State of the nation of Kenya
Dear Pinto, Mboya, JM Ouko and other fallen Kenyan heroes and heroines,
I bring you Jamhuri day greetings from the motherland that you loved so much that you ended up losing your lives for.
Ex-colonial detainees, Left to Right: J. D. Kali, Kungu Karumba, Pio Gama Pinto, Paul Ngei and Muinga Chokwe.
I could not resist writing to you at this moment in the history of our beloved country because so much has changed and more changes are happening so rapidly that it is impossible to analyze what is likely to happen next. I am sure some of the changes will bring wide grins to your faces gentlemen. I sense you could do with some cheering up about the grim republic you left behind called Kenya.
You will all remember the impunity that led to your respective assassinations and left your killers to roam scot free and to continue enriching themselves at the expense of the Kenyan people without fear of ever being arrested. The impunity that was launched by characters like Mbiyu Koinange and Njoroge Mungai, the two fellows who just couldn’t stand you, Tom. After your assassinations especially after your killing, Tom, the masters of impunity would pose the question; “we killed Tom Mboya and nothing happened, who is this cockroach?” Gentlemen I am happy to report that that old man impunity has received some serious body blows in recent times which I am certain he will never recover from. Ever.
Apart from the new constitution which gives the people legal ground to fight impunity even before it is fully implemented, a number of circumstances have worked together to douse the fire of this evil giant that felled you and many others apart from being a stumbling block to Kenyans ever getting anything done.
Fascinatingly just like Africans fighting in the world wars in distant lands came back more aware of their rights and helped speed the clamour for independence, Kenyans in the diaspora have been a major force in demanding for change back home. Technology like cell phones and the World Wide Web (which did not exist during your time) have resulted in shrinking the world into a small village where you cannot get into too much mischief without your neighbors knowing exactly what you are up to. The result, our fallen heroes, is some extremely unlikely headlines you will not believe even from the grave. Like a minister stepping aside for investigation to be carried out (is now a very normal occurrence). Ministers in Africa have not yet started resigning, but we are getting there. These days people discuss the president and his failings openly. And sometimes screaming headlines talk about it. You gentlemen may be quick to point out that it is because the Mwai Kibaki (you worked very closely with him, Tom) was always a weak leader. But I believe it has more to do with the exciting times we are privileged to be living in.
Robert you will be happy to know that a report detailing the way you were murdered at State house, Nakuru has been made public after being tabled in parliament. It looks like your killers will be the first to be brought to book. That will give me a lot of personal satisfaction because out of all assassinations in Kenya yours was the most unnecessary display of impunity gone mad. But we shall have to wait and see what happens.
But the most sensational news that I have for you guys is that the masters of impunity and big names behind the post election violence of 2008 are about to be charged in the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague. You will have heard about the skirmishes from the numerous Kenyans who joined you in the grave at around that time. And surely you will not have failed to notice the high number of pregnant women and innocent children who joined you for no fault of their own during that time. You guys know the setup in Kenya well and are well aware that there is no way that they would have been charged and tried in Kenya. Well the ICC got them. Hahahahahahaha. I can’t help but laugh. This is just too funny.
In fact one of the suspects is running so scared that he has been vomiting all kinds of statements and ordering his lawyers to institute all and any kind of stay of execution to delay things. But luckily this is not the Kenyan courts we are talking about here and so as the man panics like a trapped deer Kenyans are taking in the drama in glee wonder and amazement to see if it is really possible for the high and mighty to fall because it has never before been witnessed in Kenya.
As you gentlemen know it is the minnows who usually take the blame for the mysterious big men real perpetuators of the act. Like Nahashon Njenga was charged with your murder Tom and that innocent Kamba man for yours Pinto and Jonah Anguka stood trial for your murder Robert (although he was acquitted). These nobodies took the fall in place of the Mbiyu Koinanges. Njoroge Mingais and Nicholas Biwotts. That is the usual way of doing things here. That is why it is so amazing that this time round the real culprits will be called to answer for their deeds.
Then there is this amazing Wikileaks leaks that have expose the inner secrets of mighty governments of the world like the American government. I can hear you chuckle Tom because you of all people know very well how the Americans operate, always looking to cover their own a**** at all costs while hypocritically pretending to be everybody’s best friend.
Gentlemen I can say with confidence that amid all the daily chaos and confusing headlines Kenya is on track for full liberation. You guys did not die in vain after all.
Happy Jamuhuri day guys.
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