Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Re-colonization of Ngugi’s Mind

Ngugi wa Thion’go had every right to support whoever he wanted in the past rigged Kenya election. His choice of throwing his weight behind Kibaki his former teacher at Makerere is understandable and commendable. Many would have wished the "internationally renowned Kenyan scholar" remained neutral. Ngugi’s commentary on BBC titled, "Ngugi laments Kenya Violence," is very disturbing and puts many former students, great admirers and people of color all over the world in a very difficult position.

On the violent reaction after Kibaki’s violent coup, Ngugi laments "that this instant seems to have been part of a co-ordinated programme with similar acts occurring in several other places at about the same time against ordinary members of the same community." Rather than standing tall and tell truth to power, our great African scholar, the proud author of "Decolonization of the Mind," seems blinded by tribal pride and chooses tribe over justice. Kibaki’s violent coup instigated violence upon an innocent nation. Ngugi cannot be naive to think, "Shoot to Kill," is a title of a movie, but an order to kill poor Kenyans by Kibakis illegitimate government. After the Rodney King verdict by an all white jury was pronounced, African Americans’ reaction was not co-ordinated and Ngugi would be committing intellectual suicide by stating otherwise.

Because of my high respect of Professor Ngugi wa Thion’go, I find it very hard to comment on the next two paragraphs, but hope he would re-evaluate his insinuation.

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An opposition movement is potentially a government of tomorrow. A programme that such a political organisation draws while in opposition would obviously be the programme they'll try to implement when in power.

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That's why such acts must be condemned even when they are clothed in progressive, democratic-sounding words and phrases.

It is the people of Kenya who were the opposition and the victims. To promote that the "Kikuyus are the victims and since Kibaki is a Kikuyu, then he too is a victim" is a bit of a stretch. Yes, the illegitimate Kibaki government INSTIGATED violence, (walipanga kuiba na kuuwa), they planned to steal and kill and the best proof is, "Ngugi look at the mirror."

Ngugi knew when he sided with Kibaki he would be accused of promoting tribalism and unless professor Ngugi wa Thion’go reads all his books, don’t expect him to change. Ngugi’s position should not be taken lightly.

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Kibaki must be held responsible for the bloodshed. ECK has no excuse, they too can be charged for complicity to commit genocide. Those who are looking at the tribal hatred and murder might be naive to try to blame Raila, but the truth is Kibaki number 2, must be stopped by any means necessary. The signs are very clear, "A Tribal Dictatorship." Kenyans had no problem in the last election when Kibaki, a Kikuyu ran against Uhuru, another Kikuyu. It is time for Kikuyus to stand up and smell the chai. Kikuyus are the poorest and the most oppressed. Shoot to Kill has always been used against Kikuyus "Del Monte." The only matatus that must go to the police station for a strip search, are the ones going to Kikuyuland. There are more Kikuyus in prison than any other group. Kikuyus just like they rejected Uhuru and what he stood for, can reject Kibaki for trying to bring back the KANU type dictatorship. Raila and Luos should also be very careful when making statements about the election. Kenyans did not vote for Raila the Luo; Kenyans voted for Raila the ODM nominee.