Monday, May 30, 2011

The Catholic Church should cleanse its house

The recent accusation of a priest Renato Kizito of sexually abusing his secretary is shocking but not strange, because this is not the first time he is accused of sexual abuse. In 2009 he was accused of sexually abusing minors at the orphanage he runs at Dagoretti Corner in Nairobi. The secretary underwent a medical examination which confirmed he had been sexually assaulted. Fr. Kizito was also examined by Police Surgeon Zephania Kamau, but was later released when police said the results were Negative. Corruption is still rife in this country especially in the force, if the secretary’s result were positive then it means he was sexually abused and the last person he met before he was drugged was the priest, so who it fooling who?

Many Catholic priests have been accused World wide of sexual abuse, a lot has been said about Brothers and Sisters in the Catholic community, but many have not been reported. There have been claims of Fathers and Brothers fathering children, having girlfriends or abusing their flock. There are many rumors about Sisters and Nuns sleeping with Fathers/Brothers or even the Sisters in Catholic institutions, some even have their uterus removed and even take ARVs. Where there is smoke there is fire, therefore these rumors could be true.

It seems like many are entering in the Priesthood, Brotherhood and becoming Nuns for their own benefit or shying away from family responsibilities, it is no longer a calling. The idea of priests not getting married to serve Christ selflessly is Biblical. Apostle Paul also served God without marrying, in 1st Corinthians chapter 7 he said “It is good for a man not to marry, but since there is so much immorality each man should have his own wife and each woman her husband”. In Verse 8 and 9 he goes on to say “Now to the unmarried and the widow I say; it is good for them to stay unmarried as I am. But if they cannot control themselves they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. I believe this is why there are splinter groups in the Catholic Church now. We remember Archbishop Emmanuel Mlingo of Zambia who married a Korean Wife Maria Sung and ordained other married priests in the US. Godfrey Shiundu formerly of Kitale Diocese was wedded by a German minister who was a former priest. Shiundu joined a splinter church called Reformed Catholic Church (RCC), which is a US based Catholic breakaway group.

Mathew7:3 say “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” I can say the Catholic Church Worldwide is good at correcting the society. We recently saw it in Kenya when the Catholic Church questioned the morality of new judiciary nominees Chief Justice with a stud in his ear which signifies he is gay and Deputy Chief Justice who support abortion. I think it is high time the Catholic flock led by Pope Benedict XVI start removing the speck in their own eyes, pray for repentance and cleansing of its shepherds then remove the speck from the society. The Catholic Church has the highest following of Christians in the World, it would be sad for them to be led to hell than to Heaven.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Family of Samuel Wanjiru wrangles before burial

The tragic death of Samuel Wanjiru the first Kenyan to win an Olympic Marathon was very unfortunate, a sad end to a World Champion, a life and a promising career cut prematurely. Nevertheless it happened and cannot be reversed. Now Kenyans and the World are waiting for his burial, but it is not known when it will take place why? The answer is obvious, when a prominent man dies, there will always be issues about his death and the most common one is he was killed. If he was married the first culprit is the wife. Even in obvious circumstances where there is a witness to prove that the wife was not involved, like the case of Samuel Wanjiru were there was another woman involved the barmaid who even gave her side of story. The wife will always be blamed because in African set up a man never dies a natural death or of an accident, he is always killed. The first person to cast an accusing finger is normally the mother-in-law, then other in laws. I know in some cases the in laws are right but it is only in rare cases, hence investigations in such cases is appropriate.

Hannah Wanjiru, Samuel`s mother is just behaving like all mothers in law when they loose their sons in tragic circumstances. I think it is high time someone drummed some sense in us women with sons, we get blames from our mothers-in-law for problems with their sons not only death, then when our sons grow old we behave the same way with our daughters in law. It is not always the daughters in laws to blame for problems in the family but men are also to blame for interfering with the family set up by getting into affairs with other women. The worst is bringing them in the house like what happened on the night Wanjiru died.

These burial disputes mostly arise when a person is rich, if Samuel Wanjiru was a poor man, his death and burial would not have been an issue.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Today is Doomsday? I don’t think so

According to Harold Camping the President of Family Radio and a preacher in California, the World comes to an end today the 21st of May 2011. I do not believe this is true and before his followers brand me a doubting Thomas, I quote the word that contradicts his prediction.

He is right the signs of the End Times are all around us. Jesus said, “…Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.” Luke 21:10-11. Just look at this chronology of MAJOR earthquakes (excludes 100’s of powerful earthquakes with smaller fatalities) over the last twenty years: Also in In Matthew 24:7, Jesus said, “There shall be famines, and pestilences [strange diseases], and earthquakes in diverse places.”

