Bashir’s visit to Kenya

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On Friday, August 27th 2010, Kenya promulgated their new constitution. This was a pretty big deal, considering that Kenyans have been living with a constitution that was signed by the Queen of England back in 1963! One would think that this good news would be the focus of the world media but alas, that has not been the case. It turns out that among Kenya’s special guests for the event was the President of Sudan, Al Bashir, who has a warrant of arrest on his head. Apparently, Kenya should not have invited him to witness this great event but more importantly, Kenya should have arrested Mr. Al Bashir considering the outstanding warrant.

At this point I want to point out that the last time Kenyans went to vote for anything was back in 2007, and it ended badly to put it mildly:it led to the Post Election Violence that was witnessed the world over. This brings me to my main bone of contention with the world and media reaction to the events of August 27th 2010. Kenyans actually voted for a very important document peacefully and without incident yet the world wants to focus on the negative aspects. What the hell is up with that?!?!?

Maybe Kenya’s leadership shouldn’t have invited this alleged criminal BUT there are other things to consider, for example:

1. In the many many years that Sudan has been trying to develop and maintain a working democracy, this same world/media has been able to count on Kenya’s positive influence on Sudan to help things get better. Treaties have been signed in Kenya, which – fyi – is also the strongest economy of the East African region.

2. This visit could also be used as a ‘heaping hot coals on someone’s head’ type of learning opportunity. A leader of a country without a proper working government watching millions of people celebrating their own grand achievement? Don’t you think it would be positive proof of what can (and should) happen in his own country?

3. Kenya is a member of the AU (African Union) and as such, is held to the agreements that it signs. I don’t claim to be an expert but I do know that one member of the AU is forbidden from arresting another member of the AU. Would the US arrest Tony Blair? Would Belgium arrest the German Chancellor? Let’s be realistic people!

4. Kenya has interests of its own that require the cooperation of Al Bashir. Yes, it may include eating with the devil but there isn’t a country in the world that would claim that they wouldn’t develop an already existing positive relationship with a President if it would help their cause; not the US, UK, China, Korea….none!

The world is apparently still hellbent on seeing the dark, scary, backward and savage Africa (which never existed, by the way, except in the eyes of the so-called discoverers of Africa). It’s time the world leaders and media openned their eyes to an Africa that does NOT fit that mold. It’s ridiculous to suggest that a country but be perfect in the eyes of other countries before it will get a fair representation of its citizens.

The so-called world leaders and media need to get over themselves; the sooner the better.  Sudan’s el Presidente can always be arrested. A new constitution is only promulgated once!

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I decided to stop watching life pass by and join in instead. This year is all about saying "yes" to life, opportunity and ideas thus this blog. Like many people, I've wanted to start a blog, and like many people I chickened out. In fact, this is my second serious attempt. Welcome aboard. I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me. Feel free to leave all sorts of comments, any time and I promise to do my best to reply. Feel free to compliment, complain, criticize, communicate...whatever floats your boat. See you soon :-)

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  1. Hi Mia! Sorry for not having commented for so long.

    You are so right about what gets covered and what doesn’t. The old adage “If it bleeds, it leads” is still true about television “news”. It is much more profitable to air, publish and post salacious gossip, unsubstantiated rumors, rank speculation and (fill in the blank) mongering than it is to cover significant news stories like the one you just reported. The television stations generally want an AP oversimplified analysis so they don’t spend time or money doing analysis themselves. Then they probably want some juicy photo to go with it, and most of the ones they have on hand probably wouldn’t be applicable (although they might have run upsetting out of date file footage). The television, radio, cable, satellite, and internet news, networking sites, and blogosphere are increasingly owned or controlled by the large corporations owned by fewer and fewer (right wing) people look for profit and eyeballs. Perhaps you could reference it in a comment on a blog like Salon.com.
    It’s good news that Kenya promulgated their new constitutions. Good luck on getting someone to cover what’s the new constitution actually says. For corporate owned media to cover it they would probably limit their research to figuring out where Kenya is and then checking to see whether the news served the financial interests of their sponsors and which way to spin it. It’s much easier for the media to print a story implying that some actress is a slut.
    Congrats on your reporting.

    • Hey Panty, great to “see” you! Thanks for your comment, which accurately captured more of what I was trying to say. It’s just so irritating, grrrrrrr

      Sorry too for being so quiet. My life has become a bit more hectic and internet a lot more scarce/expensive so I normally post less frequently and don’t spend much time online. I hope you’re well though. I do miss you, even though I don’t ‘visit’ you often. TTYL 🙂

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