Hope for Kenya

January 7, 2011

We have, for many years watched our country get raped by the rich and powerful while they manipulate the system and get away with all sorts of crime scot-free. Kenya must hold a record in the Guinness Book for the most unresolved atrocities to human kind. From political assassinations, tribal clashes, to the brink of genocide – name it, we got it.

When the glimmer of hope for justice after the 2008 post poll chaos comes in the name of the ICC, parliament wants out of the Rome Statute. In essence they want the anarchy, lawlessness and chaos that they are used to, where the rich and powerful commit crime and the dime buys them time off justice. There was even talk of raising legal fees for the Ocampo six. What baloney when we still have innocent Kenyans living in squalid camps after three years of displacement. Their crime – living with neighbours of different ethnicity.

Where is our hope Kenya? Our hope must come from beyond our borders. Our hope must come from the incorruptible. It must come from the almighty, the divine, the LORD and creator of earth. The just God. Pray that justice prevails in Kenya.

Resignations and prosecutions are not enough. We need to see even the rich and powerful in Kenya pay for their crime. That way it will dis-incentivize the public from believing in crime as a means to financial gain and prosperity as is common place in Kenya today.

Pray for the ICC and KACC that they may exercise their mandate impartially and that God may use them and other legal organs to bring justice and the hope of equity and rule of law in Kenya again.

I believe, do you?

How much is Kenya Worth?

July 14, 2010

In history freedom has more often than not been bought by blood shed. Pagan religions traditionally offered human sacrifices to appease their gods. It was considered a very valuable sacrifice. We Christians believe that Jesus Christ purchased our salvation by shedding his righteous blood. It would follow then human sacrifice is probably the highest form of sacrifice we can offer – you just can’t put a price on it.

A bewitchingly beautiful country in East Africa, blessed with breathtaking natural splendour was discovered by Arab traders as early as the 9th century. The Portuguese explorers arrived around the 16th century and violent battles for control of the now Kenyan coast between them and the Arabs ensued. Foreigners were killing each other for part of our land – how much value did they see in it to butcher each other for.

In the 19th century the British imperialists invaded and conquered the reigning Omani Arabs at the Kenyan coast and thereafter established colonial rule. They employed a strategy of divide and conquer using brutal means to contain any opposition.

Kenyan freedom fighters shed blood, lost their homes, were maimed and killed in the struggle for emancipation from imperialism. Clearly, both the imperial government and our freedom fighters had vested interests. However, each was fighting for a different cause but the prize was the same – Kenya.

In 1964, Kenya became a republic achieving full independence under Kenyatta’s presidency. Though the economy grew considerably, he set a precedent for cronyism and pillaging of our land and resources. His successor Moi took the cue from Kenyatta. Reading from the same script, he divided the country further and brought the economy to its knees. If corruption was a teenager in Kenyatta’s reign, it became fully grown in Moi’s.

After a euphoric victory in 2002 over Moi’s preferred successor Uhuru Kenyatta, Kibaki, Kenya’s 3rd president promised to quell corruption as he took his oath of office before a historical mammoth crowd at Uhuru Park.
Contrary to his premise, corruption thrived on his watch with scandal after scandal making headlines.

After Kibaki’s disputed re-election in 2007, violent protest and killings broke out which led to Kenya getting a coalition government with Raila Odinga becoming Prime Minister. This government seems like a coalition of criminals, built on blood shed from the 2007 post election violence as the tradition of looting public funds and property continues with no culprits apprehended.

How much is this country worth? How much innocent blood has to be shed because of “hunger for power”. It was started by the Arabs and the Portuguese, then the British and then our own leaders. Kenyatta’s rule saw many unresolved political assassinations as did Moi’s which added tribal clashes. Kibaki’s re-election in 2007 saw the bloodiest massacre and displacement of Kenyans in the history of independent Kenya.

Even now as we seek a new constitution, Kenyans have been killed in a grenade attack that was recorded on film.

All the killings that have happened for the control of this land have been perpetrated supervised, funded and promulgated by wealthy and powerful individuals. Of interest to note is that justice has eluded the victims of these injustices who would be called in one word – Kenyans.

