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Muzzling the  Media. An open letter to all Kenyans

When I read, that Media will no longer be free to tell us whats up, I believed there was an attempt to deny us our  right to know. Today,when I look at the way Kenya is heading am worried that the Kenyan authorities have many new skeletons to hide hence muzzling the Media. Same Media killing is happening in countries where crime against humanity is the order of the day or is about to begin. Whats Kenya up to now?

Dont get me wrong am not calling anyone in particular a Hitler unless one has reason to believe he is one or becoming one. Hitler muzzled the Media  when he was killing the Jews (may god keep their souls in peace) He ordered the Germany Media not to write or speak anything good about them. There was a blackout on Jews.

The Media in Germany accepted it hands down and even did reveal any hideouts of the Jews willingly in the press. The world was late to notice on time.

Just as it was late to notice or stop Rwandan genocide or on a smaller scale Kenyan 2007-8 post-election massacres. A situation that has seen 3 Kenyans taken to answer charges of crimes against humanity in the Hague. I wish the cases were handled in Kenya openly rather than far away where many ordinary Kenyan people wont know much. I also wish Kenyans never killed each other. I hope Kenyans know they are all collectively guilty and should have been all charged in Kenyan courts and not just 3 persons taken to ICC.

We all know if you float out a crazy idea and ten million people agree with you, you might not think you are so crazy. Hitler didn’t think he was doing something bad.He actually thought he was helping his people. And his people thought so.That was the insanity of it. The largest part of his nation agreed with him. But was he right, were those behind him right?

Looking around you, much work to make all Kenyans feel safe and cared for remains un done. The Media is our light in times of national darkness in which leaders want to hide behind curtains of power in the name of national security. Surprisingly most Kenyans are back in the old dark days when Kenya was a one party regime, and it seems they are satisfied with the way Kenya is heading – as it is. They are satisfied with a country in which today differences, not similarities, are honored, and disagreements are settled by conflicts causing a grave internal insecurity.and  breading hatred.

Beyond the chearing few happy angels in Kenya, there are other Kenyans silently suffering.

Police officers willl never forget how they got killed by tribal thugs in Baragoi and no one was arrested for that. Talk about daily murders country wide by thugs and only the police are to blame.Every other government officials and bodies including politicians on government side assume themselves innocent.

One gets amazed when even religious leaders want AK 47s to protect themselves from invissible killers walking freely among them. Ask the jobless youth how it feels to search for none existent jobs they were promised since they completed their studies and voted in fellow youths in powerful political positions.

Ask mothers of children sleeping hungry and sick how much they love their lives and you get a shock. We can name hundreds of hardships we are going through at this moment. But a few situations stand out loudly.

Kenyans will remain worried as to why they had to die at West Gate while almost a whole heavily armed army batallion and a mass of well trained security family could not arrest the 18 attackers, who later were said to have been only 4. Instead of offering rescue the army is reported as having went about looting the entire place.

People in Northern Kenya mostly the Somalis killed every week by the ellussive, beyond trace, Alshababs will tell you the pain of being killed and mostly blamed for hiding those invissible terrorists, wrongly assumed, to be only of Somali origin.

A good number of Kenyans,accept to live in a country in which survival is for the fittest – might is right – competition is required, where political scores or winning is called the highest good, for the tribe or tribes backing the politician. And if such way of doing things produce losers so it be so long as you are not among them.

In this new tread of thinking, majority Kenyans have illusions that they are satisfied with a system that often produce people who are often killed, by others, when they are judged wrong, starved and rendered homeless when they are not – strong. Amazingly they continue to say they are in charge since their tribesmen are in power.

In Kenya exploitation of the underclass is justified by the self-congratulatory leadership pronouncements of how much better of their victims lives are now better than they were before these exploitations.

By this measure the upper class in power can ignore the issue of how all people ought to be treated if one were being truly fair, rather than merely making a horrible situation a tiny bit better – and profiting obscenely in the bargain.

