An open letter to the Kenyan parliament

Dear Hon Members of Parliament

Parliament  Road, Nairobi

I hope you have been well this many days.

Five years ago, we elected you to represent us in the august house. In those five years, we as a nation ushered in a new constitution aimed at streamlining government operations promoting fairness and equity and making a government for the people by the people. In the days after its promulgation, you have viciously put road blocks in its implementation and in many instances acted in utter disregard of the law we overwhelmingly voted for. You get an F for that.

One of you, Muthutho, with your help brought to the house a law aimed at regulating when I can drink my beer. He claimed the aims of this act was to ensure among other things education on dangers of alcohol, and restricting access to persons under the age of 18 which are noble but not useful. This law like many others that encourage prohibition help line police wallets with money they collect as bribes whenever they harass hardworking citizens having one for the road. It is time this law is repealed. The law ought to be repealed or abolished all together and local brews should be legalized.

Since the days of the current parliament are numbered, allow me to address those who will be elected to serve in the august house come March 2013. Your first order of day should be to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational use. As it stands, the only people who benefit from its prohibition are the police and the drug dealers. I want to be able to plant my own green garden when and if I feel so without fear of arrest.

While at it, would you also decriminalize prostitution, think about it, a few members of the august house have in the past been caught pants down enjoying services of CSW. I think it would benefit you a lot if they were not treated as criminals.

As you make amendments to the constitution, you must revisit Chapter 4: The Bill of Rights and look especially to repeal

45 (2) Every adult has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex, based on the free consent of the parties.

I know the churches will make noise on this one, but the church doesn’t marry. It should keep away from the affairs of adults. We must not bury our heads in the sand and continue to pretend there are no LGBTs in our society. This article is to be repealed to read Every adult has a right to marry a person of their own choosing based on free consent of the parties. Or do away with it all together.

I also suggest that you remove from the constitution Articles 26 (2, and 4), these two issues are beyond the scope of your mandate. They are philosophical and ethical questions that shouldn’t have a place in our supreme law since as you and me know, in section 4, will be decided by the person carrying the pregnancy and on 2 when life begins is a question of science. Please aspire to separate religion from supreme law. Not every citizen is a Catholic.

(2) The life of a person begins at conception.

(4) Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.

Lastly, please don’t increase your salaries and allowances. Please vote to have them reduced to reflect the state of our economy and to be taxed on your generous allowances that we keep paying you.

Thank you.

Concerned citizen.

N:B- Please don’t stir ethnicity, encourage corruption and nepotism but be paragons of virtue, aspire to create equality and better management of our resources and if anything please do everything in your power to unite the people of this country. You have more airtime than I ever could gain, make it your duty to teach all and sundry to be citizens of the Universe and brother of mankind. It is behest on us to fight ravages of global warming and aggression between nations, I hope you are up to the task.

An open letter to the Kenyan voter

Chapter 7 of the constitution, article 83 (1)a, b,c gives the qualifications for one to be registered as a voter. The IEBC for the past 20 days have set registration centres within counties for the purpose of registering voters. It is a civic duty to take part in politics and chose how it is you want to be governed. It is the only way you can choose representatives[whether they actually represent us is a different issue]. I hope that all those eligible to vote have registered or are in the process of doing so.

The same constitution in Chapter 6 on leadership and Integrity states among others the following,

73. (1) Authority assigned to a State officer—
(a) is a public trust to be exercised in a manner that—
(ii) demonstrates respect for the people;
(iii) brings honour to the nation and dignity to the office;
(iv) promotes public confidence in the integrity of the
office; and

(b) vests in the State officer the responsibility to serve the people, rather than the power to rule them.

