Kenya’s dis-unity govt agrees on foreign meddling

By Daily Maverick Legacy 6 October 2009

Kenya’s unity government has one thing in common: they don’t like the US or EU telling them they are not doing enough to bring those behind last year’s election violence to trial. The US has sent letters to Kenyan officials saying they will have to act faster to avoid sanctions against them. This was backed up by the International Criminal Court saying it would now intervene. News reports say top Kenyan politicos are thought to have received the US letters, and now other big donor nations have also said the government needs to hurry up and prosecute those behind the killings of some 1,300 people. Ordinary Kenyans want a revamped constitution and reform of the corrupt police force, judiciary and electoral process. They also want action over land ownership disputes. That’s a tall order, so former UN chief Kofi Annan flew in on Sunday and told ministers that the Kenyan people expected to see some concrete action -- soon. After meeting Annan, the main political rivals in the unity government, President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minster Raila Odinga, stated that the overall progress made by the government over reforms is impressive. It seems few other agree with them.