Africa: Kenyatta Summit Speech Tipping Point in Africa-West Relations


“More than ever, our destiny is in our hands.” This was Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s clarion call in a fiery speech to an extraordinary summit of African leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 12.
As they used to say in the Old American South, this was no ordinary moment when a “negro was letting off steam”.
The speech was delivered with the no-nonsense tone of Kenya’s new virulently nationalistic and pan-African foreign policy.
Kenyatta’s “destiny speech” had familiar echoes to Winston Churchill’s eternal “Finest Hour” speech delivered on June 18 1940 when Hitler’s imminent invasion became a great danger to Britain’s survival.
Kenyatta seized the AU summit as a moment “to reflect on significant matters relating to the welfare and destiny of our nations and peoples.”
Like Churchill, Kenyatta sees the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) and its American and European supporters as the greatest threat to Africa’s freedom, sovereignty and prosperity since the demise of colonialism.
Despite the imminent threat posed to him and Kenya by the ICC, Kenyatta was not a cry-baby in the speech to his African peers.
Rather, in its distinct tone of a fiery African nationalist, the speech is reminiscent of those of his own father, …

Source: AllAfrica News: Africa


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