A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT
This is an open letter to the man we overwhelmingly voted for in 2002 while still in a wheelchair and then again 2007 the same guy who took power without our consent. For some, especially the Muthaiga golf buddies call him Mr. President while me and some of the men of clothe we call him the moribund president.
Mr. Moribund President, I am a citizen of this great republic of Kenya, by birth and profession. I do prescribe to the laws that govern this country and more so to the laws you as a person took an oath to preserve and protect by all means. As a citizen by profession, I have mastered the art of enduring the constant struggle that most of my Kenyan colleagues do face on a daily basis and of which most of them are as a result of the misfortunes that are taking place in your government.
Many critics including my close friends given a chance will defend you by all means even if it means losing an eye or even classifying their defense as a probono work to ensure your reputation is not soiled. As one of my best friends would argue that immediately you took power, you were able to restore the sanctity and dignity of our great city under the sun known as Nairobi. His main argument is that streets and building walls are no longer public toilets, people are no longer mugged in broad day light, women hand bags are no longer snatched and the highlights of them all is that finally a common man, can enter a government premises and be served without been told to wipe some ones hand with money. He also came up with another defense that development has taken place and that high state of roads have been constructed and given a name known as super highways. Employment rate has also increased with projects such as “kazi kwa vijana” where young men and women with degrees and other certificates are taken to dig holes, trenches, sweep roads and any other manual work available. As a person I have no problem with this system of work as it might give the young guys an opportunity to use their knowledge to invent new and better ways of digging the holes or even sweeping the roads.
I do agree that all these things have taken place under your regime and finally Kenya as a country has started to shine and be recognized by the international world. Also if I may be allowed to plaster your image with the good deeds you brought to our country I may only argue on the basis of democracy. To be more precise you have restored most of the 1st generation rights, such as the freedom of expression which I am faithfully ascribing to as I criticize you. But if allowed to follow this line of thought then my work of ensuring you stay to the right path will be lost automatically.
The good book tells us in one of the teachings that Jesus gave; there was one that was called the parable of the lost sheep. In this parable he asked, “If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety nine on the hill and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about the one sheep than about the ninety nine that did not wonder off. The reality is you have justified your leadership on the “ninety nine sheep” yet you have forgotten to go look for the one sheep known as the economic and social rights.
In our constitution Mr. President chapter 4, article 43 states that-
(1) Every person has the right-
a) To the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services, including reproductive health care;
b) To accessible and adequate housing, and to reasonable standards of sanitation;
c) To be free from hunger, and to have adequate food of acceptable quality;
d) To clean and safe water in adequate quantities;
e) To social security; and
f) To education……….
Mr. President if you allow me to refer to you like the way your golf buddies do then allow me to say that you have failed as completely. You have denied us this fundamental right. People who voted for you are dying every week. Some are getting burned, many are dying out of hunger yet your government has mastered the art of selective blindness and deafness saying that no Kenyan has died of hunger and that the fresh graves we saw from areas of North Eastern and other arid areas in our country are photo-shop, others are dying daily on the roads you are claiming will be a legacy of what people will remember you with, slums are mushrooming daily because people can’t afford a decent house, price of food is doubling every dawn of day, fuel prices are increasing despite having the energy regulatory commission, cheap liquor is killing our young generation as most of them are running on them to quench the thirst of poverty embracing them daily, the shilling is weaken and many other issues
Mr. President its time you go look for this sheep. Clear the bushes by firing this incompetent golf buddies who have mastered the ideology of vice as a virtue and virtue as a vice. If you choose to ignore then there will be no one to remember or write your history as most of it will be lying in the many graves of Kenyans that your government is responsible for.
Monthly Archives: September 2011
A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT
ICC CONFIRMATION HEARING- PART 1
The truth is something went wrong during the last general elections. And the only people who can tell us exactly what happened are the president, the prime minister and the former Electoral commissioners. These are the individuals who are supposed to come clean and apologize to the victims who were raped, attacked, displaced, the souls of who were killed during the civil disturbance and more so to the little children who died at kiamba church. Unfortunately this group of individuals happens to have inherited the heart of pharaoh and expecting this from them is like trying to define the true meaning of impossible. Fortunately God in His own wisdom invented the art of dealing with this kind of people, and sure enough He will deal with them in ways only pharaoh can narrate if he was alive.
Allow me to borrow some wisdom from the law of common sense and say that the ICC confirmation case was just a mere circus staged by Ocampo or rather a well played movie whose script was written by both the two principles and directed by Ocampo. This circus or movie is like a coin and it is where I hereby derive my two hypotheses about the confirmation hearing cases. The first hypothesis is about the executive and production director Mr. Ocampo. The guy came in town and immediately he was given a hero’s welcome; he was taken to the most luxurious hotel, given a limousine to be driven in, security and the worst, a tour guide by our idle ministers to see our culture and heritage which has been imbedded within the confirms of our national game parks or rather to witness the animals we spared during the civil disturbances of 2007/2008. Without leaving anything to chance we also gave a cheetah his name and that day Ocampo automatically became one of us. Later, he met with the two script writers and that was the day the fate of the six accused individuals was sealed. In real sense Ocampo never carried any investigations. The only things he used was the documents from Waki’s led commission and others from the Kenya national human rights commission and any other witness who became wise enough to enjoy the privilege given to an international witness so as run away from the poverty in our country.
Later, back in his office he did what we call cut and paste, combined with the script given by the two principles, Ocampo had a full movie to produce. Immediately he broadcasted the lead cast members having reduced the Waki list from 10 to 6 and the movie was good to go.