It would seem those who gained the power forgot what it was like to be in the struggle for justice, Kenyatta, Moi, Kibaki, Raila and our honourable members of parliament – all at different times were on the other side – justice seekers. However, once in power, they all seem to forget the struggle and become self seekers. When will this madness stop?

How much is this country worth? Is Kenya showing it’s true worth? I say NO!
We need greater help, we need to give this country to God – The creator.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man (Ps 118:8). Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint (Prov 25:19). If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2Chron 7:14).

Let he who has an ear hear.

The church’s referendum conundrum

May 25, 2010

Yes and no have recently become the most common words in Kenya in the run-off to the referendum. The ‘yes’ campaign is headed by both the president and the prime minister while the ‘no’ campaign is headed by the church but enjoys support from Hon. William Ruto and Former president Moi among other big names in Kenyan politics.

In this era of democracy in Kenya, opposing sides should be allowed to voice their opinions without intimidation from any quarters.

This has not been the case especially whenever the church leaders front their ‘no’ position. Condemnation, hate speech, even media bias have characterized the responses the church’s stand has received.

Why is the nation seemingly fighting the church? There is no reason why the church leaders should not have a position on such a matter. However, the church leadership should be very careful about their campaigns because politicians opposed to the draft constitution because of partisan and corrupt interests are infiltrating their ranks and campaigning side by side with the church.

The church needs to borrow a leaf from the flower party, NARC KENYA, who are not holding their ‘yes’ campaigns together with government yet they are on the same side.

It is crystal clear that the church and the politicians are on the same side on the proposed draft constitution but for fundamentally different reasons.

The church should also remember that constitutions are not solutions to spiritual problems. Only salvation will change the hearts of men and turn them towards God. The bible in 2Tim 3 is clear about the last days – they will be terrible times characterized by blasphemy, disobedience to parents, lack of self control, loving pleasure rather than God, savageness, pride, lack of natural affection among other vices.

With this knowledge, the church should not be very surprised by the government stand on ethical issues like abortion but rather prepared for the fulfilment of biblical prophesy. If God said it then it will come to pass.

On a positive note, Acts 2:17 offers hope saying that in the last days, God will pour His Spirit upon all flesh and our sons and daughters will prophesy, our young men will see visions and old men shall dream dreams.

Therefore, the church should seek God earnestly and tell the nation what the LORD is saying concerning this country. Let’s pray

Dis-honourable members

May 11, 2010

After spending tax payers money drafting the constitution, the CoE’s work was taken to retreat after retreat in prestigious hotels spending further taxpayer millions only to leave the draft intact when it finally hit parliament. Now its up to Kenyans to vote in the referendum (so all may not be lost just yet).
Kenyans, will you give it a thumbs up or down?
As we ponder over that, ponder over the ruling class who we put into office. Are they representing your views? Are they doing the work we employed them to do?
60% of the current crop of MPs are new – they were not in the 9th parliament. Have we seen the change we believed they would make? I haven’t. Scandals galore, refusal to pay taxes, misuse of CDF millions, partisan  interests same ol same ol.
What to do? Kenyans this is our motherland. We need to go back to the drawing board and re-strategise. The other option is to turn over and play dead.

2012 is not that far off. I posit that we need to look for and groom true leaders with a heart for Kenyans, not a different crop of politicians with the same old agenda – my turn to eat.

Baby theft in Kenya – Kudos KTN

May 11, 2010

After KTN’s candid inside story on the 8-9th May 2010, aptly titled “stealing innocence” my mouth was aghast with horror seeing a woman (possibly a mother) and her accomplices steal and sell a newborn and worse still refuse to tell who the real mother of the baby was after they were caught. To imagine the baby’s mother was told her baby died and the pain and desperation she must be going through, yet these cold hearted baby thieves are walking our streets free on bail.
I guess it serves as a warning to all who intend to get babies. Never let the mother go alone to deliver, she MUST be accompanied by a trusted friend, relative or both so that she doesn’t become a victim. How many babies out there are stolen each day? How many others are living without their rightful parents? Is it a stretch to wonder if these thieves even stole the children they call their own if they are parents? Thank you KTN for such programming, we stand warned.

