Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Barbarism of Kenyans

I watched this video very early in the morning before I went to work. Until I returned, I could neither eat nor drink anything. Intermittently the images smuggled themselves into my head and stole my appetite. As leopards on a hare these savages from Kenya beat five people, threw inflammable on them and set them on fire on suspicion they were witches. As some of them struggled to run away from the fire others beat them, and pulled them back into the fire. They were roasted like gorillas on a hunter’s grill. Like burning logs, the five caught fire in the watching eyes and clapping hands of the miscreants. When the fire abated, ringleaders poured more inflammable as they are beaten with clubs and pricked with goads. Like rou├ęs they satisfied their schadenfreude by transmogrifying human beings into a burning bush. It was mob injustice at its best and the paroxysm of Kenyan and African dark series of barbarism. Where have people kept their consciences? Where have Kenyans kept their compunction?
The Kenyans might argue that not all Kenyans support such execrable behavior. But seeing the relative ease they have taken this barbarity seems to narrate a different tale. Perhaps it is an African custom, perhaps not but it is not arcane.
A few months ago in Nigeria children were beaten and killed because they were tagged witches. When will Africans learn to allow the law to serve justice for them? It is becoming more and more common for a mob to catch a suspected thief or witch, throw inflammable on them and light them up as they run around like human fireball. Perhaps the rise signifies a collapse of a justice system that seems to favor the rich and strong.
Life has many faces and many at times it does not show us the face we want. Consequently, we seem to deny the face we see and attribute it to someone who has bewitched us. So when we make a scapegoat we take them to the gallows of mob injustice. Don’t forget that the evil that we do live with and after us.
Those who believe in witches should then seek the means to combat them. The same people believe in animism and count on their fetishes and amulets to protect them. Why then are they afraid of witches? I believe in God and count on God to protect me against witches. Consequently, whatever attacks me; I run to God and lay my complaint. It is nonplus how in the 21st Century people still harbor primitive ideas. Before, every rich person was a nyungu man or in a secret society. It was never due to hard work. Every dotard was a witch. Surprisingly, the trend has moved now from old to rich and to children. Ironically all of us will get old and our turn to be witches will come.
But then while waiting for nature to do unto us what we have done unto others, I urge president Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to show the world that Kenyans are not booboisies. That in Kenya there is the rule of law and so no one should take the law into their own hands. Those who believe in witches should seek the proper ways to protect themselves. After all doesn’t it seem void of gumption for people to fight invisible attackers with visible remedies? How would you fight a witch who is spiritual? How did you know they are witches when they operate only in the spiritual? If they were operating in the physical one could easily point a finger and say here goes a witch. But witchcraft operates in the invisible world of darkness; in the world of principalities and dominions. So how then do they see them with naked eyes up to catching and killing them physically? What they did to these five people is called barbarism and everyone who is seen and those the video did not show should be brought to justice.
Until then, may justice finds its course.
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