Jesus foretold in Matthew 24:5 that “Many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Thousands, in their search for certainty, turn to cults, to false christs and false prophets who recruit many to follow them. Jesus warned in Matthew 24:24, “There shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders.” Jesus Christ also said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be before the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37. What was it like in Noah’s day before the flood? Here’s the answer: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence” Genesis 6:11. “And God said to Noah, the end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” Genesis 6:13.

There is a lot in the Bible about the End Times but it is also said the time and day is not known (Matthew 24:36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”) There are many false prophets these days, so we will only know by the end of today if Harold Camping is the Noah of today or is a false prophet.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Judiciary appointments

The live interviews of Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice and Director of Public Prosecutions was quiet historical in Kenya. Consequently the choices of Dr. Willy Mutunga an activist for CJ, Nancy Barasa for Deputy CJ and Keriako Tobiko as DPP was a great relief from the common names and friends of top politicians as is the norm in Kenya. The tribal choices and balance was also a good move after the war between PNU (Presidents party) and ODM (Prime Ministers party) over -the previous nominations.

This is the way forward for reforms in Kenya; let those opposed to the appointments stops taking us back because we want to move on, even the President and the Prime Minister approved the appointments “Who do they think they are?” This is the trend set, therefore all major Government jobs should be advertised and go through the same process.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Museveni violating Besigye’s rights

I just don’t have the right words to describe this Ugandan leader. In this time and age of democratization of the World, it is very sad for a country to be lead by such a Stone Age leader. After forcefully taking over Uganda in 1986 and making it stable, the most prudent thing for him was to make the country democratic, but what he’s been doing now is taking back Uganda our beloved neighbor into what it used to be in the days of Iddi Amin. The events that have taken place in Uganda this past week are not pleasant at all; it’s disgusting to see Museveni forces treating Besigye the opposition leader like an alien in his own country. What is wrong if Besigye decides to walk to work and other citizens join him? Why arrest a citizen who decides to use his legs instead of wheels to get to work? If it is wrong then it means there is no freedom of movement in Uganda. Besigye is in Kenya for specialized treatment, he is scared Museveni could be trying to kill him. Coincidentally Museveni was also in Kenya attending a function last week, he says Besigye should have informed the police that he will be walking to work, what a shameful statement.

That is sad for a country were there is no freedom of expression and now they get shot for walking to work. What a pity, this is the time I can proudly say “Najivunia Kua Mkenya” (which means I am proud to be Kenyan). At least we have freedom of movement, expression and though I cannot say our Government is very democratic, at least our President cannot be compared to some dictators in African like Museveni. We feel it in Kenya because our people are also detained in Uganda as suspected terrorists as well as a Muslim rights activist. I do not support terrorism but the law says everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Yes they could have been terrorists but why lock up the Muslim rights activist Al-Amin Kimathi,who went to Uganda to check on their case, what crime has he done.

I say pole sana to our brothers and sisters in Uganda but to Museveni, no one knew Mubarak would be forced to step down, Gbagbo would be smoked out of his bunker, Gadafi would be holed up in his Palace, Osama would be killed. His day is coming.

High Cost of Living in Kenya

The move by Government to remove excise duty on basic commodities like kerosene, maize, wheat and cutting fuel prices is much welcome. However there is still very little impact on the prices in the shops. Kenyans are mostly affected by the cost of our main food Maize meal (Unga); just two month ago Unga was Kshs65 now its Kshs100 this is a very big margin compared to most people’s income. Public transport has also become a big burden to Kenyans, it seems like this sector is not controlled by the Government. They have hiked fares due to rising fuel prices but the problem is the fares are not constant; they keep raising the fares as they please making life more miserable for Kenyans. The Government should stop these PSVs from exploiting Kenyans.

Workers left Uhuru Park (the venue for Labor Day celebrations) disappointed by the offer from the Government. I knew they could not give a 60% salary increment as COTU Chairman had demanded. COTU Chairman Atwoli and Lawyer Muite expressed their disappointment at Senior Government officials especially the two Principals for not attending the function. As usual Atwoli gave a strong speech condemning the Government and threatening mass action if the Government does not go by their wish. I just thought he’s lucky to be a Kenyan, if he was in the land of Kaguta Museveni he would be roughed up immediately and jailed without trial.

Lack of adequate rain this season is also a major set back to Kenyans and we just hope for a miracle.