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The trouble with the NCCK protocol: The glory has left, left ’em

A few hours ago, the NCCK outlined its road-map towards a new constitutional dispensation for this great country.
For an organization that had reportedly pumped Shs. 70 million into the review process in past days, today’s press release was generally expected.
Under different circumstances, the NCCK’s proposals would have jelled with everyone and probably been embraced by all.
They are neat proposals by most standards, – but I dare say they risk becoming pedestrian when the “appointing authority” (in our case, most likely the Presidency) will have the final say.
And therein, as was the case with its Ufungamano draft, lies the trouble with the NCCK protocol. 
There was a time in this country when the main Christian voice to be listened to was the NCCK’s.
The NCCK has done great things in this country, including such landmark achievements as pursuing peace and reconciliation among some of our troubled communities. 
There was also a time when the NCCK’s Secretary General – the Rev. Mutava Musyimi – was a Daniel of some sorts, – infact there was once talk of him getting to run as a compromise candidate for the then divided opposition in Kenya.
Personally, I admired the man.
As a reporter with one of Kenya’s mainstream newspapers a few years ago, I once covered an event at which he was one of the keynote figures.
On another occassion, he was the guest of honour at a university graduation ceremony I was at: good thinking was evident, good articulation of ideas on the country’s education sector at the time.
Here was a leader I greatly admired, – I think I’m more at ease saying that in the past tense at the moment. 
To be honest, I do not even know what they stand for at the moment.   
In my view, the man and the organization lost it the moment they became a little too cosy with the establishment, including accepting to be co-opted into some arms of government on parameters I’m yet to grasp (by the way, whatever happened to that anti-corruption thing?).  . 
Its second fall, I submit, arose in its deliberate and succesful harnessing of the spirit of “ecumenism” (someone needs to ask about the basis of such unity in the Body of Christ in this country)) to defend the status quo (the Wako draft); something they were never really honest about. 
I now have Christian friends who are claiming they need not hear anything further from the NCCK and associated clergymen; they want to be left to their own conscience in matters of life and faith as they were “abandoned” ahead of the referendum.
In other words, no further “no nos” from the Church on abortion, sexuality, corruption, etc.   
Infact, one reader of this blog (read comments on the post at the very bottom end of this page) has recommended that they resign.
And therein, I say, might lie the trouble for the NCCK protocol. 
These guys have lost the moral authority to lead both the Church and the country.
Icabod. 
The glory has left.
It’s that simple and difficult.


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November 29, 2005 at 11:39 pm 3 comments

I forgot to say this that other time…

I attended the Orange rally at Nyayo a few days ago.

What I saw in the hungry eyes of poor men, women and youth around me was a dire hunger for leadership; they very literally adored Raila Odinga et al and the earth upon which they stood.
I was on this terrace directly opposite the dais / pavillion; save for Church, I had never seen such a hunger in the eyes of a people.
Mingling with them and jostling for comfortable positions from which we could see and listen to politicians accross us, I couldn’t help thinking we – together – were sheep wandering aimlessly and dangerously on the Kenyan landscape, without a shepherd (political).
I felt mushy and sentimental at the thought, but it still hasn’t withered away after the referendum polls.
Something is still stinking – nay, it is rotten – in the State of Kenya.
No, I’m not reading from Shakespeare.
Raise your nose high up, – the stench will get to you even before you say “Apep!”


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November 29, 2005 at 12:22 pm 1 comment

Does it pay to be a Kenyan?

A friend e-mailed me to ask the above question, with the following text: 
A man dies and goes to hell.
There he finds that there is a different hell for each country.
He decides he’ll pick the least painful to spend his eternity.
He goes to Germany Hell and asks, “What do they do here?”
He is told “first they put you in an electric chair for an hour.
Then they lay you on a bed of nails for another hour.
Then the German devil comes in and whips you for the rest of the day”.
The man does not like the sound of that at all so he moves on.
He checks out the USA Hell as well as the Russia Hell and many more.
He discovers that they are all similar to the German hell.
Then he comes to the Kenyan Hell and finds that there is a long line of people waiting to get in. Amazed, he asks, “What do they do here?”
He is told “first they put you in an electric chair for an hour.
Then they lay you on a bed of nails for another hour.
The Kenyan devil comes in and whips you for the rest of the day.
” But that is exactly the same as all the other hells why are there so many people waiting to get in?” asks the man.
“Because there is never any electricity, so the electric chair does not work.  The nails were paid for but never supplied, so the bed is comfortable to sleep on. And the Kenyan devil used to be a civil servant, so he comes in, signs his time sheet and goes back home  for private business.”
So, does it really pay to be a Kenyan?


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November 29, 2005 at 12:11 pm 5 comments

Two considerations following the Orange thanksgiving yesterday

1.  Church and State relations:  Lest the pro-Orange Kenya Church falls prey to what bedevilled the NCCK, the ACK and the Catholic Church just a short while ago, I suggest it keeps its focus on that old and rugged cross in its engagement with the country’s political elite so as not to end up relying on the arm of flesh.  Global church history indicates that every time believers have sought and / or wielded political power and control / supremacy over nations, the results have almost always been less than Godly…………………….
2.  Understandably, the thanksgiving allowed for persons from other faiths to pray alongside the Christians….but there was one faith present (not Muslim or animist) whose real or perceived hold on the country’s politicsshould be a cause for concern for anyone who truly cares for this nation, continent and world………..


