Eldoret Church was NOT burnt by Muslims!

January 16, 2008 at 8:43 pm 3 comments

Someone in the West needs to come clean on the above, following a promise I had made to you last night.

My countryside home is an hour from Eldoret.

I have lived in Eldoret.

I have family and friends in Eldoret.

I have other credible contacts in Eldoret.

No one is blaming, and indeed should blame, Islam for the Eldoret affair.

Whatever concerns Kenyan Christians may have with their Muslim counterparts, Eldoret was not and should not be one of them.

I have, in the meanwhile come across some e-mail correspondence indicating an effort to play out the Eldoret incident in particular and the wider political crisis in the country as a Christian-Muslim affair.

The target audience appears to be Christians and Christian leaders in the West, some of whom appear to have already been baited hook, sinker and line – your sense of the motives is as good as mine.

This is a dangerous, false premise, whose tentacles most of you might have witnessed prior to the December 27th polls.

In my own constituency, the PNU campaign machine organized a special seminar for all Church leaders the Saturday before the polls where messages along the foregoing were driven home: some pamphlets were given, remarks made, and each cleric given Kshs. 400 for airtime (others had already been given a bicycle each).

The PNU man who co-ordinated all this is a person I have known since the 1980s, a time when I was a kid looking up to him in some ways – an extremely intelligent and affable creature, part of an extensive wing in the PNU that was reaching out to believers in this manner (I was shocked to learn he had been in my constituency to campaign thus).

The next day (Sunday) was a spectacle to behold as various clergymen tried to drive home the message received the day before.

The sum of the message was that ODM was evil / demonic / pro-Islam while PNU was good / angelic / pro-Christian; some of the violence witnessed in Cherangany was a reaction to this message (when, after Kivuitu’s announcement, PNU and MK were suddenly seen in the other light by folks who had already heard about the clerics’ seminar).

We won’t get far with the kind of propagandizing being made around the Eldoret affair as a nation: It’s dishonest, it’s dangerous, it’s plain silly.


Entry filed under: 2007 General Elections in Kenya, Africa, Crime, Jesse Masai, Kenya, Literature, Media, Missions, Persecution & Martyrs, Personals, Politics, Prophecy, Religion, Society, World.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pea  |  January 16, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Some of these stereotypes can be very annoying.

  • 2. Ishara  |  January 17, 2008 at 10:01 am

    The Church has become just as ethnically polarised as the Kenyan electorate but with the added disadvantage of it eating into their moral authority.

    Wananchi can no longer rely on church elders for unbiased guidance or advise ergo we are fast losing respect for the Church as an institution and for the Church elders as leaders.

    This high level of intolerance, overt prejudice and underlying permissiveness is the genesis of Church burning in Kenya.

  • 3. Tom  |  January 23, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    And you are surprised when you see no fear of the “so called Church” if the Glory of God was present, no one would dare touch the Temple, but as it is, counterfeit church that worships the demon of tribalism has been exposed by God, it has no power or moral Authority, it is in effect dead! what is God saying?

    Go back to your first Love, its the greatest temptation yet to all Christians in kenya, whoever will make it out of this, will form the root of the great revival coming to the land.

    politics always fall in line, its not a big deal for God to deal with our politics, His heart is more drawn by our Faith, He is Mighty to Save, when we straighten up our Faith, he will starighten up our Politics! after role, He appoints Kings and disposes of them!

    Remember Prov 29:2


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