Eldoret Church was NOT burnt by Muslims!
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.