Paralyzed Media in a Paralyzed Country

By Adongo Ogony

The events in our country in the last few days have been beyond insanity by the Uhuru government.

After issuing countless threats to NASA leaders to avoid swearing in Raila Odinga as president promising to arrest him and get him hanged the Swearing in came in January 30, 2018. It is an event that will be etched in our collective consciousness for generations to come.

What this will lead to we do not know. The cynics are doing what they do best. They think this was nonsense which will lead nowhere. Unfortunately for them some of us do not have the luxury of cynicism. We live in the here and now.

What has happened so far is that President Uhuru seems to have lost his mind. I know saying something like that can get my house bombed. If Uhuru is going to order his cops to bomb the houses of everybody who can’t stand Uhuru like they did with Miguna Miguna, very soon Uhuru may run out of bombs.

We are many as was seen in Uhuru Park on January 30, 2018. The government might have to designate all the tax money they collect to stocking up on weapons to destroy the NASA supporters. That is no easy task so good luck with that.

On January 30, 2018 Uhuru’s government stormed in media houses and switched off some of the biggest news providers in the country including NTV.
For the last few days some of the biggest names in Kenyan media namely, Larry Madowo, Linus Kaikai and Ken Mijunga have reportedly been hankering in the toilet at Nation House to avoid being arrested mainly for doing their job.

The media houses have hardly or meekly raised their concerns with the government. If this was the Moi era in the 1990’s the media would be screaming bloody murder. But it seems Uhuru gets a pass. I wonder why.

It is astonishing that the media houses have not even gone to court to get their TV outlets freed from the clutches of the state. Activist Okiya Omtatah is the one who had the guts to take the matter to court while the media seems to be enjoying being shut off by Uhuru. It is really absurd.

Omtatah who got a court order to re-open the networks was stopped from delivering the court order by the new gestapo in town and of course Uhuru’s government is very comfortable showing complete contempt for the court orders.

Are they going to start arresting judges who issue these court orders?
Watching the pictures of the destruction of Miguna’s house it looks true that the police commandos bombed their way in to house and was just tearing the place apart. That is an act of terrorism. There is no other way to define it even to those who are blind to the need for justice in our country.

Now the police boss is saying Miguna Miguna called himself the General of an outlawed organization (NRM) and they had to arrest him. That is complete rubbish. What Miguna said or did not say is irrelevant. What matters is what the cops found in Miguna’s home.

Did they find army tanks and weapons that Miguna was piling up for war against the state? No they didn’t. That is what counts in a court of law if we will still have them after Uhuru is finished with his moment of pure madness.

As we speak the Kenya government owes Kenyans who survived the Moi abuses something close to Kshs1 billion. They are struggling to pay it. I am personally one of those victims still waiting to be paid after winning my case in 2014.
Now with the new wave of gross violations of human rights the Kenyan taxpayer will be in for another Kshs 1 billion to the victims. The state abuses people and we pay.

But that is nothing compared to those who are getting killed outright. Today we have a report about a 14 year old shot by police in Kibera and that is on top of hundreds already killed since August 8, 2018.

What we saw on January 30, 2018 is that when Kenyans are left alone they can hold peaceful rallies and protests and then just go home.

My real fear is that with the recklessness going on and politicians security being compromised right, left and centre very soon one of them is going to get killed and what may follow after that is unthinkable. We are playing with fire near a tank full gasoline. That never ends well.

I saw an editorial from the Daily Nation entitled “Stop humiliation of opposition leaders”. The editorial is about oppositions leaders state provided security and personal licensed guns being taken away by the state. This is not a simple act of humiliation. This is dangerous abuse of the rights of Kenyans who are by law provided with security. Let’s call a spade a spade for once.

If any of these politicians whose security is being compromised get shot even by thugs we can easily set the country aflame. Even stupidity has limits if you still want to function. Let’s stop playing around with the lives of Kenyans even if some are perceived to be from enemy tribes or communities. Kenyans all pay taxes.
Let me leave with the following awakening words of Pastor Martin Niemoller

o First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the Trade Unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.
That in a nutshell is where Kenya is right now. So speak out wherever you are even in the media. Please. It is for your own survival.

Adongo Ogony is a human rights activist.

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3 comments on “Paralyzed Media in a Paralyzed Country

  1. Bwana Adongo,
    This pains me a great deal.
    This Miguna Miguna issue.
    I know all about asthma, it wont go away as long as you are put in a certain environment. The thing can chock you to death if you don’t have an inhaler. So I feel for Miguna in that respect. Besides, I’m told that he was put in a cell flooded with water, so he cant sit down and has been on his feet for two days running.

    Just remember that the order given by the court was from an anonymous magistrate, who had no guts to write his name on the order.

    This thing is getting dangerous by the day. We are heading for the cliff.

    Uhuru has inherited the bad habits of his father and Moi combined.

    But my gut feeling tells me that he will be deposed sooner or later.

    Adongo, trigger all you contacts within human rights, for it seems to me that its the US and EU that’s encouraging the regimes treachery.

    Sad sad and sad

  2. Thanks for putting this up there.

    I am talking to folks on the ground as we speak. I sent an email to Maina Kiai after his very brilliant piece on the matter in Daily Nation.

    I am telling my good friends in the human rights movement that we have to act now. They agree. This is getting very serious and dangerous.

    Miguna was arrested in Nairobi and then taken to Githunguri police station where a gang of political hooligans were were waiting to kill him.

    Then a judge issues a court order that he must be released and the Uhuru regime decides the court order is nothing to them. Really?

    Now Miguna is reported to be having an asthma attack. He needs medical relief and the Uhuru police says no way. Never mind that Miguna should not even be in police custody as per court orders.

    That is the country we have. We are going to change it inch by inch. We are fine with that.

    The battle is on. For sure.

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