An open letter to Pastor Ndura Waruinge

December 18, 2006 at 6:41 pm 14 comments

Dear Pastor –

I take it from press reports that you are interested in contesting for the Lang’ata parliamentary seat.

I also take it from similar reports that your candidacy has, in the immediate, occasioned some tensions and loss of life in the said constituency.

As a Lang’ata resident, and also as a Christian (like yourself, if the press reports are to be believed) I wish to inform you as follows:

1. I recognize your constitutional right to contest here.

2. I welcome you to conduct your campaigns here.

In the same vein, I also would like to inform you that I disagree with your politics and the manner in which you are carrying out the same.

Consequently, neither I nor anyone I can influence in this constituency is going to vote for you; the tears of the friends and relatives we have in Kibera have been enough to reinforce our position on this (and I’m no Luo to be saying this).

Then of course there have been several issues, emerging over the period since you began your campaigns here, that continue to beg for more answers than are already in the public domain.

I honestly want to hope you will find the time to both pray and reflect on the nature and substance of your candidacy here.

Jesse.

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  • 1. larrymads  |  December 18, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    I second that. No excuse whatsoever can be given for the bloodshed and loss of life in Kibera. It is unacceptable and must stop. The government can not and should not condone the btchery of innocent citizens like that. If he behaves like this as a contender, what if he becomes the MP?!

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  • 2. joe  |  December 18, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    i think we are choosing to close our eyes and refusing to deal with issues head on. lets quit burying our heads in the sand – refusing to license ndura’s rally or calling him all sorts of things will not solve this problem. Imungiki is becoming a convenient lie for politicians

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  • 3. toiyoi  |  December 18, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    Ati being “saved” he threatned to go back on his “evil” ways.

    No wonder being “saved” gets the bad rap. But this shows the MO and genius of His master (Satan: Lets not forget the millions of years of experience this chap has), who lifts a man/woman up to the public limelight, and causes some poor unfortunate and un-discriminating soul to believe what the wo/man stands for, then drops him/her or reveals the unforgiven sin/evil that lurks underneath, and the poor unfortunate souls go:

    ” look what so and so that we thought was this and that can do. There is no true slavation” or such statements.

    Samples:
    -Kenya:Pattni is “born again”, yet will not own up to what is public knowledge of wrong-doing.
    Lesson. You can live any life you desire and be Born again.

    -USA:Brad and Jennifer are dubbed the “perfect couple”. Few months later, they split.
    Lesson: If two beautiful, popular and happy people can split, who am I?
    -World:Britney Spears has it all and is happy.
    Lesson: If Britney can break up and walk nude, nothing wrong with doing the same
    -World: Haggard is a great christian who is anti gay
    Lesson: If a great christian can be gay, being gay is not a choice
    -World:Oprah is “living in”, not married and is happy and doing all these great things.
    Lesson: A woman does not have to be married and soes not have to be single to be successful.

    The examples may not be all to do with christianity, but you get to see the MO of our adversary.

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  • 4. olymwandishi  |  December 18, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    I don’t know who or who not to blame in all the issues facing Kibera. As i have previously mentioned elsewhere, I will endorse those who I think can take the country to the next level in November 2007.
    But I can say two things that I find should be said:
    1. No one deserves to die just because they support one party or the other
    2. For the millionth time I remind Kenyans…you deserve the leaders you put there in the first place.

    Now just as a by the roadside, let me ask (maybe out of ignorance), why did the police hold a meeting with Raila today and then arrested Waruinge? I thought all that violence had to do with both of them!?

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  • 5. Patrick Gathara  |  December 18, 2006 at 11:33 pm

    I am outraged that the same guy who terrorised Kenyans for years as leader of Mungiki has not only been a free man all these years but can hold a press conference in the centre of Nairobi and threaten -no, promise- to visit violence upon the people of Kibera.

    Pastors Waruinge, Deya and Pattni are a sad commentary on the redeeming power of religion.

