December 22, 2017,
In what can be described as a foreign policy goof— Kenya became the laughing stock of the world when its representative to the UN General Assembly disappeared during a crucial vote on the rejection of the USA’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Donald Trump earlier this month make a major foreign policy pronouncement in which he declared that the United States of America will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.
It was highly anticipated that Kenya would vote along the USA and Israel in the General Assembly due to the support that the Jubilee government have received from the current USA administration and from Benjamin Netnyahu who braved embarassment to grace the swearing in of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the 28th of November 2017.
Trump administration has also been seen to support the Jubilee government if the caution that have been coming from the State Department to Prime Minister Raila Odinga is anything to go by.
It will be difficult to understand where the ‘heart’ of our government lies and where our national interests lies in this weighty matter. Keen observers of the Israeli-Palestine crisis and the peace efforts that have been conducted would agree that Jerusalem was one of the pending issues in the negotiations and therefore President Trump was bound to face an uphill task to sell his decalration to any right thinking Nation in the world.
That kenya chose to ‘disappear’ instead of making its stand known is a sign of an incoherent foreign policy on weighty matters of the world and one of the divisive issues of our time and hence Kenya comes out as a not so dependable ally in the eyes of many.
It is also clear that Kenya is only one of the few African countries that disappeared during this crucial vote.