Wednesday, 9 May 2018

JABULANI AFRICA... YOUR LONG AWAITED DAWN BREAKS FORTH.

The year was 1967. The host country was Nigeria. The event was a meeting of African church leaders who had gathered to seek the heart of God on behalf of their young but troubled continent.
For you see, although they should have been celebrating ten years since the independence of Ghana ushered in the era of freedom for our continent, they knew that there was little to celebrate. There was trouble and upheaval, coups and assassinations - Nkruma had been overthrown, Lumumba had been murdered and apartheid had become entrenched in South Africa as Mandela languished on a godforsaken island from which he might never return.
Whither the beloved continent?
In the midst of these gathering clouds of gloom, God spoke. He gave the assembled church leaders a simple prophecy, 'Sing for joy, O Africa, the Lord your God is risen upon you.'
They returned home holding precariously onto these words, not fully understanding what they meant, but rejoicing in the fact that, though the darkness remained, they knew that God's word does not return to Him void. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Well, much has happened since that gathering of church leaders took place in Nigeria. There is still much upheaval on our beloved continent. But if you peer into the horizon, you can see the signs of that promised new dawn beginning to break. Our dark days of despair are giving way to our season of hope.
Our weeping has lasted for the night. Behold, our joy comes. For our long awaited morning is just about to break.

KENYA: WHY WE CANNOT AFFORD TO STOP

WHY WE CANNOT AFFORD TO STOP
By Njonjo Mue
Genesis 18 records an interesting conversation between God and Abraham. God is about to destroy the City of Sodom due to its wickedness and Abraham pleads with Him not to destroy the city for the sake of the righteous who live there.
“Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?" he asks God, "What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?" God answers that He would spare the city for fifty righteous.
Abraham continues to haggle with God beseeching Him not to destroy the city for the sake of 45, then 40, then 30, then 20, then 10.
Genesis 18:32-33 marks the turning point in this conversation. - Then Abraham said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” The Lord answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home. And then the city was destroyed.
Why did the Lord stop at 10 while he had been so accommodating to His friend Abraham's repeated entreaties on behalf of Sodom? We do know that Sodom had at least one righteous family, that of Abraham's nephew, Lot. Would not the Lord have spared the city for their sake? I think He would. But the Lord stopped at 10 because that is where Abraham stopped. And because Abraham stopped, the city was destroyed.
In the same way, our city, our country and our society are where they are today because that is where you and I have stopped. People are dying of curable diseases as money earmarked for healthcare is diverted into politicians private pockets because we stopped; young people are being destroyed by drugs in our neighbourhoods because we stopped; our sisters are raped in the streets and our children are molested in the homes because we stopped; corruption is eroding the very fabric that covers our moral nakedness and tribalism is destroying the nationhood we have painstakingly built for half a century because we stopped.
We stopped pleading with God on behalf of our city, our country and our society. And just as we do not know the exact reason why Abraham stopped at 10, we are also not always very clear why we have chosen to stop where we have stopped.
Perhaps we just got tired of interceding on behalf of an ungrateful people and a thankless nation. Perhaps we stopped because we ourselves felt safe in our gated compounds and our air-conditioned offices far from the cluttered chaos and sinful smells of Sodom; Perhaps we stopped because our private health insurance, our private security guards, our access to private groups of schools for our children and the easy reach we have to a host of other services that our money can buy have shielded us from the decay and immunized us against the daily suffering that surrounds us. And perhaps we have stopped because our faith in God has ceased to be as strong as it once was and instead of looking up to Him as the God of the impossible that we first met, we now superimpose our own limitations upon Him and dare not trust Him to save the city even for the sake of one.
And so our city, our country and our society face imminent destruction on our watch.
But it is not too late to humble ourselves on behalf of our brethren and dare to ask Him who is all knowing and all merciful: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?"
But we must not stop at asking. We must then rise up and be the answer to the question we ask. We must become God's hands and feet in rebuilding the land of our birth and the place of our habitation so that our homeland of Kenya may once again become a heritage of splendor and the glory of Kenya, the fruit of our labour, may once again fill every heart with thanksgiving.

