In Summary
  • Most early nationalists understood that the continent needed to do much more to secure true freedom and that the surest way to break the shackles of imperial domination was through the pursuit of the unity of the African people.
  • My stand that the cases brought against myself and my deputy were a desperate attempt to use the court to take away the sovereign right of the people of Kenya to decide who should lead them has since been vindicated.
  • We will continue to work with partners on the continent to pursue adoption of an African Union Standby Brigade empowered to enforce the peace in times of conflict rather than relying on foreigners with their complicated and unknown agenda.

Freedom fighters and founding fathers who made considerable sacrifices to secure independence for African nations were well aware their work was not done merely by the formal declaration of the end of colonial rule.

Most early nationalists understood that the continent needed to do much more to secure true freedom and that the surest way to break the shackles of imperial domination was through the pursuit of the unity of the African people.

Half a century later, the work the founding fathers began is far from over as any attempts to find a way to solidify cooperation among African states have been met with stiff resistance by those who benefit from a divided Africa.

However, we must accept the fact that the problems the continent faces will best be solved from within rather than through the prism of self-serving foreign intervention. We must find ways through which we can pool resources in the pursuit of greater prosperity for Africa.

Fortunately, there has never been a more exciting time to be an African than now. Across the continent, we see evidence of a region that is on the rise.

This is not just evident through the impressive economic growth that has been recorded across the continent. Africa’s rise is visible in more subtle facts. School enrolment is at its highest rate in our history, our dynamic youth are engaging in exciting innovations and embracing the promise of the digital revolution in ways that are transforming our economies.

The use of mobile money, admirably pioneered in Kenya, has caught the imagination of policy makers around the world and been adopted with success in many countries.

Yet these gains will remain fragile for as long as the continent does not jealously guard its sovereignty and assiduously work to secure its freedom.

Africans are not a xenophobic race, we are among the most welcoming people on earth. However, we want to engage with the world on equal terms, not as the junior partner in an unequal marriage.
In my speech to the African Union heads of state summit in October 2013, I spoke about the exploitation by institutions such as the International Criminal Court to advance the political agenda of those that seek to shape the politics of our continent.

My stand that the cases brought against myself and my deputy were a desperate attempt to use the court to take away the sovereign right of the people of Kenya to decide who should lead them has since been vindicated.

NO EVIDENCE

Prosecutors at the ICC dropped the case against me after admitting a fact which was transparently clear from the start that they had no evidence to sustain any credible prosecution whatsoever but not before I was subjected to the most gratuitous slander and character assassination.

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