(2) The guiding principles of leadership and integrity include—
(a) selection on the basis of personal integrity, competence and suitability, or election in free and fair elections;
(b) objectivity and impartiality in decision making, and in ensuring that decisions are not influenced by nepotism, favouritism, other improper motives or corrupt practices;
(c) selfless service based solely on the public interest, demonstrated by—
(i) honesty in the execution of public duties; and
(ii) the declaration of any personal interest that may conflict with public duties;
(d) accountability to the public for decisions and actions; and
(e) discipline and commitment in service to the people.

Having read the above proviso, on whose interest is the duo of Ruto and Uhuru running? Rules of natural justice demand that a man  be treated as innocent till proven guilty, the two gentlemen have a pending case at the ICC, accused of, among others, forceful transfer of people, rape and other crimes against humanity. Their interest in the presidency in the coming general election is not driven by a desire to serve the country but to scuttle the process of justice. They are joined in this unholy alliance by Bashir, who sees nothing wrong with the continued killing of citizens in Darfur and walks free even with an ICC indictment. The duo, Uhuru- Ruto have stirred ethnic passions that we no longer look at the real issues at stake but treat this as a case of them against us.

Good people of Kenya, wake up. It is the time to say no once for all to say to impunity, disregard of the law, tribalism, power for its sake and to say yes to progress, to development and prosperity. In 2010 we enacted a new constitution that among others sought to improve our representation, devolve the structure of government and expand our freedoms, the two gentlemen traversing the country at that time campaigned and voted against the entire document. They asked you not to pass it, but you did so overwhelmingly. You are being called again to rise and defend that which lives have been lost fighting for. Now is the time. Now is the moment. Time will judge us unfairly if we squander the moment that history has given us to say definitively that we will not once again be ruled by barbarians.

On March 4th when you go to vote, this question should linger on your mind; do you want your president and his deputy to be sitting at the Hague answering to charges of crimes against humanity, do you want to wake up with sanctions from our development partners, loss of funding for healthcare projects, education, agriculture, sanctions on trade and loss of bilateral trade? These are the questions you must answer as you cast your vote.

The first president, Jomo Kenyatta, so plundered the country that his son hasn’t the need to steal. I can’t hold that against him, but I ask, has he or his family returned the vast acres of land that his family owns? I don’t think so. The family has enough money and resources to buy the support of everyone, even his ardent enemies are cowed in his presence. Please use your conscience, take all the money you can but please vote for a better future.

It is not an election against the Kikuyu, the Kikuyu as a community are not vying for the presidency, no it’s an individual and I know that a broke Kikuyu and a broke Luo are all broke. Should it happen that you vote this duo to State House, you will have to find a market for your flowers, your tea and all those things that are produced for the export market. The trade between Kenya ans Sudan will not be sufficient to support the economy, think critically about this and make a choice.

The political coalitions that have sprung leave me very sad. I can tell you the politicians don’t represent us, they don’t care about you or me. They play mind games with us. They stir passions of hate between us but remain friends. Look at the marriage between Raila and Kalonzo. The last four years the two have gone at each others jugular only to come together for the sake of numbers, not ideology. Don’t allow yourself to believe that they represent change, nothing, they want power for the sake of power. They will marry anyone as long as they bring numbers even if their ideologies are as parallel as lines of longitude. They could be a safe bet but nothing more than that. They are part of the old guard, they have swindled us from the word go, some like Kalonzo, since the days of one party rule and the rest since the repeal of Chapter 2A of the old constitution. These ladies and gentlemen are lying to you when they claim to represent you, they don’t. Did any one of them speak when there was transport crisis? Has anyone offered a way forward of dealing with run away insecurity, perennial food shortages, runaway prices of commodity, you bet none. They are concerned more with how they can continue to line their wallets with money that you work so hard to raise.

They shed crocodile tears when one of them dies, they lower the national flag, declare a day of mourning, they raise funds for the bereaved families and bring the nation to a standstill with their cars when they attend the funerals. When more than 100 people, hardworking citizens, were killed in their sleep in their homes, the flag was not flown at half mast, no day of national mourning was declared. When one of them dies in an accident we have commissions of inquiry. They are our employees, and rule with our permission. We can’t keep worshiping the politician, he does not get his power from a deity! He answers to you and me, the represented.

