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Playing the devil’s advocate-the Church

June 1, 2010 3 comments

We are a nation of peculiar habits, including our Churchmen.

Globally, the Church has always sought to bring religion into the State but it’s the politicians who preach secularism. In Kenya, the Church goes to court fulminating about establishment of religious laws in a secular state, and demands ‘a wall of separation’.
In southern Sudan, our Church was at the forefront demanding the Christian and animist South be freed from the Muslim North on grounds of religious prosecution. Locally, they consider the special constitutional privileges to the Muslim minority an injustice against Christians.

The Church was categorical until last week that they were merely opposed to the constitutional entrenchment of Kadhis’ courts but not the courts’ parliamentary enactment or their existence. Yet, their first statement after the court ruling was to urge the government to scrap the courts immediately.
According to the Church, religious freedom for all was intended to exalt Christianity, not other faiths. It sees itself as the depository of the nation’s moral and social guidance, but seeks justice and quality for the Christians at the expense of the Muslims. The flip side of the political court ruling was however a wake-up call for the Muslims, creating a sense of unity and determination.

In 1960, residents of the Coastal strip wanted to join the Sultanate of Zanzibar whilst the inhabitants of NFD sought join Somalia. In both instances, the Muslim population feared that they would be discriminate against on religious grounds. The British then appointed two commissions, the Kenya Coastal Strip Commission in 1961 and the Northern Frontier District (NFD) Commission in 1962, to survey public opinion regarding their future in the light of the constitutional development sweeping East Africa.
The coastal inhabitants obtained the right to practice their faith under the new regime after the commission’s recommendation for Kadhis’ courts were promulgated by Kenya in 1963. The Somalis in NFD agitated for self determination, leading to the Shifta War. As part of the peace agreement brokered in Arusha by Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda in 1967, residents of NFD were also allowed to access the Kadhi court. The British had recognized the importance of freedom of faith and appointed the first State-funded Kadhi for NFD in 1927, based at Wajir. Clearly, these courts symbolize the most incontrovertible manifestation of the Muslim faith.

At Bomas, Muslims unsuccessfully lobbied that self-determination clause be included in the constitution as in South Africa and Ethiopia. In the latter, that provision allowed Eritrea to secede; while in South Africa the provision safeguarded the rights of the minority should they feel threatened. If these courts are scrapped, won’t Muslims renew their agitation for secession?

Muslims feel it would be a matter of time before the Church declares Kenya a Christian state. Next maybe a campaign to outlaw the call to prayer, halt Islamic Religious Education in schools, regulate mosque/madrassas and ban the Muslim veil. Early this year, the Church ran adverts questioning the growing political, social and economic status of Muslims in the country, raising concerns on such matters as Islamic banks and Halal certification.

The Church’s obsession with the growth of Islam in Kenya irks Muslims. Its perception with the growth of Islam is foreign to Kenya undermines the confidence of Muslims as citizens. The pitched anti-Islam propaganda in rural churches is bound to increase radicalism and resentment among Muslim youth who already feel discriminated against, and underprivileged.
In recent years, Muslims have been targeted and harassed on anti-terrorism related security crackdowns. Muslims are calm. But for how long?
Before the clergy’s impunity drives us to the brink could someone forward their envelope to The Hague?

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Safaricom’s new eTEXTS!

March 17, 2010 1 comment

Coming soon from safaricom is a cool product called eTEXTS. this could be said to be an advanced form of the general SMS.

this service will enable mostly people who dont have internet enabled mobile phones to send and receive emails, chat, update their chat status, and later upon improvement be able to update their facebook status and twitter also.

to enroll for the service,all you need to do is send an sms in the format NAME SPACE EMAIL ADRS and send to 223.

to add a friends adress u send an sms with;

FRIEND’ NAME SPACE FRIEND’S EMAIL ADRS andsend it to 223.

to add a chat adress sent an sms with;

NAME SPACE CHAT SPACE EMAIL ADRS and send to 223.

to add a friend to your chat, send an sms with;

FRIEND’S NAME SPACE CHAT SPACE FRIEND’S EMAIL ADRS and send to 223.

practical example follows below;

1. to add an email adress;-

maajabu kunemaajabu@gmail.com

(send to 223)

2. to add a chat

maajabu chat kunemaajabu@gmail.com

(also send to 223)

sending an email will cost you 3.5bob, same as an sms. a chat msg will cost you 1.5bob.

this is just an introductory price, they will definately go down!

with that safaricom will revolutionise sms and maybe do away with the old fashion.

Hope you enjoy it

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