I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition. It is a national feeling of fear and frustration that could result in national moral suicide and the end of everything moral that we Kenyans hold dear. It is a condition that comes from the lack of effective leadership in either the Legislative Branch or the Executive Branch of our Government. I write as briefly as possible because too much harm has already been done with irresponsible words of bitterness and selfish political opportunism. I write as briefly as possible because the issue is too great to be obscured by eloquence. I write simply and briefly in the hope that my words will be taken to heart.
I write as a Christian. I write as young Kenyan I write as a Blogger. Kenyan politics has long enjoyed a long and respected history deliberate politics, well over 48 years But recently that deliberative character has too often been debased to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination sheltered by the shield of position in society.It is strange that politicians can verbally attack the church in a public confirmation hearing without restraint and with full protection, yet they hold themselves above the same type of criticism from a tired tax paying Kenyan public.
I think that it is high time for the Kenyan Parliament and its members do some soul-searching—for them to weigh their consciences—on the manner in which they perform their duty for the people of Kenya—on the manner in which they use and abuse their individual powers and privileges.Those of them who shout the loudest about democracy and freedom yet are the quickest in making aspersions against the moral standing clergy .So called champions of democracy who are all too frequently by their own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of democracy:
The right to criticize;
The right to hold unpopular beliefs;
The right of independent thought.
The exercise of these rights should not cost one single clergyman or woman his or her reputation.Many Kenyan Christians are sick and tired of being afraid to speak their political minds lest they be politically smeared as “Anti reformist” or “blockers of the constitution ” by their opponents. Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in Kenya It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.The Kenyan people are sick and tired of seeing THE CHURCH smeared and the morally guilty people whitewashed. But there have been enough proved cases, such as the REFERENDUM HATE SPEECH CASES,to cause the nationwide distrust and strong suspicion that there may be nothing to the unproved, sensational accusations by parliamentary chatterboxes like Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba and Gwassi MP John Mbadi.
As a Kenyan, I say to our leaders –Today our country is being psychologically divided by the confusion and the suspicions that are bred in Parliament and spread like cancerous tentacles. A tragedy of “know nothing, suspect everything the Church says” attitudes. Today we have a political system that has developed a mania for loose talking and even worse loose thinking & zero ideas. History repeating itself of another civilization death happening in slow motion.
As a young man I am not proud of the way in which the parliament has been made a publicity platform for irresponsible sensationalism. I am not proud of the reckless abandon in which unproved charges have been hurled at the church and others opposing the Mutunga confirmation by people like Gwassi MP John Mbadi. I am not proud of the obviously staged, undignified counter charges that have been attempted in retaliation to serious concerns that have been raised against Dr Mutunga.I don’t like the way some parliamentary committee members have made a rendezvous for vilification, for selfish cheap political gain at the sacrifice of church reputations and national morality. I am not proud of the way MPs smear the Clergy.As a Kenyan, I am shocked at the way MPs alike are playing directly into the selfish design of “confuse, divide, and conquer.” as exhibited by questions asked by Rachael Wambui Shebesh .
As a Kenyan I don’t want a judicial “whitewash” or “cover-up” any more than a want a smear or witch hunt.It is with these thoughts that I have drafted what I call “Cruel Necessity Of Truth”.Because it is that truth I speak and hope for .Let it be on the record as Kenyans we have a right to hold different views and it is high time for the sake of democracy that some of our leaders accept that .Today’s [Monday]hearings were nothing but a farce.It seems today parliament was not interested in the Church’s opinion and only sought to have hearings to rubber stamp Dr Willie Mutunga as the next Chief Justice regardless of what those who oppose his nomination had to say.
As a young Kenyan I tell you .It is time politicians put aside all foolishness,grandstanding and arrogance.Apart from Sophia Abdi and chairman Abdikadir Mohammed incidentally Muslims who showed respect for the church the rest of the committee members present on Monday were a complete and total disgrace.