Heckling And Personal Attacks Are Trappings Of Our Corrupt Politicians And Biassed Bloggers!!

Posted on June 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

As the debate revolving around the issue of deportation and citizenship rages, I would like to take the plunge, if I may, and continue with my contribution as a patriotic Kenyan.

May I begin by stating that it is quite disheartening when heckling and personal attacks are used as the modus operandi in any open debate. We are all entitled to our opinions and it is a shame really when strong arm tactics are used in an attempt to stifle the freedom of speech and free thought. As individuals we sometimes take these concepts for granted or have a warped sense of their meaning and what they signify. As Kenyans we all know that heckling, personal attacks and fist fights are the trappings of our morally corrupt politicians and we are ever critical of their methods, yet when we debate amongst ourselves we resort to the same despicable habits. I personally tend to reason that this is a generation flaw that will disappear with time, but I’m beginning to wonder whether I may be proved wrong. Kenyan bloggers and their contributors belong to the younger and more dynamic generation and to see them, to see us, also subscribing to the same methods is pathetic and saddening. Civility is the mark of a mature and progressive society.

Petersson is according to reports from the blogs currently incarcerated and has yet to be charged with specific crimes. He has also according to these reports not been brought before a court of law. This situation if true is a violation of his rights and should be condemned by all. However, as I have stated in an earlier article, Sweden is not a banana republic and despite the racism that exists the Swedes follow the law to the letter. The only exception, where one is kept incommunicado and confined, being in cases where investigations still under way and releasing the accused may jeopardize these investigations. Apparently Petersson is able to communicate with others outside his area of confinement and this makes the case quite baffling. Any attempt at further analyzing the situation with the above information would be pure speculation. In his shoes I would concentrate my efforts into contacting human rights and public opinion groups, since my rights would have been violated, instead of Kenya bloggers that have little or no influence within the Swedish judiciary. However these groups demand transparency and all the facts have to be presented, furthermore above board. Unfortunately, it is a Kenyan virtue to shun transparency and we are moreover masters at manipulation. I apologize in advance if I have treaded on any toes with this statement. The truth however always has an uncanny habit of surfacing not matter how hard it is hidden from public gaze. Enough said.

There seems to be confusion regarding the process surrounding procuring Swedish citizenship. Please allow me to illuminate. When a person has fulfilled the prerequisites stipulated, an application together with the passport one holds is sent to immigration. Immigration then authenticates your identity and your passport as genuine, and then requests the police to do a background check. If everything checks out, you are granted Swedish citizenship. Your status is confirmed in written form and your passport returned to you. A letter is also sent to the respective representative of your former country to inform them of the additional or change of citizenship. Some years back, when multiple citizenships were not enshrined in Swedish law, the passport would have been sent to the Embassy in question with a letter stating that you had revoked that particular citizenship and taken on the Swedish one. This means that even if the Kenyan Embassy is aware that you have shifted your allegiance, they have never chased down individuals with demands to return their now, according to the Kenyan constitution, legally void passports. Call it fate, administrative blunders or magnanimity from the Kenya Embassy, but this state of affairs does benefit very many Kenyan Swedes. Since multiple citizenships were incorporated in Sweden, the onus of returning the passport is sole obligation of the individual in question. The Swedish state has no use for the passport and cannot certainly annul the said document, therefore delegating the individual the opportunity to doing the right thing. In Peterssons case, he should have returned the Kenya passport to the Government of Kenya, the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm if you will, as it is still the property of the Kenyan state. Moreover the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm has within its mandate to demand the passport from the individual with the help of the Swedish State if need be. I wonder how some bloggers would react if this was the case. The Kenyan Embassy as per blog reports has apparently been corresponding with the Swedish authorities in Petersson’s case. These communications are between two states at a diplomatic level and the Kenyan Embassy is under no obligation whatsoever to divulge their contents just because someone, with no authority mind you, demands so. Someone making demands of this nature should state the authority or platform that gives them the right to do so. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on where one stands, being a patriotic Kenyan, a quasi-militant activist and or blogger does not necessarily qualify one as a recipient.
“It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it” Johann Von Goethe

Let’s be candid. Pettersson’s case, apart from the incarceration, is not unique. Many Kenyans retain and hold onto their Kenyan passports even after they have been granted Swedish citizenship. I neither blame them nor condemn them and do not wish to pass any judgment or analyze the reasons behind this decision. Therefore the reason as to why Petersson is still in procession of his Kenya passport despite being bestowed upon Swedish citizenship is obvious. This piece of information is now known to the Swedish authorities and to the question as to how they procured this information is only answerable by Petersson himself. My point is that sitting on the fence has its advantages and disadvantages. In Petersson’s case the disadvantages are now manifesting themselves and unfortunately add fuel to the institutional and racist perception of Africans as being untrustworthy and dishonest. Friendship in all honor, but should we stop reasoning and turn a blind eye when one errs just because he is a friend, just because he is Kenyan? If we do so, what message is being sent as to the nature of our society? This, I daresay, is one of the predicaments facing the Kenyan Ambassador and the diplomats at the Embassy in Stockholm.

So what is the gross affront to the Kenyan constitution that has occurred? How, as one blogger puts it, has the Kenyan constitution been raped by an advanced capitalist country? At the risk of being identified as a “mulambaji”, how is the Kenyan Ambassador and by extension the diplomats accredited to Sweden to blame for Petersson retaining his void passport? Is the Ambassador to blame for the attempt to deport Petersson? How does she figure in the process of applying for and receiving Swedish citizenship? Granted, the Swedish authorities should be condemned for stripping Petersson of his citizenship and trying to clandestinely deport him, but hasn’t Petersson indeed provided them with the opportunity to mischief by retaining his Kenyan passport in direct contradiction to the Kenyan constitution? Swedish citizenship is granted after a minimum of four years residency in Sweden. By this time any person of moderate intelligence should be able to comprehend what being African in Sweden entails. Naivety cannot suffice as an excuse. As so the saying goes one makes his bed and lays in it, aptly describing this situation. We have been asked to defend the Kenyan constitution by one blogger? From what may I ask? Does calling the Ambassador “a lame duck” fortify this defense? What role are Kenyan “snakes in our midst” expected to play? Or are they not patriotic enough? I personally may not agree with some of the things that the Kenya Embassy in Stockholm has done, during and before the tenure of the current Ambassador, and will most probably not do so in the future. But in this particular case I fail to see the wrong they have been accused of and what warrants the vicious attacks directed at them. One most zealous blogger terms those that digress from his modus operandi of dealing with the Embassy and its officials as showing signs of “slowly falling into sycophancy”. This is a certainly the pot calling the kettle black. Sycophancy is basically a trait subscribed to self-seekers and manifests itself in many forms be they passive or aggressive. The same blogger wants every patriotic Kenyan to defend the Kenyan constitution that he himself identifies as being colonial. Defend things colonial? I think not! This is contradiction per excellence, another topic for some other time.

Be safe wanainchi wenzangu…..butdoisay…

By Milton Muigai.

Butdoisay comment: Those with deaf ears will never understand…can someone please write in their mother tongue, plizzzz……


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@Thanks Mr Milton! Tell them that Over Indulgence is no Gift! Time is a great teacher and unfortunately the same time kills its own people, especially those that have access to script.


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