Monday, 7 May 2018

I AM THAT I AM... THE GOD OF AFRICA

Eugene Peterson tells us that I AM THAT I AM was God's answer to Moses' request for an identifying name. I AM THAT I AM - God's name for himself - told Moses that God was alive, present to him, and ready to enact salvation. 

This God-revealing name, and the understandings that developed as it was used in prayer and obedience by the Hebrew people, marks the deconstruction of every kind and sort of impersonal, magical, manipulative, abstract, coercive way of understanding God. 

Listening to and answering I AM THAT I AM placed the Hebrew people as participating witnesses in the grand historical drama of salvation that challenges and brings about the eventual dissolution of every counter way of life, the world principalities and powers against which Paul would later issue a call to arms in Ephesians 6 comprising "all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor" that Jesus refused to bargain for with the devil in Matthew 4. 

Worshiping I AM THAT I AM developed into a way of life in Israel in which love defined relationships - all of them, no exceptions: God, neighbour, stranger, enemy, family. Serving and obeying I AM THAT I AM became an exploration in all the dimensions of freedom, freedom from sin and oppression and damnation. 

This was true for Israel; it must become true for Africa and Africans as we, too, become eye witnesses to the miracle of our rebirth, and as the dark days of despair slowly begin to give way to our season of hope.

Amkeni ndugu zetu!

WE, THE PILLAR

KENYA: WE, THE PILLAR.
By Njonjo Mue
Our Constitution does not establish 3 arms of government, it establishes 3 arms but also recognises a 4th. The three arms are the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Executive. The 4th is stated by the first three words of our Constitution: 'We The People'. And it is not really an arm of government. It is The Central Pillar. And when the three arms become dysfunctional, The Pillar must step in to show the way. For if The Pillar will not stand strong, the whole edifice will collapse, and that is just not an option in Kenya.

THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE

THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE

By Njonjo Mue

The Government of Kenya failed to produce Miguna Miguna in a court of competent jurisdiction by 12.00 noon on Thursday 5th April 2018 as required.
I handed over my Passport Number C029226 to the Director of Immigration as promised.
You see, the thing is this, Kenya is home, and every home has its rules.
I do not know about you, but I draw the line for my home where armed state security agents overpower a Kenyan citizen by birth, forcefully inject unknown chemicals into him to sedate him like a wild animal being transferred from the Mara to the Tsavo, load him like cargo onto a plane, and unlawfully remove him from the territory of Kenya to a foreign country, all in defiance of a court order.
I draw the line where a Cabinet Secretary decides that he will sit in his office and decide which laws to obey and which ones to explain away, which court orders to honour and which ones to ignore.
I draw the line where a committee of Parliament sits and listens deferentially as members of the Executive profile our judges and threaten our Judiciary.
I draw the line where the said government officials decide that attending a passing-out parade is more important than honouring court summons.
Kenya is home, but this house needs a thorough cleaning up.
We need to have a serious family conversation as to how this cleaning up can begin, but before we can have that conversation, we need to press the re-set button on the Miguna case to take us back to 6th February 2018 when the High Court ordered that he be produced in court and instead the government elected to unlawfully remove him from the court's jurisdiction. We all need to have a common understanding of the meaning of due process.
Until we do so, and until this wrong is righted, the government can keep my passport. I will remain here until this mess is sorted out or until death, whichever comes first. 
But make no mistake, if the leaders will not lead in the clean-up of this country because they cannot smell the stench of injustice from their air-conditioned cars, then We, The People, will.

Njonjo Mue
end/nm/6.4.18.

