Back in 2013, I founded a community website that would bring together law students where they would meet and discuss about ICC matters. After one month of founding the website, it was invaded by hate mongers. All that people were discussing in the community was about tribal politics. Therefore, I closed it because the website was not meeting my objective and was dividing Kenyans along tribal lines.
November 10, 2014, I received information from one of Kenyayote campus reporters at Strathmore University that some two law students at Strathmore University had visited The Hague, Netherlands. At first, I was stunned because I thought the visit was related to the ongoing Kenya post election violence case at the ICC. I thought that Bensouda had stretched her hand to students only to learn that it was not the case.
Patrick Kimani a law student at Strathmore University and his classmate had spent their internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
The first question that Patrick and his classmate were asked when they arrived at the tribunal center is: “are you marathoners?” Perhaps this shows how our athletes have created a good brand name about Kenya globally. One of the Germany staff at the Evidence Unit at the Registry of the Tribunal did not also miss to great them in some few Kiswahili which he might have learnt during the hearing process… “Habari Yako!..”
Asked to describe their experience at the Heague, Patrick indicated that he learnt that the International Criminal Tribunal is an amazing place to be with simple staff members. It is also the best place to learn about justice process and world peace. The only challenge of working at a multi national setting is cultural differences which affect positive communication.
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