Saturday, 10 March 2018


Remember Kenya's Rose?
She worked at Ufundi Co-op
For three agonising days
We all hoped and prayed
But her fading life
We could not save.

Two decades on
And her voice still calls
Asking us why
She had to die
And whether
The park we got
Was worth the price
She had to pay.

Please forgive us, Rose
For believing
What we were told
But one day soon
We shall be bold
To denounce the lie
And seek the truth
And to pursue the justice
That you've been denied
For all this time.

Goodbye Kenya's Rose.

Sunday, 18 February 2018


I have always heard and read of prophecies dating back to independence about Kenya. That it will be a springboard for end time revival. It took me a while, but finally I understand and agree with these prophesies.
But the revival I have in mind is not about heavenbound people gathering in churches to await the rapture. It's a revival of the human spirit. A defeat of the domination system and a restoration that makes our life finally to start to make sense and have meaning. A throwing down once and for all of the shackles that currently enslave us, and an outpouring of real freedom amongst God's children. An establishment of God's Jubilee among God's people.
That revival is underway.
It will begin by the overthrow of the fake Jubilee that has installed itself as a false political kingdom riding roughshod over our nation.
But it shall not stop there. It shall spread East, West, North and South, overthrowing despots in its wake in Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, DRC and beyond. It will reach all the way to the Capitals of Europe, China and America and beyond until the whole earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.
These are the days all our forebears beheld only from a distance as in a dream, but did not live to see.
May we be worthy of them.


My afternoon read today was about the rise of Hitler and the totalitarianism that engulfed Germany under the Nazis and swept the whole world into war for the defence of democracy. In particular, the book analyses the role of the church in Germany which remained largely silent as this existential threat to human freedom spread in Germany unchecked.
The book notes, "... the Confessing church as a whole, despite the courageand suffering of many of its members, was too compromised and concerned about its own survival to fulfill its early promise. Most tragically, it remained silent on the persecution of the Jews."
The Kenyan church has remained largely silent as this government has escalated its violence against the poor through extra-judicial killings, mass unemployment of the youth, misguided curriculum reforms, and the displacement of the poor through the destruction of their dwellings in informal settlement. It has remained silent as the government has blatantly violated our Constitution, assaulted our fundamental freedoms, and set our country on the path to economic ruin through reckless borrowing of money that mortgages our children's future while most of it ends up in the black hole of corruption.
Like the church in Germany, the Kenyan church has remained silent because it is "too compromised and concerned about its own survival to fulfill its early promise," the promise of the church of Alexander Muge, Henry Okullu, Timothy Njoya and David Gitari.
But the same chapter has a warning for the church. Despite its caution and complacency, "Hitler and the Nazi leadership regarded it as a political threat. Any organisation which sought to retain its own autonomy, especially one which had such a large and widespread membership, was an enemy," which had to be dealt with accordingly. However, by the time the church fully appreciated the nature of the threat, it was too late.
And so, I have a simple message to the Kenyan church today as it sits on the sidelines and watches silently as Jubilee rolls out its dictatorship: First they came for the media, civil society, jobless youths, and I kept silent because I was none of these. Whey they came for me, there was no one left to speak up.
Change is coming. On which side will you stand?


Sir John Glubb, in his long essay titled, 'The fate of empires and the search for survival' makes the poignant case that throughout history, the lifespan of reigning empires is 250 years, give or take a few. He also outlines the characteristics that define the course of empire from outburst, commercial expansion, art and luxury, affluence, defensiveness, intellectual advancement, civil dissensions, frivolity, decadence, and fall.
This has proved true for all empires from the Assyrians, to the Babylonians, the Medo-Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans. It will also be true of the current Anglo-Saxon Empire which has the USA at its helm. In actual fact, measured against Glubb's analysis, this reigning empire is on its last legs. It is going through the age of frivolity (arguing about everything under the sun - watch CNN where they have ten analysts for every news item) and decadence (they actually elected as their president someone who boasted that he would touch women "by the p**sy" and get away with it!). It will soon fall.
What does this have to do with Kenya and Africa? Well, when one empire falls, another rises. The falling empire is the most global in its reach in human history. When it falls, other nations that have so far pretended to be sovereign republics but are in actual fact just vassal states of Washington, shall fall with it.
Kenya and Africa have a critical decision to make. Will we continue listening to Ambassador Godec as he tries to manage our revolution and ensure as much continuity on the inside regardless of the changes he pretends to seek on the outside, or will we summon up the courage to take a stand against the empire he represents and thereby avoid sharing its doomed fate?
If we do the latter, we will start walking along the path that will make us the harbingers of the new empire, one that will be defined by social justice, human dignity and abiding hope.


This morning, our two and a half year old daughter, Naserian, had an inadvertent message for the Kenyan people. I came from the bathroom to find her screaming in terror as she was trying to slide down to the floor from our bed and was holding onto the blanket as for dear life. What she did not know was that her little feet were dangling just two inches above the floor. If only she had had a little more faith to slide further down to freedom.
This is where we are as Kenyans.
We are so close to finally stepping on the solid ground of freedom and justice and walking along the path of unity and dignity, but many of us do not yet know it. So we are screaming in terror, calling each other names, and holding onto the the filthy rag of our painful yesterdays.
But I am here to tell you this morning that I have seen our collective future and it is bright with promise. If only we could but summon up the courage to push together until that future is finally born.
Change is coming.


So the media tells us that President Uhuru Kenyatta has re-constituted his inner team and put in place a new 'power circle' to enable him to ruthlessly execute his idea of what Kenya should be. The same media reports on government officials disregarding court orders with impunity and treating our Constitution like an inconvenient rag, making this seem like the new normal.
When we ask whether there are no other qualified Kenyans to serve in key offices than Kariuki, Muturi and Kinuthia, we are told to wait for our turn to eat. When we ask why the government has decided that court orders are just suggestions which it may or may not obey at its convenience, we are told we are an unruly lot that needs a benevolent dictator who knows what is best for us.
But when people tell us to accept and move on, many of us groan like the ancient Hebrews being forced to produce bricks without straw. We cry out to God, 'Please set us free!' and to the politicians 'Let us go! Let us find some space to worship God, to think, to be human, to be Kenyan, outside the bars and walls of tribe and the fences of party, of this new dictatorship. The bars in which we are currently constrained, imprisoned and suffocating.
But make no mistake. Our time is at hand. Soon we, like the Hebrews, will head out into the wilderness. We will risk hunger, thirst, exposure, death. For we cannot sustain this constrained way of being, of thinking, of living, any longer.
Change is coming.