واعتصموا بحبل الله جميعا ولا تفرقوا
And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.
[Surat Al-Baqarah 3:103]
It is time for the Believers to take a stand. We are living in the Age of Prophecy. Not one of us, not a single one of us can deny, or will ever be able to deny before our Lord Allahﷻ on the fateful day when there will be nowhere to hide, that we did not see the signs of the time our dear Rasul ﷺ and his noble predecessors (as) warned us about.
I read Kwendo Opanga’s piece of Sunday Nation piece of 18.10.2020 and thought to share my thoughts.
It is a well-intentioned and highly diplomatic piece, but it is fundamentally flawed philosophically — specifically in terms of Political Philosophy.
Democracy being premised on purely consolidating a majority in a chamber that is devoid of a message but is underpinned by the divisive values of individualism (Individual Freedom) and the materialism of Capitalism (Freedom of Ownership), inevitably makes it about what current Deputy President William Samoei Ruto once perfectly described as “…creating coalitions of hatred”. …
(Notes on the Next War) Ernest Hemingway
War in upon itself, like killing, or any other form of creation or destruction or action for that matter is neither good nor evil.
Good or evil is determined by context and moral basis.
We are now in the second decade of the undeclared unacknowledged Third World War. …
The Government of Kenya’s hollow but public relations-savvy response to the coronavirus crisis has been wanting. The control initiative began following the appointment of Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to the Health Ministry in late February 2020. As the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases resulted in a worldwide pandemic, hysteria and public restrictions, the Health Cabinet Secretary issued ever sterner directives that included fines and the threat of a jail sentence against those who failed to adhere to self-quarantine.
On the ground, however, there are signs of disorder. There have been reports of healthcare workers, unable to secure even the…
The health crisis we face from chemical pesticides in the soil, water, plants and animals that form our food chain has been proven to be directly related to Monsanto, the largest agrochemical outside of Europe. This has been proven by research, tested by science and the even more the rigorous — process of litigation in an environment favourable to corporations. Monsanto has been found guilty in all courts; the court of science, the court of law, and the court of humanism.
The Prison Industrial Complex that is the Westphalian Nation-State
My abdomen clenched like a fist, my bladder tightened, and any need I had to relieve myself instantly evaporated. I wretched and recoiled in disgust as I reflexively ducked back out of the police prison cell toilets.
I have grown up in boarding school, lived in the poor areas of Nairobi city without sewerage but nothing can prepare you to board in the stench generated by the three foot tall mound hill of human faeces that was slowly decomposing two walls away from the office of the Officer in Charge of…
It is not your fault.
You did not fail to lead. You had no thought.
You did not fail to protect. You had no dominion.
You are not a child of two worlds; colonialism and post-colonialism, pre-World War II and post-World War II. You are child of no world.
You are silent because you are lost.
How can you become what you do not know? Who knows what a Kikuyu was? Was like? So that you could be Kikuyu?
The illusion of sovereignty and state arising out of territories created in 1885 is fast disintegrating. The false political medium in Africa modelled after the Westphalian nation-state which Zbigniew Brzezinski aptly described as “pseudo-states”, is undergoing Samuel Huntington’s political decay. In this case a situation where social-political awareness and activism has evolved at a pace beyond the ability of the colonial institutional order’s ability to adapt.
Natives under the delusion of rights that they presumed they had as a natural outcome of the false liberation from colonialism, make untenable demands on the imperial order. These demands consequently lead to fracture…
We cope with the oppressive system of Capitalism by eating our children’s futures before eating them alive. Grace Ogot captures us in her 1968 classic Tekayo, literally a story of cannibalism, metaphorically one of abuse of trust by a man in a position of authority. Authority of kinship where girls now live in fear of their fathers, authority of state where we all live in fear of our leaders, or more aptly our taskmasters.
Taxes, taxes, taxes. Value-Added-Tax, Pay-As-You-Earn Tax, Corporate Tax, National Health Insurance Fund Tax, National Social Security Fund Tax, Rates, Licenses, Trade Licenses and Permits, Union deductions……
March 9th 2018. We all sat there, in disbelief and consternation.
Could anyone be so cold? So unfeeling? So without compunction?
“No man, for any considerable period of time can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Sitting there watching, listening to the speeches, there was a buzz in my head that could not let me make out what they were saying, it did not matter. …