They ask you to be patriotic when they take the country to war, they don’t care about you. They care about profits. They position themselves to get the contracts to supply the weapons, they send your brothers, sisters, sons and daughters to the front-line to die while their sons and daughters go to international universities from where they will come to rule you. You are misled to believe you are in a democracy, it’s a sham. You must free yourselves from it. No family can claim to want to rule throughout as if leadership and talent are hereditary.

They pay lip service to workers demands, they know they can afford to fly to seek medicare elsewhere when your nurses, doctors and other staff go on strike. They pay lip service to professional bodies. Lecturers, teachers and lawyers can all picket but none of them will talk about it. Their sons and daughters are abroad attending school where lecturers hardly ever go on strike. They pay lip service to dock workers, they do not care that the operations at the port affect prices of commodities and trade between our partners in East Africa, no, that is not important to them. They are concerned with how they can amend the law to steal from you and me. We can’t keep supporting their bad habits, no we must say no once and for all.

It is time for a revolt, let the March plebiscite be a warning to the politicians. Let us say no to tyranny of money. Let us say no to despots. Let us say no to abuse of the rule of law, to tribalism, to nepotism, to corruption, to social ills that make it impossible for a child born in Turkana to get to university. Let us vow that once and for all we will change the direction our country will take and when it is all said and done, let us all join hands in congratulating ourselves for a work well done.

Of incense and anointing oils

I think the person writing this chapter forgot that we had been given instructions on how to make the altar in Chapter 27

30 “Moreover, you shall make an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. Its length shall be a cubit, and its width a cubit,………….opposite sides—and they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.

If there is a mercy-seat, it follows there should be a seat for condemnation, who sits on it and where is it placed? And how will god do this meeting? Will he send representatives or how is it gonna be?

You shall put this altar in front of the veil that is[near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy-seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you.

Now I know where the Catholics god the idea of incense

Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.

Why would an almighty god as this care about what type of incense its minions use? Does it have a nose to smell and differentiate the smells?

You shall not offer any strange incense on this altar, or burnt offering or meal offering; and you shall not pour out a drink offering on it.

This must have been a plot by the priests to defraud the people. Why for instance would any one need to pay a ransom during census? Whoever is interested in the numbers must bear the burden, not go around asking people to pay a ransom.

11 The Lord also spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “When you take a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord, when you number them, so that there will be no plague among them when you number them.

The idea of indulgences that the Catholics sold at the time of  Martin Luther before the reformation must have been borrowed from here

16 You shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the Lord, to make atonement for yourselves.”

The followers of Mohamet claim their religion is inspired by god. While their practices are borrowed from the religions around the time the Koran is put together. Unless they are willing to concede on the lack of originality on the part of the non existent prophet and the early caliphates, they should shut up!

19 Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from it; 20 when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the Lord. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations.”

They should have consulted Jean Baptiste Grenouille, of the Perfume; the story of a murder maybe he would have made them the special fragrance they are trying to make here.

25 You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.

Why or how the sons of Israel did not protest, I still don’t understand. How could he that claims to be most holy openly show favoritism and expect to be followed?

30 You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me. 31 You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations.

What happens when it pours on someone accidentally? Are they cut off?

32 It shall not be poured on anyone’s body, nor shall you make any like it in the same proportions; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you. 33 Whoever shall mix any like it or whoever puts any of it on a layman shall be cut off from his people.’”

If god is talking to Moses alone away from the other sons of Israel why should they be worried that someone would make a similar perfume while, as it is, the formula is between he and Moses only. But even if one were to make a similar perfume, why such a harsh treatment? What is this business with  monopoly and market dominance?

 38 Whoever shall make any like it, to use as perfume, shall be cut off from his people.”