In the past few days, I have been laughing my heart out having been tickled by the bluff set off by Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula that Kenyan can actually reciprocate the United States ban of a top Kenyan official who is accused of derailing Kenya’s reform agenda.
The minister’s reaction is perplexing especially when he said that Kenya also has a weapon against the US government and would use it as if they are equals. I wonder how this can be applied?
For example can Mr Wetangula call an international press conference and announce a ban of a top US official let alone a junior officer? I don’t think so. The reason is clear, were it not for the US, Kenya maybe wouldn’t have been what it is today following the post 2007 election violence. US Ambassador Michael Ranneberger has variously been branded names including Mr Governor. It is this governor who in early 2008 criss-crossed this country in attempts to bring Kenyans together and briefed his bosses in Washington of the facts on the ground.
Secondly, Kenya’s economic and political world is unmatchable with that of the Big brother and as such, Mr Wetangula’s fallacy is out of this world. Kenya has and is still dependent on assistance from the US and its allies. Whenever the US raises the red flag, the other western countries – more so the European Union – rush in unison to issue similar warnings. It is this international community that we always turn to whenever calamities – be it natural or man made befall us.
Thirdly Kenya owes its existence to the world and therefore there is no way that we can be left alone. The reforms that are being pushed for will have to be fulfilled whether Mr Wetangula or any other Kenyan wants it or not. Mr Wetangula should stop these puerile and trifling excuses he is giving every time he is defending corrupt and incompetent senior government officials. Yes we are a sovereign state but our sovereignty shouldn’t be used as a cover for mark-timing on issues of good governance and by far reforms Kenyans have been yearning for.
If someone is a stumbling block he should be told …hey see the door. Period!
Conventional wisdom dictates that the Big brother has the last word unless this has changed. Mr Wetangula should lick his wounds; put his tail between his legs like a beaten dog and surrender to the demands by the international community.
To the US, I can only say them that Kenyans feel that your travel bans are a mockery; they should make the name or names of banned individuals public so that Kenyans can hold them accountable and deal with them by naming and shaming them. They should also assist the country in repatriating monies held by these corrupt individuals and anti-reformists in overseas accounts.
Mr Ranneberger and lately Mr Johnnie Carson’s source of irritation has always been the slow nature of reforms in the country. If we want to be in-charge of our destiny then speed up the reforms.