The other day, Kenya High Court Judge Nicholas Ombijah issued a warrant for the arrest of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan were he to step on Kenyan soil.
See, there is already a warrant by the ICC accusing the Sudanese President of crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur.
Now the Kenyan Government is bending backwards to please Bashir: Attorney General Muigai has filed a case in the Court of Appeal seeking to overturn the High Court ruling that set off the storm, prompting Sudan to expel the Kenyan Ambassador in Khartoum and threatening to close its airspace to Kenyan flights and also throw out up to 1,500 Kenyans living in Sudan.
Talk of the Executive meddling with the Judiciary. This is a very deplorable stance the Kenyan government is taking. Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has come out defending the judge by warning the Executive against trying to intimidate judicial officers and undermining the independence of the Judiciary.
What is at stake is Kenya’s economic interests. Justice can wait. Sudan buys over Sh200 million worth of Kenyan tea, and is the fifth largest buyer of the stuff.
Much is rotten at the center of power in Nairobi if they are choosing tea over justice.