Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta speaking to the diplomatic community in Uganda’s capital, Kampala on Saturday night condemned what he describes as the international system that “relegates Africa to the periphery”. “I cannot think of any African I know who did not accept that the United Kingdom had the right to choose to leave the European Union. But if Africans attempt to exercise their sovereign will – if Africans attempt to exercise their sovereignty, and to democratically set aside international commitments which no longer work for them – we hear a barrage of voices which tell us we can’t.”
President Kenyatta and six other who were charged with crimes against humanity for their alleged leading roles in the 2007-2008 post-election violence that left more than 1,000 people dead and forced 600,000 from their homes also warned if the international order “that defends injustice and double standards” is not changed, the recent gains and progress made by the continent with resilience will be lost.In a damning speech t western leaders who have always treated Africans as colonized people, the Kenyan president went on and on in his attack on the world system which has failed the continent so far and kept it in massive poverty despite its rich resources
“The opportunities that lie before us today are especially ripe. Africa is rising – and it is rising no matter what the naysayers tell us. The tremors of that rise will be felt far and wide,” he added. he went ahead and stress the fact that Africans leaders are supposed to be partners to their western colleagues and “mutual respect is what we need”
Kenyatta also urged African states to shift focus to “local globalization” by opening each other’s borders and increasing trade to push the pan-Africanism agenda.
“The mirage of the older globalization has faded, we see clearly that we are each other’s best hope. It is time to localize globalization, if I may coin a phrase. We need to open Africa up to each other, and to prosper together. That is Pan-Africanism for this century,” he said.
Responding to why he pull out Kenyan troops from war-torn Somalia the dismissal of the Kenyan commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after a United Nations inquiry accused UNMISS of failing to respond to an attack on a hotel in Juba in July.
The president said “Kenya will not agree to be scapegoated by a mission that has failed to execute its mandate. Pulling out troops will however not affect Kenya’s position in regional peace,”
meanwhile, Kenya is considering quitting the ICC following Burundi, South Africa and Gambia who have already started the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court due to similar reasons.