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November 27, 2005 at 7:33 am 4 comments

Job vacancies

The following are the available vacancies… please circulate to friends :-
 
RELEASE DATE: 23rd NOV 2005 jioni
TITLES: Mininster and ass.Minister in the following depertments
 
     Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife
Ministry of Information and commmunication
Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Local Government
Ministry of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services
Ministry of Water and Irrigation
Ministry of Regional Development Authorities
Ministry of Energy
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Ministry of Lands and Housing
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development
Ministry of Co-operative Development and marketing
Ministry of Justice and Constitutional affairs
State Law Office
 
Requirements:
1. Favourable advisory skills
2. Banana
 
NOTE:
If you dont hear from us (press release)in the next two weeks please consider you application unsucessfull
canvassing will lead to somewhat disquallification (depending who the canvasser and the canversee are)
The govt is an equal opportunity employer (though some are more equal than others)
 
If you think you are the right candidate please apply to recruit@statehouse.ka.lucy (gov)


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November 27, 2005 at 7:14 am 23 comments

An open letter to the Orange team

Dear ladies and gentlemen –
I have purposely refrained from calling you “movement” because you are yet to fully convince me about the direction and ultimate purpose of your unity.
However, you must rest in the confidence that mine was one of the millions of votes that endorsed the leadership you have so far – and ably so – provided to the challenge of shepherding our hopes and aspirations.
I’m writing to ask you to:
1. Consider keeping your word on the review process, – don’t you go the “pumbavu” way.
2. Consider staying the course in de-ethnicizing our body-poliik.
3. Consider, in as much as this shall depend on you, playing ball with our banana brethren for the purposes of processing an all-inclusive constitution.
4. Consider exiting the country’s political stage when, in the wisdom of time, you’ll have obviously done your patriotic bit for this great country, – don’t let the glory get into your head so much as to want to ride on the crest forever.
5. Consider honouring the most High Living God with your public and private lives, – I doubt you could have proceeded any further without his tacit backing. There are millions of prayerful men and women within and without Kenya who unceasingly committed this nation to God against much spiritual opposition.
Blessings!
Jesse Masai.


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November 22, 2005 at 6:25 pm 3 comments

Kenya after 21st: The way I see it

1. The state is and shall, for all intents and purposes, remain intact (inefficiencies of our civil service notwithstanding). However, the government – already out of sync with itself and a considerable portion of of the populace – shall be shaken to its core. I’m not talking about a military coup here, I’m talking about the end of a political era and the beginning of another. I’m also talking about the end of some careers and the beginning of others. More on that further below.
2. Mainstream Christianity has lost out on its credibility in the process and it shall have an uphill task regaining it again (and here I’m talking about individuals on both sides of the political divide). For obvious reasons, no believing and practising Christian is going to ever believe some of our so-called “men” and “women” of God on anything again. The Orange-Banana debates have shown us all that the Church is orthodox in its beliefs but very liberal (even hypocritical) in its practices some times. This disparity between knowledge and expected experience has caused an unprecedented cognitive dissonance in the minds and hearts of people (Christians or not) who previously looked up to the Church to provide spiritual and social leadership (refer to http://www.voteorangekenya.com/forum/index.php?topic=22.0 for summary of my thoughts on this). It is my humble submission that there is going to be a new revival in Kenyan Christianity, one that will have men and women hungering for a new visitation of God upon their lives and this country in ways we’ve never seen before. A new crop of Christian leaders is going to emerge in the process, – one that will not be afraid to take a clear stand for God on topical issues of the day and exhort their congregations to live for God and Him alone no matter the cost. Those are the people whose lives in this country are going to count for eternity. These are no ordinary times (I hope and pray you understand)!
3. Political leadership in this country is definitely going to change, perhaps even earlier than 2007. I take the position that Kenya is destined not just to better the lot of her citizenry but also provide leadership in the region as well as the entire continent. I believe we are called to be a nation that nurtures and blesses her own children as well as those who are hurting besides us (Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, etc). I believe Kenya has been called to be a blessing to the nations. However, successive regimes have not been faithful in leading us along these paths (there is every evidence around you to indicate that our best days remain ahead of us). A new political leadership has to emerge out of this referendum process that will change our status from merely being a nation of potential and promise into one that actually lives out that vision. I do not know precisely when we shall have a clean break with the selfishly myopic kind of politics we are being treated to over the proposed constitution, but it is my firm belief that Nov. 21 shall mark the start of our journey towards that new future. There are leaders who – in their foolish pride – have dedicated this country and its people to untold darkness; and there are leaders who – in their faithful humility – have chosen the less travelled road of walking in the light over the issues at hand. Both kinds are going to reap the fruit of their labour in the fullness of time.
Conclusion: At hand is not merely any other vote but a contest for the heart and soul of Kenya by not just the individuals we see on both sides of the divide but also the forces of good and evil. Kenyans must decide the kind of century they want to continue walking into. In doing this, they must consider not just their own priorities and concerns but also those of the God who ordained the being of this nation and very definitely reigns over it (some will, sadly, only acknowledge this too late in the day). In my prayers for this country, I rarely pray for the unity so many are clamouring for (“unity at all costs”); I pray for a clear-cut decision on that day that will not only expose the deep fissures that exist within and around us but also provide a working basis for honest national reflection and re-building.

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