The dangerous prevailing trend in the country of threatening the lives of innocent Kenyans with death threats is a deadly primitivity that must be fought from all fronts, at all levels without fear.
That many of these threats are executed with deadly precision – a grim set-back to the dark days of the nation which demands for an all-out frontal confrontational battle against evil forces executing these executions.
It goes without saying that this country has gone through a history of dark hours of deep pain and loss of life any grizzly circumstances most executed by agents of the powers that may be in the government – but the story of Photojournalist Boniface Mwangi and his family is horrendously traumatic.
Arguably there is no regime that has been at the helm of this country’s leadership right from before independence to date that is clean of evil flood from its hands because we know how many thousands of Kenyans were tortured, killed or detained by the colonial government which intensified to abominable proportions during the state of emergency in the 1950s when patriotic Kenyans took to the bush to fight for the country’s independence.
How the ordinary millions of people of the Kenyan communities were denied any right to voice their constitutional, legal, religious and natural rights by those in power whose immense power over life and death was exercised ruthlessly to the very hilt.
The fact that through four successive regimes since independence the grave of the top Kenyan freedom fighter Dedan Waciuri Kimathi who was captured and killed by the British colonists has never been discovered for them to be exhumed and accorded a decent state burial is a grim remainder on how the power of government control can be grossly abused.
Though founding father of the Nation the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was in power for nearly two decades, followed by his successor retired President Daniel Arap Moi for nearly three decades, followed by his successor retired President Mwai Kibaki crowned by the late Kenyatta’s son who is in power none of them has ever tried to find Kimathi’s grave nor fight against those injustices.
If the Kenyans thought that after attaining independence from the foreign colonial master, they were free of the evil forces of extra judicial killings, tortuous assassinations, accidental killings or dying and mysterious disappearance they were soon to be proved wrong as voices of truth, justice and liberty were ruthlessly murdered.
Today in the 21st century under a completely new Constitution of the Republic of Kenya 2010 in which every Kenyan’s rights are legally protected under the Constitution’s Bill of Rights Stipulations with a new post-independence generation President and Deputy these threats are still real and even more deadly.
During the late Kenyatta’s regime some of the high profile political assassinations to silence critical voices hitting out at the excesses of the prevailing regime included Pio Gama Pinto, Tom Mboya then a cabinet minister in Kenyatta’s regime right on the streets of Nairobi in broad day light whose killers were until to date never brought to justice.
This was followed by the assassination of yet another vocal critic of that regimes injustices and excesses that was then Nyandarua Member of Parliament Josiah Mwangi Kariuki whose decomposing shattered body was discovered by herdsmen in Ngong forest. His killers were never apprehended nor brought to face justice though government agents were heavily implicated and heavy cover-up operations executed.
Perhaps the darkest hour of the Country was during the regime of retired former President Moi after the 1982 attempted coup when through the then notorious Special Branch Police started a deadly ruthlessly crackdown against his perceived opponents or so called agitators speaking out the failings against his regime or perceived to be gunning for the office of the Presidency.
Moi’s major high profile culprit for execution was then foreign affairs Minister Robert Ouko whose body’s charred remains were discovered by yet another herds boy on Got Alila hill near his rural home, just like JM Kariuki following days after a mysterious disappearance.
Despite several investigations by international police from the Scotland Yard in London, crowned by a series of Commissions of Inquiry, Ouko’s killers were never positively identified and brought to book.
That followed tens of mysterious deaths of many individuals who were perceived as key witnesses or players in the killing or murder of the former foreign minister which pointed to a well calculated systematic and ruthless destruction of witnesses and evidence.
Therefore followed hundreds of mysterious disappearances never to be traced of vocal people or even those less vocal but perceived to be a threat to the leadership of the Moi regime including detentions like his predecessor Kenyatta at the newly constructed Nyayo House and Nyati House detention and torture chambers – Kenya was turned into a one party state with the tampering of the old constitution to create Section 2(a) that outlawed all political parties in Kenya apart from the ruling Kanu.
The deadly ruthless suppression of the voice of dissent became so hot forcing fellows like Koigi Wamwere the Subukia in Nakuru politician to flee the country into exile in Norway with many others whose lives were threatened – the Special Branch had become a power of its own.
This only toned down with the emergence of massive opposition in the early 1990s in the run up to the 1992 general elections that led to the repeal of Section2 (a) to pave way for multi-party democracy with elections slated for 1992 that saw the emergence of Deputy President William Ruto then as the Organizing Secretary of a Kanu outfit called Youth for Kanu 1992 – YK ’92.
Many Kenyans thought that with the promulgation of the new constitution and the Kenyans’ Bill of Rights, extra judicial killings would be a thing of the past, but how wrong they were as the members of the outlawed Mungiki group were systematically ruthlessly hunted down and killed especially after being used in the post 2007 general elections violence.
It must be from this background that Ruto has perfected the art of intimidation, bullying and suppressing any voice of dissent as his mentor Moi must have taught to orchestrate and execute in his days as Kanu’s lackey.
Since those ruthless extra judicial killings erupted they have continued throughout to date under President Kenyatta with special execution gangs within and outside special secret police force units or ex-police or army turned into murderous mercenary squads for hire to execute orders from politicians, business associates, and any evil character who can afford their services.
The most high profile victims of these murderous squads is none other than Jacob Juma who was found executed in his Marcedes Benz car in Langata whose killers to date have never been brought to justice.
We also have the killing of the then Kikuyu Member of Parliament in his car opposite Telposta towers popularly known as G.P.O on Kenyatta Avenue and whose killers are yet to be brought to justice. The examples are endless including of former journalist cum blogger called Bogonko who disappeared more than five years ago without trace to this very minute.
Therefore the threats against the life of Photojournalists Boniface Mwangi is very real in Kenya and not a question of crying wolf when there is none because the powers that be in this country are deadly and ruthless otherwise the Bogonkos, the Juma’s, the then MP elect for Embakasi and many others would be living to tell their stories.