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  • 6. toiyoi  |  December 19, 2006 at 1:31 am

    @Gathara
    Not redeeming, but abusive power of religion, unless by redeeming you are tongue-in-cheeking.

    Talking of redeeming, the most redeemed Bishop, i read, now has power to bestow eternal life to as many as he likes (since it was said in the presence of Prez Kibaki, we can suppose the Prez has a first hand (aka direct) ticket)

    @KA, is redeemmed Gospel still a light bearing church in kenya ( i was there 8 years ago)?

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  • 7. Kenyan Analyst  |  December 19, 2006 at 8:35 am

    @ Larry – Ditto!

    @ Joe – What issues have we closed our eyes to?

    @ Toiyoi – Ditto!

    @ Oly – There is a green snake in the green grass.

    @ Gathara – I doubt we need any reminder that when violence replaces decent talk as the tool for political mobilization, the road to a failed state becomes very short indeed. But seems some folks still think we can toy with violence and proceed with biz as ussual.

    @ Toiyoi – My heart gets heavy when we talk about the state of the Church these ways. I’ll talk to you some time.

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  • 8. J  |  December 19, 2006 at 11:00 am

    Jesus came to save – so Pattni can be born again; BUT there’s forgiveness … and the consequences as a result one’s actions.. i haven’t heard him ask for forgiveness and accept the consequences of his actions.. there’s the James 2:18 – faith as evidenced by actions

    Ndura can be born again too- but Just because one says that he is a pastor, doesn’t make him born again or a follower of Christ. His actions really don’t sound like those associated with a pastor…

    Our church – i’m really worried.. i wonder how much of the teachings of Christ are practised

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  • 9. mwangi  |  December 20, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    i really like the article i agree in as much it his constitutional right to contest for the post let reason prevail he should not do so at the expense of fuelling tribal animosity or could he be a government project i sign out

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  • 10. Kenyan Analyst  |  December 20, 2006 at 10:30 pm

    @ J – Ever heard of the term “cheap grace?” Ever read Dietrich Boenhoeffer?

    @ Mwangi – Thanks for reading.

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  • 11. Adi  |  December 21, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    Ohh NO!!!. How can Kenyans be blind over the issue. The threat was issued directly by the NARC Government, and actually it was an order to terrorize and kill people of Kibera. Norman Nyaga has all the information the police might need on the whole saga. Raila does not vote for himself to parliament. People vote him in, and my advise to the other aspirants like “Pastor” Ndura Waruinge is that, he better face the people of Langata and ask them for their votes politely rather than being a lackey of tribalists like Norman Nyuaga etc. Even so, Langata is not Nyanza Kibaki hate most.

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  • 12. Adi  |  December 21, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    Ohh NO!!!. How can Kenyans be blind over the issue. The threat was issued directly by the NARC Government, and actually it was an order to terrorize and kill people of Kibera. Norman Nyaga has all the information the police might need on the whole saga. Raila does not vote for himself to parliament. People vote him in, and my advise to the other aspirants like “Pastor” Ndura Waruinge is that, he better face the people of Langata and ask them for their votes politely rather than being a lackey of tribalists like Norman Nyaga etc. Even so, Langata is not Nyanza Kibaki hate most.

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  • 13. Ohjay  |  December 21, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    Does anyone remember these words: “Mtu mzima, aki simama mbele ya watu, kazi yake tuu ni mpira, eti kucheza mipira”? Then another phrase followed, “Wacha tutamletea kijana waruinge”.
    The same prefect who has the authority to hand pick people to the EA assembly remembers these quite too well.
    But for the Pastor behind bars, What does your Bible say about those who desire to become Pastors, and Deacons and Teachers??
    Satan will use you and then show you how naive you are as his subject by sheding light on your nakedness.
    Afterall he is The Acuser.

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  • 14. aletheia  |  December 21, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    For the requirment of a church leader read 1 Timothy 3. You will find that Ndura Waruinge falls short of these….
    Unfortunately, the Church has closed her eyes on these masquarading angels of darkness. Worse still, some Church leaders have endorsed and given support to these spiritual hooliganism…its a pity!!!

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