This brings me to my second hypothesis. As any cast member would do, they accepted their role to impersonate the real characters who happen in this case to be none other than the two principles. They boldly called for media briefings saying how they were not consulted when the cast members were been chosen and neither did they go for any auditions. With courage and support from their brothers and sisters in parliament they decided to take the bull by its horns. When Ruto took the stand and started to speak of how patriotic he is and how this movie was scripted to kill his political ambitions I almost shed tears and if given a chance I would have come up to an unanimous verdict of not guilty. But the interesting part came when the defense counsel of Mr. Kosgey played their role. When other counsels tried to defend all the three accused guys, Mr. Kosgey’s counsel only spoke of their guy alone and making him to be the saint of them all. At first I was bitter and angry with Mr. Kosgey but then I had a moment and remembered a story of two hens, where one was blind and the other had a very sharp eye sight. The blind hen was very hard working and it would scratch everywhere to get food. But the other hen was indeed wise and lazy and all it deed was to keep its manicured nails clean by letting the other blind hen do all the scratching and all it did was to follow closely and eat from the same spot the other blind hen scratched. In my own school of thought this was a bright and dangerous move displayed by Mr. Kosgey.
In the scenario at court it was a brilliant move but back at home guys have realized that he is not a man to rely on or be trusted as he is playing from the same card inherited from his trainer Mr. Raila.
Will these cases be confirmed? To my own analysis they may or may not and if confirmed they will not necessarily indicate that the guys are guilty but it will be on the basis of trying to put a stop on impunity as it was evidently displayed in the court when guys were laughing even when not tickled.
In reality Ocampo did a shady work and we all saw that but unfortunately this shady work of his in the name of having sufficient evidence made all of us including those in the camps look bad. The justice we all waited for has turned out to be a game of circus from Mr. Ocampo and in the same mood of fear that nothing good may come out from Ocampo. I hereby wish to extend my right and privilege of having a constitution and urge the Director of public prosecution and the chief justice to put in place a local tribunal where both the small and big perpetrators of the post election violence will be tried. And with this in place justice will prevail in Kenya.
This is an open letter to our men of clothe, men who have been given the heaviest task to ensure that each and every one of us enters his or her second season of life in heaven when his cheque has been declared null and void because his life account has been closed here on earth. this includes the murderers -the likes of Osama bin laden, the likes of Idi Amin, Cain one of the sons of Adam and Eve or even the likes of mother Teresa.ooh yee men of clothe may this find you when you are of good health and your spiritual cups are all full of God’s tolerance ,peace , love and unity. Please allow me to go straight to the point and ask you men of clothe a few questions-what happens when the referendum is over and those who are in support of the new draft have either won or lost the election. Please allow me to also play as your advocates. I believe you will all go back to your respective roles of preaching the gospel, helping the sick and also expanding your ministry through missions and outreach to areas such as Moyale Mandera Garissa and the likes?? On to my second question what happens to our diverse religions such as the Islam, Hindu, Christianity and the rest? Will there still be unity, tolerance and understanding amongst them? These two questions bring me to the proclaimed contentious issue of kadhi’s court.
Please allow me to quote a clause on the constitution so that us I play as your advocates I will be protected by the rule of law….”the jurisdiction of a Kadhi’s court shall extend to the determination of questions of Muslim law relating to personal status, marriage, divorce or inheritance in proceedings in which all the parties profess the Muslim religion.” Good men will you let such provision divide us because no Christian has been included to these provision or what is your argument? I to as your advocate am a bit confused with your argument. But let me think without the box- is the article of kadhi’s court a soft ground for the introduction of shariah law in Kenya as one of my brothers from church was trying to convince me? I don’t think so as my knowledge on history clearly tells me there are a clear distinction between sharia law and kadhi’s courts and if its true then we must woo the Muslims so that if any thing was to happen as my brother was telling me then they will allows us to have our Christian courts which will only serve those who profess the Christian faith. What do you think? But then if this was not to happen and maybe this constitution was taking place during the time of Jesus and the saw called men of clothe during his time ‘the Pharisees” approach him and ask him what was his take on the issue of the kadhi’s court. I do believe your guess is as good as mine as he will say give unto the Muslim what belongs to them. Let me take my defense further and explain with a story……In the ancient Chinese court of the Wei kingdom there was a man name Mi Tzu-hsia who had a reputation for supreme civility and graciousness.
He became the rulers favourite.It was a law in Wei that “whoever rides secretly in the ruler’s coach shall have his feet cut off,” but when Mi tzu-hsia’s mother fell ill, he used the royal coach to visit her, pretending that the ruler had given him permission. When the ruler found out, he said, “How dutiful is Mi Tzu-hsia! For his mother’s sake he even forgot that he was committing a crime making him liable to loose his feet!” Another time the two of them took a stroll in an orchard. Mi tzu-hsia began eating a peach that he could not finish and he gave the ruler the other half to eat. The ruler remarked, “You love me so much that you would even forget your own saliva taste and let me eat the rest of the peach. Later, envious fellow courtiers, spreading word that Mi tzu-hsia was actually devious and arrogant, succeeded in damaging his reputation, the ruler came to see his actions in a new light, “This fellow once rode in my coach under pretense of my order, “he told the courtiers angrily, “and another time he gave me a half –eaten peach, “for the same action Mi tzu-hsia had to suffer the penalties!
Please allow me to interpret!
Men of clothe you have ruined your reputation!
For this your feet will be cut off, Final!
And this brings me back to my first question how will you spread the good gospel to areas such a Garissa? Will they allow you? You tell me? And to my final word Islam dialect are now found on cakes, meat and even immediate born kids! Are the god’s speaking!