As if that is not bad enough, most Kenyans still drunk with election victory will laugh at you and call you their tribe Judas when one suggests any kind of government system other than one currently in place,

Meanwhile thinking that crazy behaviours, such as killing people and going scot free – and the victor – taking the spoils are what will make Kenya a great nation.

If you the reader is yet to get me, let’s go back to history again. The Hitler experience was made possible a result of group consciousness. Many people want to say that Hitler manipulated a group – in this case his countrymen – through his cunning rhetoric. This thinking conveniently lays all the blame at Hitlers feet – which is exactly where the mass of the people want it.

But Hitler could do nothing without the cooperation and support and willing submission of millions of people. What happened Germans supported. Meanwhile the rest of the world, if it did nothing else, allowed itself to remain indifferent and pathetic to the suffering in Germany until it reached so massive a scale that even the most cold-hearted isolationists could no longer ignore it.

You see? It was a collective consciousness which provided a fertile soil for the growth of the Nazi Movement. Hitler seized the moment but he did not create it.

It is important to understand the lesson here. A group – (for Kenya a tribe or a group of tribes) which speaks constantly of dominance because of its numbers and superiority produces loss of compassion on a massive scale and loss of compassion is inevitably followed by loss of conscience.

A collective tribal concept, rooted in strict negative ethnicity ignores the plights of others, yet makes everyone else responsible for yours, thus justifying retaliation called rectification and the result is inevitable loss.

The Horror of the Hitler experience was not that he perpetrated it on the human race, but that the human race allowed it. The astonishment is not only that Hitler came along, but also that so many others went along. The shame is not only that Hitler killed millions of Jews, but also, that millions of Jews had to be killed before Hitler was stopped.

On Kenyan issue, the thing to remember here is that consciousness is everything and creates your experience. Group or tribe consciousness is powerful and produces outcomes of unspeakable beauty or ugliness. The choice is for us Kenyans.

What outcome are we creating when we make survival for the majority of people very hard, when we peddle lies in government and muzzle the free media.

What are we up to,  when we rally our tribes and counties behind us, promising them heaven when we can not even feed them for even one meal a day?

What are we up to when we are not responsible for our past actions, leave alone current misbehaviour in government and society, actions that does not make Kenya a better place for all?

Yes Kenyans, surely you did elect your leaders and you think you like them so much since they are your tribesmen, sisters and brothers. You say you saw Gods hands in the past elections and that is not the problem here.

But  remember that Hitler was not sent by the devil. Hitler was created by Germans mass consciousness. The consciousness of separation, segregation of people they accused to have been foreigners exploiting germans, superiority of -we- verses – they – of  – us – and – them – is what created Hitler experience. When the pain is ours – not just – yours -, when joy is – ours – not just – mine, when the whole life experience is – ours – , then it is at last truly that good experience.

Ask yourself what are you doing in your political party, in your government position, in your religion, in your institution, in your place of work and during your idle time. Even ask yourself what are your day dreams?

Are you doing something that creates a Hitler in you or are you just standing by when things are going wrong to fellow citizens or foreigners just because it’s not you in their experience? Think again are you going to sit down and praise your leaders for seeing the light and taking action to kill the free media or are you going to stand up for your constitutional right to be informed without restrictions? Dear reader history does repeat self if no one is making history.

Make history by standing up for yourself and be your brother’s keeper. It is not too late for the few honest leaders to make Kenya a better place for all of us.

Finally let our leaders know they didn’t make themselves we made them. We made them with an intention to make our country one of the best in the world and nothing less. We can’t get it when they tell us they can’t even consult as they go about their official work. We can’t get it when they tell us there is a government within their government that does not respect laws.

We don’t get it when they say some powerful government officials fixed one of them  by fixing evidence to ICC. But it is ok to let us know all is not well with them at this moment of time. What about West Gate probe will it ever come when the situation is like it appears to be?  Have a nice day.



From Sweden

About SG

Secretary general of Chama Cha Mwananchi. This blog www.chamachamwananchi.wordpress.com, is based in Sweden.


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