To the Editor:
John Githongo's article "Fear and Loathing in Nairobi" (July/August 2010) failed to mention one institution that is keeping Kenya's elite in check: the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is trying to bring justice to millions of Kenyans affected by the postelection violence of 2007-8.
Unfortunately, Kenya's new constitution, approved by referendum in August, faces many obstacles to implementation -- not least vested interests -- and so politicians who face potential prosecution by the ICC still have the resources to stir their tribal bases and, through the Kenyan legislature, make it difficult for them and other suspects to be extradited to The Hague for trial.
The ICC needs to explain to Kenyans that suspects handed over to the court are still just that -- suspects. And it needs to let the government and the people of Kenya know that the extradited suspects are innocent until proven guilty. The political elite needs some assurance that there is a possibility of some suspects' returning.