The Bashir effect now upon Kenya

Category: Diaspora
Published on Saturday, 28 August 2010 23:26
Written by The New Sudan Vision (NSV),
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NAIROBI, Kenya (NSV)-- Kenya is increasingly coming under attack for hosting Sudanese President during  Friday's  signing of the new constitution.

On August 27, 2010 President Omar Al- Bashir, who was indicted last March by the ICC for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur, came to Nairobi under the neighborly,head of state invitation, some officials said.

President Bashir at the Constitutional Signing in Kenya. photo by Standard

But his presence fired off talks of resentment among Kenyans and Southern Sudanese who are blaming Kenya, a member of the ICC, for allowing someone wanted to taint what was viewed as the most important day for celebrating their new rebirth.

The issue has divided even the leadership in Kenya, with some saying Bashir was sneaked in without any prior knowledge.

Many right activists and foerign leaders have voiced their disappointment at kenya for allowing Bashir to attend, chief among those US President Barack Obama.

Today on Saturday the ICC is said to have reported Kenya  to  the UN Security Council  in order "to take any measure it may deem appropraite" regarding this distrurbing unfolding of event.

The indictment of the Sudanese President has proven to be a test case for many of the African leaders since they are divided over whether or not he must be arrested.

Since that historic announcement was made by ICC  lead prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo in March 2009, Bashir has had limited travel for fear of arrest. He has been to those countries that are not  members of ICC.

 The African nations of Chad and Kenya are now the two that are being bloodied for allowing the wanted man on their soils this year.