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Rok Ajulu: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Trip to the International Criminal Court was a Publicity Stunt

Two Countries One DreamKenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta recently became the first African head of state to step down voluntarily to face charges at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.

Kenyatta faces charges of crimes against humanity at the ICC after allegations that he took part in instigating violence following his country’s 2007 presidential elections, when more than 1 000 people were killed.

Kenyatta has earned widespread praise for his decision, but Rok Ajulu, editor of Two Countries One Dream: The Challenges of Democratic Consolidation in Kenya and South Africa, says he cannot understand why Kenyatta’s stepping aside has created such a media storm.

“It might be the first, but it’s the normal way of doing things,” Ajulu says.

Kenyatta boarded a normal flight to the Netherlands, with very little security, and was mobbed by journalists. “This is a publicity stunt, and not a very good one,” Ajulu says, “because everybody knows Uhuru has a jet and security.”

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  • Two Countries One Dream: The Challenges of Democratic Consolidation in Kenya and South Africa edited by Rok Ajulu
    EAN: 9780620431200
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John Githongo at the Okoa Kenya Movement Launch: “Kenyans have Steadily Lost Faith in Our Leaders”

Two Countries One DreamKenyan political analyst and contributor to Two Countries One Dream: The Challenges of Democratic Consolidation in Kenya and South Africa John Githongo delivered the opening address at the launch of the Okoa Kenya Movement last month.

Githongo is a former Kenyan journalist and wrote the preface to Two Countries One Dream, which was edited by Rok Ajulu. Okoa Kenya is a people’s movement to defend the country’s constitution. The movement calls for electoral reforms on their Facebook page.

Githongo said people have lost faith in the country’s institutions: “Increasingly too, Kenyans have steadily lost faith in our leaders and institutions which makes even the best ideas difficult to implement. Indeed, even in important sectors we too often laugh at leaders instead of getting angry with them.”

Githongo spoke about the widening gap between rich and poor in Kenya: “The spiraling cost of living and deepening inequality have turned us into two big tribes – one tiny, rich and isolated from reality and the other, gigantic youthful and angry.”

Githongo said in his opening address that the people of Kenya will no longer accept bad political decisions:

The Okoa Kenya Movement is an initiative I’m happy to be associated with, as it is born out of shared concerns about some of the more pressing challenges facing our country. Put bluntly, the mantra of “accept and move on!” that followed elections in 2013, hasn’t worked out regardless of which party you voted for last year. That’s why we are here. Okoa emerges from the genuine concern that Kenya is embroiled in an existential crisis. Wherever we are, whatever we do, whomever we are, we are called upon to stop the watching and analysing and stand up wherever we are and whenever we can for the issues that are of import to Kenyans and Kenya today – the integrity of our constitution being foremost among these. We acknowledge that the country faces a host of current and historical unresolved issues.


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Video: Rok Ajulu Discusses the Status Quo in Rwanda

Two Countries One DreamIn light of the recent 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, Rok Ajulu, editor of Two Countries One Dream: The Challenges of Democratic Consolidation in Kenya and South Africa, spoke to Nations Update on Loveworld SAT about the status quo in Rwanda.

Akulu says that current policies will most likely lead to another genocide. He addresses the lack of freedom in this country and the great amount of Rwandans who live in exile. “Rwandans are afraid of their country. If you ask any genuine Rwandan they will tell you, ‘We are afraid of that country, we are afraid of our politicians. We don’t have a voice, we cannot speak’. And that’s why a lot of them, the majority of them, are in exile,” says Akulu.

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  • Two Countries One Dream: The Challenges of Democratic Consolidation in Kenya and South Africa edited by Rok Ajulu
    EAN: 9780620431200
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