to plant the seeds of capitalism currently responsible for political and economic crisis in Kenya? Why is Uhuru’s current anti-imperialist talk sheer rhetoric?
Uhuru should attack Imperialist interests in Kenya
If Uhuru wants to convince Kenyans that he has now turned against the West, then he no doubts needs some education from Kenyan socialists on what he needs to do. Much of the most fertile lands in Kenya is still owned by known agents of British imperialism like the Delemares. To back up his rhetoric about sovereignty, Uhuru needs to nationalize all the so called white highlands that were retained by colonialists who continue to exploit them today at the expense of Kenyan workers who live as squatters in their own country and on starvation wages. The perennial problem of landlessness in Kenya today is partly due to theft of land by both the Kenyatta family on the one hand and British land grabbers on the other. On land grabbing, the Kenyatta family is therefore as guilty as the imperialists!
Secondly, any conscious Kenyan knows that the Kenyan economy is controlled by the British, Americans and the European Union, all currently under attack by Kenyatta. For example, 80% of Kenya’s 45 banks are on the hands of foreigners and therefore, foreigners essentially control Kenya’s financial sector. The biggest Insurance companies in Kenya are foreign owned and the same case applies to majority of the biggest tourist-standard Five Star hotels. It is a well known fact that Europeans own game parks in Kenya where tourists pay them directly to watch wild game or engage in game-hunting. Kenyans are routinely shot to death when they stray into these game reserves and the case of Cholmondley (the grand son of Lord Delemare who has shot two Kenyans to death) is still fresh in the minds of millions of Kenyans. With domestic and International air travel firmly on the hands of “Western imperialism” (including Kenya Airways), the much talked about dollars in the tourist industry are repatriated to Western capitals. Does Uhuru Kenyatta know this?
The biggest companies at the Nairobi Stock Exchange are either Western or controlled by the West through share-holding. The best hospitals in Kenya are private owned (Nairobi Hospital, Aga Khan, MP Shah, Matter et al) and they are either foreign owned or controlled by foreigners. Key distribution Networks (Uchumi, Nakumat et al) are foreign owned. Is it surprising that Westgate, which is still in the news following the terrorist attack, was owned by Israelis whose political and economic interests in Kenya are vast? Who owns Sarit Centre and other key outlets especially in Nairobi?
The point is that Kenya is fundamentally owned by agents of Western imperialism and if Uhuru Kenyatta cannot address the economic epicentre of imperialist’s control of Kenya (as opposed to yapping at rallies and meetings), the President needs to shut up and concentrate on defending himself at the ICC.
Although he is the President, Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyans currently chest-thumping that the West should leave Kenya alone might not actually understand the extent of imperialist control of the country. The construction industry, the mining industry, manufacturing, horticulture and telecommunication are all on Western hands because they own the controlling shares in companies active in these sectors. Kenya is the biggest exporter of flowers but Western agents own the flower farms in Naivasha, cold storage systems and modes of transportation of flowers to Europe for sale. Kenya produces tea and coffee yet these products are processed in Western capitals because the job of the Kenyan farmer is to produce raw materials.
The crux of the matter is that to move beyond rhetoric, Uhuru Kenyatta has a lot of opportunity of cutting external dependency and internal exploitation by Western imperialism instead of delivering hollow anti-imperialist speeches at podiums. He has the opportunity of striking where it hurts the most but why can’t he dare?
Choices have consequences
Despite Uhuru’s grand-standing, the worst is yet to come after Uhuru evades ICC and is slapped with an arrest warrant. President Obama avoided Uhuru Kenyatta during his recent trip to Africa. Prime Minister David Cameron is keeping the Kenyan President at bay and even Putin avoided him like leprosy. Both the Chines and the AU are cheating the President because as soon as ICC forces Uhuru out of power, the Chines and the AU will begin to work with any new President.
The AU could not help Mohammed Gadhafi who founded and financed the organization. Recently, the Americans entered Libya and picked a top terrorist suspect without the AU uttering a word about Libya’s sovereignty. The French military just walked into Mali (the way you walk into a market) to disable Islamic militants without a word from AU and the same silence ensued after the Americans recently conducted a raid inside Somalia allegedly to arrest a top Al Shabab leader. The AU will not therefore save Uhuru Kenyatta during difficult moments. Instead of issuing empty threats against imperialism, Kenyatta should be preparing to cooperate with ICC. It is his best bet at the moment because “choices have consequences”.