Bethuel Kiplagat, please step aside

April 23, 2010

Amb. Bethuel Kiplagat

Bethuel Kiplagat, I thought is our Kenyan version of Nelson Mandela. I must admit they look alike. But that’s all they seem to have in common these days. Mandela is a legend in his own lifetime, a man whose life is a reference when talking of purpose, vision, focus and host of other virtues.

Ambassador Kiplagat is a peace expert in his own right with international acclaim. I thought with such a background, one would know when to quit when dealing with volatile issues like the TJRC.

Why would an expert like Kiplagat refuse to quit an office which he can’t run effectively because of the antagonism coming from all directions including the public he has been appointed to serve?
I get the feeling he is under instructions from a higher power to stay put and fight all his detractors. Whatever the case, he looks more like a politician than a peace-maker. How do we get it into his head that we are not willing to work with him? If I were him I would have taken my dignity and quit while I was still ahead. Now he will be hounded out of office. Watch this space

Christians in politics

March 23, 2010
The Map of Kenya

Kenya

The bible in Genesis tells the story of Joseph son of Jacob; a Hebrew sold into slavery by his own brothers. He rose to become the governor of a foreign land, Egypt because God was with him. Joseph was a godly man and his government was phenomenal. He saved his country and the neighbouring nations from a devastating seven year famine.

Israel’s king David is another exemplary political leader who led his country to great prosperity. He revered and heeded godly counsel from God’s prophets all through his kingship and is described by the bible as a man after Gods heart.

The book of Daniel shows another godly man serving in a pagan kingdom. Daniel served in prominent positions but was unwilling to compromise his integrity even when his own life was at stake.

In Kenya, we have had Christians in parliament and government. Has their impact been felt? Currently we have a bishop Margaret Wanjiru, a former NCCK secretary general Mutava Musyimi among others in parliament. Have they made any difference? Where do church and politics meet? It has been said that William Ruto and Kalonzo Musyoka were born again.  Is their faith visible? What about Linah Jebii Kilimo? The list goes on.

I am asking, what difference have you Christian leaders made in our country? Where are the Daniels, in the Church – Godly leaders whose integrity is unquestionable? If politics will cost you your reputation as a Christian – quit!

Matuga saga

March 23, 2010

Chirau Ali Mwakwere

Matuga voter, Ayub Juma Mwakwesi, deserves kudos for legally dethroning former Transport Chirau Ali Mwakwere form his parliamentary seat. Mr. Mwakwere has been consistently under fire from different parts of Kenya for his inaction as minister for transport especially compared to the indefatigable former Transport Minister now Environment Minister, John Michuki.

Matuga constituents, I hope Mwakwere has served you better than he did the rest of Kenya. Here is your chance Matuga voters to elect someone else – not necessarily form a different party but a different MP.

Mwakwere, for you its good riddance.

Openletterskenya.

March 23, 2010

I have sentiments that need to be heard. Views that must be expressed without some editors nipping and tucking at them, to suit what they like to call house style or editorial policy, but is sometimes a smokescreen to protect vested business and partisan interests.

It is apparent that media houses are businesses like any others. Their motivation is profiteering. How do they make their money? Through advertising. As a result, they are culpable to compromise as is our human nature because as the saying goes you can’t bite the hand that feeds you.

Media houses have owners with links in politics and other big businesses. They protect their interests as a hen would her eggs. Where am I headed with this?

I am not saying that media are always compromised – no. I am however positing that in sensitive matters, they have shown partiality resulting to fatal consequences e.g. the Rwandan genocide which was fanned and escalated through the media and closer home the 2007 post election violence in Kenya which was fuelled by ethnic undertones propagated cleverly by some media.

Case and point – there is no such thing as independent media! He who pays the piper calls the tune.

That is the theme behind this blog. Open objective letters right, left and centre with no allegiances. Welcome to some healthy debate.


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