Politicians and the church in Kenya

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is a storm brewing in my backyard, but it is all smokes and mirrors.

For some time now, churches have always invited politicians, including the dee pee,  and the well to do in the community to their fundraising activities. You all know god wants money. So one would ask, why is there trouble? One, the dee pee question (if you know, you know). Reports show he has been too generous leading many people to question the source of his wealth. Well, we generally have an idea but we would want to hear him say it.

Why is the storm all smokes and mirrors? A section of the church goers are complaining that politicians have taken over their pulpits. But this is a half truth or just a plain lie. Churches, clergy and the general population in most events treat politicians as demigods. They get deferential treatment at gatherings and are usually offered opportunity to speak wherever. In church, you have a captive audience and any politician would use such an occasion to push his agenda.

After receiving millions of shillings from politicians and other bureaucrats, clergy and their sheeple have now developed a conscience and do not want this money. Well, not happening. The good archbishop of the ACK church has said they want the money, but please be quiet about it. A cross-section of the population have however interpreted this to mean the good bishop is saying no to politicians and any stolen money. One would think only politicians are guilty of sleaze, but this is not true.

My fellow countrymen and women should stop being hypocrites. We all know god wants money. And wants a lot of it. For what I don’t know. Out of 175 countries ranked, Kenya is ranked 144. And it is not the case that only the political class is driving this corruption. We all are. And last I checked, the world factbook gives this break down of religious affiliation Christian 83% (Protestant 47.7%, Catholic 23.4%, other Christian 11.9%), Muslim 11.2%, Traditionalists 1.7%, other 1.6%, none 2.4%, and unspecified at 0.2% of the population, as estimated in 2009, which can only be translated that it is driven by religious people. They make the majority. So why pretend that you don’t want dirty money in your churches?

I say. let the religious people stop pretending they have developed some spine. Moi always went to a church, was thought of as one of the most religious people in Ke but presided over plunder, unsolved murders and so on. Kibaki no different. Muigai and Ruto are all Christians but have presided over plunder of a nation not seen before in this country since the beginning of self-rule. Well, maybe not as much as Kamau wa Ngengi grabbed land. Just keep inviting the politicians to your churches, we understand your gods/ parsons want money,  and the politicians want a captive audience, which the church provides. It is win- win. God/ parsons get money. The politician gets a captive audience.

End of Thursday sermon.

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

30 thoughts on “Politicians and the church in Kenya

  1. John Faupel says:

    The feeling of being in one with nature became a belief in god with conceptually-conscious thought, which became a a belief, for some, in god made man, then in spirituality and men who sought admiration for promoting religions, followed by power hungry psychopaths who promoted themselves through religious and secular laws, &c., &c.
    Despite the fact that Erasmus wrote about this mad perversion of nature in ‘Praise of Folly’ 500 years ago, we’re now more entrench in it than ever before. Can’t we see, it’s a passport to our own destruction?

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  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Expanding your paradigm to fit the wider world, and we can indeed see why the planet is heading fast for basket-case status. Some nations (empires past and empires would be) have so institutionalised corruption that we the sheeple think we are fine fellows, and that it is quite right that our nations set the standards for everyone else, even if it means dumping millions of pounds and dollars worth of ordnance on them first.

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  3. judyt54 says:

    We are nearing the end of what is called the Christian era. Something will come to fill it’s place, and in the meantime there will be a hell of a lot of commotion over whose god IS this, anyway?
    I think that is part of the problem, deciding which god is the right god, and paying his keepers, which is what churches amount to. And now we have the politicians in the mix, and the rest of the ‘faithful’ get to pay for all of it.

    There aren’t too many places left in this world that haven’t had a whack at being an empire–it’s part of the human condition, both personal, political, and national– and if you look at Europe, from one side to the other, you can see that every single country had a king, or an emperor, or a dynasty at one point. South America the same way. And once you’ve had your dynasty, in a way it’s like losing your virginity, you can’t get it back. Canada is still a-building its way to one, Africa is due for a LOT of empire building, as is/are NZ and Australia. Empires cost money. What better way to get it from folks who don’t have it, than to get the churches involved. They are so GOOD at guilt giving, and as the churches prosper, so does the country. It’s one a’ those hand-fits-the-glove things.

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  4. maryplumbago says:

    I hope we are coming near an end to the Christian Era, but then it will be something else..
    Here in the US the politicians (especially republicans) and the religious leaders are in bed together, as it’s all about money and power..thus control. Trump and his gang fawn over the far right religious leaders, in particular, to secure their vote. And Fox News is their chalice.

    Book recommendation “The Darkening Age..Catherine Nixey.
    I think all of you would like it.

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  5. renudepride says:

    The concept of refusing possibly corrupt or otherwise ill-gotten gains from politicians is quite admirable and an excellent message to send to the believers. However, most of us are aware that the clergy are just as greedy as the politicians. So much for “generous” donations! 😉 Naked hugs!

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  6. Religion = greed and $$$$.

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  7. Barry says:

    144th on the Corruption Perceptions Index, and here in Aotearoa New Zealand we are thinking the end is nigh because our ranking has fallen from 1st to 2nd!

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  8. Barry says:

    The point is that any suggestion of impropriety is likely to see a career cut short, especially in politics.

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