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In the prequel to this article, I already explained what Deus ex machina means.

We pray to a God we don’t really believe in.

As a country, we have no soul, no heart; we are bereft of conscience and our moral compass is defunct.

Despite the tragedy and sadness, the Westgate massacre has brought the reality of Kenya to many in the upper middle class and the rich. The hens have come home to roost. The fruits of our apathy are here with us now. This is what corruption and tribalism does to a country. This and many more, are and will be recompense for the ills that you have simply seen as slights.

Who cares anyway? After all, all you need to become Cabinet Secretary in Charge of Defense is for your brother to have gone to school with the president and a consistent ability to wear sunglasses.

To our non-caring elite, and those who aspire to be like them: you are like Loki, the Nordic god of evil; it seems there is no pain that would prise your need for greed and power from you. But trust me, a lot of people think that until the pain starts.

We court chaos, and yet when chaos responds to our song and dance and comes upon us, we are surprised. Do we not realise that we lie in the bed we have made for ourselves?

We lie and kill, in the service of liars and killers.

When a child is shot down in church and in Westgate and angels weep, and that child’s death is directly linked to your tribalism and corruption, not only are you on the wrong side of history, but you are on the wrong side of me and others like me.

Just because we disagree does not mean we must insult and tear each other down. Let someone teach this lesson to Aden Duale, Justin Muturi, and Jakoyo Midiwo. Teach it to the Americans as well.

And if we must insult, can we at least put some effort and thought into our insults? From issuing witty barbs, we have descended to witless barbarism.

One of the reasons I support Uhuru Kenyatta, though I did not vote for him, is this; first, he is our President. Second, Uhuru has the opportunity and ability to fix this country. He can fix tribalism, corruption, and poverty. And if he fixes the first two the third will solve itself. In my opinion, he has done great so far. Many criticise him, but the truth of the matter is that it is easier to criticise and tear down than to build. But Mr. President, please de-tribalise your government and the civil service. Despite what many of your supporters may say in terms of ‘so and so is well qualified to hold the job’- justice must be done and be seen to be done.

I might sound like a broken record, but it is because the truth is simple. I believe the principle of Occam’s razor says something to the effect that the best solution is the simplest one. The problem with security in our country, as with everything else, is tribalism and corruption. We are dancing in the glory of monsters, and you only need to visit the Congo to see what tribalism and corruption can do to a country. De-link the NIS from politics. Give them the power to arrest and detain. And terminate where necessary. But keep them answerable to the law. I spoke with a contemporary of mine in the NIS and he asked me: If you were President, would not like to know what your political allies and rivals are up to? And my answer was; yes I would, but not at the expense of the taxpayer.

 Pay the police better. Give them better equipment, training, and housing. Let go of knee jerk reactions and shoot to kill orders from hoteliers. And by the way, when that particular hotelier who now happens to be Cabinet Secretary of the Interior said that there was an insignificant number of hostages left, unlike many Kenyans I was not offended. The problem is English. He thought that insignificant means the same as a few. But that’s what happens when you are used to counting plates and saucers, and your mind is limited.

De-tribalise the military. On the other hand, I don’t see why Kenyans are raising such a hue and cry, or in more pedestrian terms, raising such a beef over the looting that KDF seems to have done at Westgate. Most of us would have done the same. That is who we are as a country and to deny it is to be a hypocrite and full of shit. We glorify wealth, no matter how ill gotten it is. Everyone wants theirs. We believe that the end justifies the means.

As you idly fret and facilitate our destruction, realise there is blood on your hands. There is red in your ledger. And you need to wipe it out.

And if you destroy or continue to destroy our country in the fashion that you and your ilk have done, you can be damn sure that there are some among us who will avenge it, and hold you to account for your sins. This is not a threat; it is a promise.



Author: Walubengo's Den

Lawyer, Entrepreneur and Development Worker


  1. The Stoic sage should withdraw from public efforts when unheeded and the state is corrupt beyond repair. It is wiser to wait for self-destruction. -N. Taleb

  2. De-tribalise is the word!!! But how will mr president deal with the issue! While he is at the forefront to fight his foes in his native language? He better wakes up from running a pr government to real business!

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