Editorial-Mutunga Hearings:Disgust &The Cruel Necessity Of Truth

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Joe Ndungu

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4 thoughts on “Editorial-Mutunga Hearings:Disgust &The Cruel Necessity Of Truth

  1. Well written, well said.

    I feel sad that in the desire to ‘wash clean’ the judiciary, the signal being sent is that not a single current judge in both the high court & court of appeal is clean. Can this be true?

    One of the requirements of the job of both chief justice & deputy chief justice is experience. Sadly, both nominees have written a single judgement, how can they have passed an interview which requires experience that they do not have? If they are confirmed, we might be in for a very interesting time where the very things that others were criticized for become their method of passing judgement. Don’t get me wring, I enjoy change, but the leadership must demonstrate that they understand the task at hand. I am sure that even within the magistrates circles there are some who are upright, have demonstrated fairness in their application of the law, and written judgements that are very well reasoned. This ain’t like medicine where a hospital administrator need not practise medicine, though it would be desirable since the head would understand where the professionals are coming from, the CJ & deputy CJ must write judgements even as they are administrators of both the justice system & the supreme court.

    It is indeed sad when the desire for change so clouds the path that it isn’t visible.

  2. its indeed sad when you display your biased bigotry that the clergy should not be villified for the stand they take like they are above moral probity and criticism? its not to be lost on all that its the failure of the clergy in their duties as the kowtow with the politicians and fall over them as they take sides that we lost faith in the clergy but not the church!! we have to separate those two first if we are to get anywhere. The clergy does not embody the church and neither does the church embody the clergy!! we the people are the church we make up the church not the clergy as you try to allude. go back and look at your Christianity and look out on where u stopped worshiping God and went for the clergy!!!! Suffice to say our politicians lost the plot long tym ago and we never look upto them in any way for morality or otherwise!! so my fellow young kenyan hakuna feelings this is just the logical thing to see : Sisi ndio wakenya na sisi ndio kanisa so they are mere mortals like any other not above or below criticism!

  3. Good article; but in all sense of fairness I don’t think its only the politicians tainting the church’s image.

    For that, I would put the blame squarely on the church, it is important not to forget the same church has been lying on the same bed with the same politicians and now they claim sainthood.

    Secondly religious factions do not make up the entire nation, they have had their say and that doesn’t mean that’s what Kenyans actually want. This has been demonstrated before during the referendum.

    Lastly you also have to consider that there have been allegations of corruption in the church and especially in land matters; lobbied against the church. That could also explain their discomfort.

  4. @AEM- I concur -the whole process is a stage managed rubber stamp process.The ineptitude of MPs,lark of decorum and the asking Church representatives invalid questions was alarming.Apart from Sophia Abdi and chairman Abdikadir Mohammed(oddly the Muslims on the committee) the rest were a disgrace.

    @anonymous – What part of the article on the right of Church representatives right to criticize;right to hold unpopular beliefs and right of independent thought didnt you understand.I have never worship the clergy and never will.I worship God and respect those called to do his will.Kama nyinyi – the majority are Kenya and the Kanisa as you say .Then this country is doomed because even the democratic principles you believe in you do not understand or practice.

    @WME- ‘Religious Factions’ like you said may not represent the the entire nation but they deserve the respect due to every Kenyan.It is very sad that The Muslims on the committee showed more respect to Christian Leaders than the so called parliamentary representatives of the ‘christian majority religious faction’ .No wonder this country has gone to the dogs.

    Joe

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