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    Kenyan-Born Professor Defends Criticism of Kenya’s Leadership

    Law professor Makau Mutua writes articles critical of Kenya's president and deputy president in Kenya newspapers Law professor Makau Mutua writes articles critical of Kenya's president and deputy president in Kenya newspapers
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    Law professor Makau Mutua writes articles critical of Kenya's president and deputy president in Kenya newspapers
    Law professor Makau Mutua writes articles critical of Kenya's president and deputy president in Kenya newspapers
    James Butty
    A Kenyan-born professor in the United States declares he is not calling for regime change in Kenya,  but believes having a leader under indictment is not good governance. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto face charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly coordinating the 2007 post-election violence during which more than 1,000 people were killed. 

    Makau Mutua has commented in Kenya newspapers that he has serious doubts about the legitimacy of both men to serve as leaders of Kenya.  He lamented last year’s election of Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto. 

    Mutua is dean of the State University of New York's law school in Buffalo, New York. He teaches human rights and international law, has written books on Kenya and served in Kenya on a constituional commission and a task for truth and reconciliation.   
     
    “These two individuals, as you know, were elected in 2013 while they were under indictment. I have not made a secret of it, but I thought the election was highly compromised, most probably stolen," he told VOA. "In any case, I think it was wrong for Kenyans to elect individuals who are indicted for crimes against humanity.  And so, I have serious questions about the legitimacy of the regime under Kenyatta and Ruto,” he said.
     
    Mutua would not directly say whether he has been calling for regime change in writings, as claimed by his critics.  But, he again said the ICC should continue to pursue both men for crimes against humanity.
                       
    “I think that you will agree with me that having a leader of a country who is under indictment by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity is not a good thing,” he said.
     
    He accused the African Union of adopting a hypocritical position when it comes to the ICC and Kenya and the Ivory Coast.
     
    “The African Union position is not only hypocritical, it is very, very sad and it’s really a position that supports impunity.  At the same time, the AU is speaking out of both sides of its mouth. On the one hand, it supports the ICC process against former President (Laurent) Gbagbo of the (Ivory) Coast, while opposing the trial of Mr. Kenyatta,” Mutua said.
     
    Accused of spreading ethnic hatred

    David Nyekorach Matsanga, chief executive officer of the Pan-African Forum and Africa World Media, called Mutua a “paper mercenary”, who through his weekly columns in the Sunday Nation newspaper and most recently in the Sunday Standard has been spreading ethnic hatred and calling for a regime change in Kenya similar to Egypt and Tunisia.
     
    Matsanga said he and others have decided to defend Africa and Kenya against what he calls Mutua’s malaise.
     
    “In the last three weeks, I have seen Professor Makau Mutua pen several dangerous articles that can bring this nation called Kenya to a regime change, articles that can actually divide the people of Kenya.  

    "And, therefore, I have decided, with very many people, that on a weekly basis we shall be penning a leaflet so that every day we shall bring out the facts according to what he has written in his weekly Sunday articles,” Matsanga said.

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    by: gichora from: kenya
    June 12, 2014 1:33 AM
    #someonetellmutua that Tinga will never taste presidency Thea4 mutua will never be kenya's AG nor cabinet secretary for constitutional affairs

    by: Kuria from: Rwanda
    June 10, 2014 7:05 PM
    I am so disappointed by Mutua. Surely when will you develop mental independence and make objective arguments other than being a puppet of western countries coz of salary.You are a disgrace to the learned community.

    by: Kamau from: Nairobi
    June 09, 2014 11:47 PM
    I used to read Makau mutua articles by they are full of tribalism n he seems he write on behalf of western countries. He's eva negative about uhuru n ruto. East or west home is sweet.

    by: Wanjiru from: Usa
    June 04, 2014 8:52 AM
    It's important for people to remember that Kenyan went to vote willing and made their choice known. The opposition went to court and lost!!!!!! This is the Kenyan leaders democratically elected and regardless of what the Tobias think we must respect and support them. Quit your criticisms and be patriotic to your country

    by: ALEX MOMANYI from: USA
    May 28, 2014 10:19 PM
    LET ME SET YOUR SELECTIVE ACUSATION STRAIGHT--THE CANDIDATES WERE KIBAKI AND RAILA ,SECOND,THE VIOLENCE WHICH TOOK PLACE IN KISUMU WAS NOT CARRIED OUT BY KALENJINS BUT LUOS, SO,THE REAL PEOPLE WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO GO ICC FIRST ARE KIBAKI AND RAILA,SINCE THESE OTHERS WORKED UNDER THEIR ORDERS, LET ME REMIND YOU THAT MAJORITY OF OUR MP'&SENATOR HAVE BEEN IN THE OPPOSITION AND YOU AND I KNOW THEIR PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN PATHETIC---EVEN ASIMPLE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, LIKE PARTY ELECTIONS IN ODM PARTY, WAS A FIASCO--SO,WHEN YOU WILL WRITE NEXT TIME REMEMBER WE ARE OUT HERE AND WE WILL CORRECT WHATEVER IS NOT RIGHT OR A MISSING FACT. ALSO REMEMBER YOUR ABORTED CONFERENCE WITH O'CAMPO AND CURRENT PROSECUTOR .

    by: janet kio from: Alberta canada
    May 25, 2014 2:09 PM
    Mr.Makau Mutua a kenya born. why dont you help your kamba people by developing their area and the way the live, why dont you help them get out of witchcraft theories and start walking like any other God fearing kenyans who trust the living God, As said birds of the same feathers flokes together the luo and kamba will never grow up unless they drop their heathen gods, stop attacking your country help your fellow kenyan to build kenya. what is the difference between you and Judas Iscariot.

    by: kennedy from: Nairobi
    May 23, 2014 3:04 AM
    Makau Mutua is a Kenyan who has seen something we refuse to see.If the Jubilee government is genuinely in office by the will of God it shall surmount all the pressure.When people of Israel forced Samuel to give them a king,God allowed him to do so but what happened after that?Saul turned on his people and was eventually rejected by God.People of Kenya must accept facts and not burry their head in the sand.This pair are held up by only one cause.ICC Indictment and they had no agenda for kenya.Where on earth are people still dying of hunger and yet a leader signs off billions of shillings on dubious contract? Where on earth does a leader receive a call and overule his own secretary's agenda on National Tv because a senator has intrest? We must have a regime change.

    by: valentine muthoki from: nairobi
    May 20, 2014 8:21 AM
    Makau Mutua has no right to tell Kenyans who or who not to elect. every one has the right to vote and for his information the elections were not compromised as it has been decided by our very competent court. what our president and his vice are being charged of are personal business that they will deal with at a very personal level. as long as the deliver their promise to Kenyan s then i have no issue with them, and to the best of my knowledge the president and his deputy remain innocent until proven otherwise

    by: kjoseph from: thika
    May 20, 2014 6:08 AM
    Mutua is not the one indited at the ICC yet he writes too much, Try to demonize our duly elected leaders, we are the ones who voted them in PERIOD. The people who had a problem about this went to a court of law where they were proved wrong.
    Even the devil was thrown out of this by Jesus. What will YOU fellow do? If anything do quickly.

    by: James from: Nairobi
    May 19, 2014 11:38 PM
    Mutua is a professor for hire he is on payroll of foreign masters we know them
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