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The Ocampo Six are Kenyans, but Rwanda, Uganda need to worry

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President Kibaki (left) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The two principals are in a fix over the names released by ICC prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo

President Kibaki (left) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The two principals are in a fix over the names released by ICC prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo 

By Joint Report

Posted  Monday, December 20   2010 at  15:11

Humanitarian organisations put the fugure at 5.4 million, but critics say this number has been inflated by aid agencies to attract funding.

As one observer put it: “If the ICC has gone for six Kenyans for the death of just over 1,200 people and the displacement of 500,000; and Bashir is indicted for the death of about 250,000, it becomes difficult to continue ignoring calls to bring Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to book for the death of 5 million.”

The observer also noted that “Burundi, where tens of thousands of people were killed in much the same circumstances as in Kenya, should also be a country of interest to the ICC.”

In that sense, Kenya could be a “soft entrance.” One reason could be that it, and Tanzania, are the only civilian-led countries in the EAC.

Rwanda and Uganda are ruled by military men who came to power as the head of guerrilla armies, who have tried to convert themselves into civilian rulers through limited elections and transforming their military parties into regular political organisations.

According to this view, the ICC hand is slowly closing in on Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda like a horse shoe, having dispatched DRC and Sudan’s perpetrators of crimes against humanity.

Recent Wikileaks suggest that Museveni’s currency is diminishing in American eyes. They quoted US diplomats criticising him for tarnishing a good record by turning rogue, rigging elections, and condoning corruption.

Rwanda and Uganda have escaped censure for their role in the DRC in the UN Security Council in the past, because they were able to leverage their close strategic alliance with the USA and the UK to block it.

But with the USA getting jaded with Museveni, and its global clout beginning to wane, the ICC will face less big power obstruction in pursuing them for the DRC atrocities. Burundi, might, for that reason, be an easier pick than Rwanda and Uganda.

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