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Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara

The ICC's Dilemma In Uhuru, Ruto Cases

Last week, Uhuru Kenyatta made history. On Tuesday, he became the first sitting President to hand over power to his Deputy and two days later, paradoxically was the first sitting President to ever appear before the International Criminal Court. On his return, he was treated to a hero’s welcome with thousands thronging the streets, egged on by his administration. According to one poll, his approval ratings soared to 71 percent, compared to 43 percent just two months ago.
“Politics is theatre. It doesn't matter if you win. You make a statement. You say, ‘I'm here, pay attention to me’” said the gay American politician, Harvey Milk. The unnecessary theatrics of handing over power and resuming office –“a temporary abdication,” Sky News called it- showed just how well the Kenyatta administration understands this. In fact, he and his Deputy, William Ruto, have skilfully managed to turn their indictments for crimes against humanity to their political advantage, easily slipping into the role of victim. In fact they have utilised a trope long made famous by Kenyan politicians. Every time one of them has been threatened… ( Read on! )
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Civil society's race to the bottom

Johannesburg (South Africa) - A cursory scan of the NGO job boards confirms the widely held assumption that South Africa’s civil society organizations are struggling to get funding. Read more >

South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS), by Alexander O'Riordan / 20.10.2014

Salva Kiir – Commander-in-chief – image vs reality

Ten years before the start of South Sudan’s current war, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) held a meeting at Rumbek in which the party leadership sought to resolve a major problem between their chairman and deputy chairman. Read more >

African Arguments* / 20.10.2014

Limited support for key populations undermines HIV control

Kampala (Uganda) - Uganda’s HIV/AIDS control efforts have been undermined by a lack of consensus and clarity over which people constitute Key Populations (KPs) to be targeted in various prevention, care and treatment efforts, say experts. Read more >

UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) / 20.10.2014

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