Stories from home


In my village, the dead are revered. If you attended a funeral, even of the village thief, you would think you attended the wrong funeral. Speaker after speaker will tell you how good the late fellow was. I think even his victims would praise his generosity. I don’t know about you, but I have no such allegiance to the dead. I like to call a spade a big spoon and a big spoon a spade.

The dust has now settled on the grave of the late Lucy Kibaki. All the media reports I read after her demise were all glowing in tributes to her. For a moment I thought I was reading about a different person. I am not disagreeing with those who say she was a good grandmother, not at all. I only question a nation that seem to have lost its conscience.

If there is anything I recall about her are tantrums about the first family composition, disagreements with members of her husband’s cabinet or the several allegations of who she slapped here or there. I wish her family well.

Last weekend a man, Jacob Juma, was laid to rest at his home in western Kenya. His death is still clouded in mystery. No one knows who killed him though he had in many occasions named some high ups who wanted to dispatch him to the world of the dead. I hope they are found out. I am disappointed that the press could only refer to him as controversial businessman. This reference is to make the business of covering up the murder an easier task. Anyone with an agenda can easily claim it was a business deal gone bad.

Yesterday the police displayed their brutality on demonstrators. A little background, the constitution grants citizens the right to picket. I think the police didn’t read the document or don’t know of its existence. I am not ruling this out. Sadly a fellow has succumbed to the injuries. What his death has revealed is how divided, along tribal lines, the country is. When all there was to go by was a picture of a cop crushing his head on the ground, a section of the populace felt it served him right. Now that we have name, things are a bit different.

And the pastors are silent. They are silent when money is lost through sleaze. They are silent when the powers that be appoint people based on their surnames instead of merit. They are silent every time you expect them to speak, as Hosea, spoke. No, they can’t stand atheism. That is the biggest affront to the nation that they can’t stand.

As a prophet of the golden boot, I think things will get only worse. There will be more violence. The police, a group that isn’t known for their intelligence, will kill or maim more people and at the end, we will have the same crooks in places of influence.

Have a pleasant week everyone.

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

32 thoughts on “Stories from home

  1. emmylgant says:

    “… a nation who has lost its conscience.” I am afraid my dear friend that we are on the waning end of reason and conscience but on the upswing of fear and greed of every sort. When facts get in the way of these two motivators they are dispatched swiftly.
    It takes courage to speak out and ring the alarm bells. Your moral outrage shames the feckless religionists.
    Keep yelling Noel, but watch both ways when you cross the street or the river. Hugs

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  2. john zande says:

    No one’s died here yet as a result of the political circus.

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  3. Veracious Poet says:

    Same thing here if not worse. Had there been reason in my country, there would have been some change by now. Our parliament is like a palm wine booth, where old friends meet, drink and fraternize and discuss garbage. Concerning the former first family, a father had been president for 20 years, a mother has formed her own party and also wants to be president and a daughter also stood as parliamentary candidate although it’s clear she is not even a registered voter. They all want to take over the country. Honey, once tasted cannot be forgone.

    But the real curse of the nation is the hypocrisy and the idiocy of the masses. Churches preach propaganda and have become monarchies, where a pastor’s son automatically inherits the church and becomes its leader and continues robbing the people. Truth has no place.

    However, on the international scene (Syria, Iraq, Brazil, Venezuela etc) I think some of Marx’s predictions are coming true: “Modern bourgeois society is like the sorcerer, who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.”

    Since the Arab spring, most of the people fighting in Syria and Iraq, including European, American and other joiners from other countries are sons of the exploited proletariat.

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    • makagutu says:

      Our current president is the son of the first looter in chief. Parliament is composed of relatives or associates of politicians. It’s a world of thievery.
      Maybe we should have remained with small societies with their tyrants

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      • Veracious Poet says:

        I don’t even remember the last time I voted. I think the first African nation to impose the death sentence on corrupt government officials will be the one to lead the African enlightenment.

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        • makagutu says:

          I don’t see how that will happen. The corrupt legislators make the law. And if it were a presidential decree, the French would kill him😀
          You must vote

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  4. A very sorrowful statement and unfortunately all too prevalent. A moment of silence, a deep breath, and an attempt to find sanity in a world going more insane is becoming a challenge. Have a good week my friend.

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  5. What you all need there is a clear-headed genius like Donald Trump to come in and build walls, kick “evil” people out, and heal all that ails ya’ in seconds with simplistic, xenophobic answers to complex issues. Yes, idiocy has gripped the world in its sweaty palm and stupidity reigns supreme. Blessed be the politicians, priests, and disgustingly wealthy, for they shall inherit the shit-mess of a planet their greed, corruption, and narcissism have created.

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  6. Arkenaten says:

    I know what this stuff is like, Noel. When it gets down to tribal level all reason seems to go out the bloody window!

    I read Jacob Juma and for a second my heart skipped a beat! 17 letters too short.

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  7. Kenyagraphy says:

    Reblogged this on Kenyagraphy.

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  8. This is happening all over the world. Institutional corruption is running rampant, social inequalities are escalating out of control, and the very fabric of modern civilization is unraveling before our very eyes.

    Although I’m averse to doomsday predictions, it’s getting harder and harder to fend them off.

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    • makagutu says:

      Not doomsday predictions.
      You can actually wait for 2017 March unless the electoral body is reconstituted.
      The other big problem is the chief justice is due for retirement if the rumours are to be believed. Things will get more interesting

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  9. basenjibrian says:

    Robert:

    I am one of the gloomier gusses out there, but I might respond that human history has always been of calumny and ruin. “Leaders” have always been corrupt. The fabric of civilization has always been rent by various pernicious events. Remember that only a few centuries ago 40% of the populations in many European cities died of the plague. Three centuries ago, the Atlantic Slave Trade was in full horrific and profitable mode.

    So….it is easy to be gloomy. And, the biggest looming problem, human overpopulation, certainly seems unsolvable. But….

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    • makagutu says:

      As a prophet, I have hindsight to support my predictions.
      Every election has been accompanied by violence. Some of them were not as contested as the next one. There is a feeling among a large section of the population that the electoral body rigged the election and the supreme Court legitimised it.
      The push to eject them from office is based on the fact their accomplices in the UK have been arrested and found guilty of malfeasance.
      Their continued stay in office is making an already volatile environment very volatile.
      And maybe we should find a way of making the presidency not carry so much power. Winner takes all is not working for the country

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    • >>> “… the biggest looming problem, human overpopulation, certainly seems unsolvable.”
      That’s the key difference between the human misery of the past and what’s happening now. Before the Industrial Revolution and Information Age, which are historically recent, mankind had not reached it ecological limits. There were always more lands to conquer, more food, fresh water, and other resources to be had, more capacity to expand the population. Greed and corruption weren’t impediments to our survival, they were essential to it.
      Not anymore. We’ve now reached those limits. Today’s human population of nearly 7.5 billion people can only be supported through a highly complex, technologically-dependent, globalized system. And, it is precisely such a system which is incompatible with both our quarrelsome human nature and the ecological constraints of this planet.
      We’ve arrived at a fateful crossroads. Either we adapt our collective behavior to meet the existential challenges of our time, or the whole rotting system will inevitably collapse under its own weight. In the latter case, which currently seems unavoidable, Homo sapiens will undoubtedly manage to survive; but, the price of that survival will be unimaginably high.

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  10. ladysighs says:

    Please do be careful. We love your thoughts and writings here and I often think of your safety.

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  11. Nancy Oyula says:

    Man, sometimes there’s so much going on in this country. I’m usually left as a spectator 😦

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