PRODUCE MIGUNA MIGUNA IN COURT BY 12.00 NOON ON 5TH APRIL 2018

PRODUCE MIGUNA MIGUNA IN COURT ON THURSDAY
Nairobi
Wednesday 4 March 2018
By Njonjo Mue
I do not speak for or represent Dr Miguna Miguna. He has a number of lawyers to argue his case in court and he speaks eloquently for himself.
But I am a Kenyan citizen who strongly believes that our Constitution must be respected by all people, the high and mighty as well as the poor and lowly.
When government officials arrogate themselves the powers to interpret the law in their offices and determine which laws to obey and which ones not to obey, which court orders to honour and which ones to ignore, we enter a slippery slope at the end of which is anarchy and the rule of of the jungle where survival will only be for the fittest. This cannot be allowed to happen.
I have called on the government to produce Dr Miguna in a Kenyan court of competent jurisdiction by 12.00 noon tomorrow, so that the process that was interrupted on 2nd February when the government elected to unlawfully remove him from the territory of Kenya can continue. However, it does not appear that I will have any success.
But I will keep hope alive until the appointed time. I will arrive in front of the Supreme Court Building in Nairobi at 11.50 a.m. on Thursday, 5 April 2018, to await the production of Dr Miguna.
In the event that at 12.00 noon Dr Miguna will not have been produced in a court of competent jurisdiction as required, I shall surrender my Kenyan Passport to the Director of Immigration as explained in the letter below which I plan to hand over to the Director shortly after the expiry of the deadline.
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Njonjo Mue
P.O. Box 74600 – 00200
Nairobi
Tel: 0721308911
Email: njonjomue@gmail.com
5 April 2018
12.01 p.m.

The Director of Immigration
Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons
Nyayo House, 20th Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue / Uhuru Highway
P.O. Box 30191 – 00100
Nairobi.

Dear Sir,

RE: SURRENDER OF PASSPORT NUMBER C029226

I am a Kenyan citizen and holder of the above ordinary passport Number C029226 issued in Nairobi on 5 May 2014 and due to expire on 3 May 2024.
On 2 February 2018, a citizen of Kenya by birth was forcefully and unlawfully removed from the territory of Kenya by yourself and / or officers acting with your authority in defiance of a court order.
On 28 March 2018, the same citizen of Kenyan by birth, was again forcefully and unlawfully removed from the territory of Kenya, to which he had returned, in defiance of another court order that said: “It is hereby directed that the Petitioner is not under any circumstances to be removed from the jurisdiction of this court.”
The Executive Branch of our Government has decided that it will both interpret and apply the law for us against the express provisions of our Constitution. And because the Executive also controls our security agencies and exercises a monopoly of violence, We the People and our courts are powerless to compel the Executive to obey the law and the Constitution as interpreted by the Judiciary.
In light of that powerlessness, a citizen of Kenya by birth is unable to use his Kenyan passport to enter his country of birth. This is wrong. It must be made right. The only person authorised to make it right under our Constitution is yourself.
I trust that you shall do right by your conscience and by our Constitution. But as I wait for this to happen, I am hereby surrendering my Passport to you because of my firm belief that if one citizen of Kenya by birth cannot enter his country of birth as a right, then another citizen of Kenya by birth can exercise one of the few rights that our Executive will allow us to exercise and give up his right to use his passport to leave his country of birth until this wrong is righted.

Yours truly,
Njonjo Mue

end/NM/4.4.18

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

KENYA: POWER BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE?


KENYA: POWER BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE?
By Njonjo Mue
"Power belongs to the people" is one of those statements that we tell ourselves to make ourselves feel in control. But like so many other things, it is a lie.
In Kenya, power belongs to the mean-looking men dressed in jungle fatigues and maroon berets, wielding automatic weapons and batons, bearing shields and teargas. Power belongs to them, and to the faceless bureaucrats and unaccountable securocrats who deploy them to swiftly impose their will on "the people" as the latter continue to believe the lie that power belongs to them.
We the people are powerless. And the sooner we understand that, the sooner we can devise strategies to survive in this world where those with guns and batons and shields and teargas dressed in jungle fatigues and maroon berets have all the power and we all the powerlessness.
But what will those strategies look like? How will we survive in this world where power always seems to have the final say?
By remembering that when you meet a block of stone that looks like a man, if you kick it, you only hurt yourself. By understanding that it is fear, not hate, that makes men unleash the instruments of death on their fellow human beings. And that it is pointless to hate a fearful person.
For a person whose fear has calcified him into a stone can ultimately only be transformed back into the person whom God created in love by being loved back into a human being, even if that love initially hurts us so much, before it can begin to heal, and, ultimately, to save both the lover and the beloved.
Power does not belong to the people. Love does. And with love we will not just survive. We will thrive. For love never fails.