The back story is that two human rights activists from the Oscar Foundation, Oscar King’ara and Paul Oulu, were shot by unknown gunmen along State House Rd. in Nairobi. The Oscar Foundation had been providing legal aid to a government-banned sect, Mungiki. A UoN student, Edwin Ong’aro, was involved in protests against the killing that occured near the University hostels. Police arrived at the scene, attempted to retrieve the body, met student opposition from the protesters, in the scuffle opened fire and a live bullet struck Edwin.
Students wanted to protest. University administrators were totally against it. You know the no-nonsense Prof. G. Magoha would have none of that, and indeed put students on notice. The demos were in fact flagged as illegal until a cohort of activists visited the Prime Minister and he ultimately backed them, ordering police not to impede their movements.
Well, if there’s anything we’ve learnt from previous protests by university students, it’s that they are all but peaceful; there’s almost always a red herring that causes digression:
I’m not against demonstrations, the right to lawful assembly is enshrined in the Constitution. However, Continue reading →
The United Nations Security Council on Friday deadlocked on what action to take following the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) indictment of President Omar al-Bashir:
Mr. Bashir’s supporters, led by Libya and China, insisted that any official statement issued by the Council simultaneously address the potential humanitarian crisis and a possible deferral of the charges, while Western nations blasted the idea of linking the two issues and warned of a potential humanitarian catastrophe that could affect millions.
Dr. Christophe Fournier, the International President of MSF warned of the fragility of the relief situation in the region in a statement from the organization:
“The order to expel MSF from Darfur is a dramatic turn of events that will have unprecedented consequences for the people of the region. Much of the population of Darfur is totally dependent on international humanitarian aid..
The sudden halt of our medical programs, including vital surgical, nutrition, and basic healthcare programs, in large areas of Darfur will have an immediate and devastating impact on the population.”
I imagine that this scenario had been simulated by the ICC in the rendering of their decision. This development vastly complicates the situation – the African Union has vowed not to enforce the arrest warrant after a meeting on Thursday to discuss ICC’s ruling, meaning that President al-Bashir will continue to roam a free man for who knows how long; on the other hand, thousands upon thousands of Sudanese in the Darfur region face starvation and widespread disease due to lack of proper medical attention.
So question is, who now plays the next hand? The AU won’t budge, the US is not a signatory to the Rome Treaty and the ICC has no police force of its own!
What now, is the response to the deteriorating situation in Darfur?