Diane and our daughter Debbi (home for the summer) were on their way downtown when I received the shocking news: an explosion in Nairobi’s city center. Needless to say, I called to postpone their trip! But Kenya’s intelligence service, the FBI and other agencies were not taken by surprise. They have been expecting a major attack from Al Shabaab militants for the last 3 months. Citizens have been warned to be on the lookout and foreigners warned to avoid conspicuous gatherings. Monday’s attack from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), made with fertilizer, injured 33 Kenyans (4 seriously), one of whom succumbed to 900 burns this morning.
But Kenya is suffering another subtle, yet just as devastating, attack. This one has been carried out by a section of the Kenyan elite, those within the corridors of power who are so drunk with impunity that they killed several police officers who tried to stop them from pursuing illegal trade with drugs. When 6.4 billion shillings-worth of cocaine is acquired and transited through the country with the use of hired mercenaries, private jets, special passports, VIP lounges, and presidential escorts, there is reason to be concerned.
This same impunity is causing politicians who are charged by the International Criminal Court with crimes against humanity to still insist on being allowed to vie for Kenya’s presidency. Impunity, whether from State House, Parliament or the back streets of Nairobi, must be dealt with fearlessly with all the spiritual and political effort we can muster.
For those of you who love Kenya, please pray with us. We thank God that a local television station courageously aired results of well-executed investigation that exposes the corrupt drug scandal. Such freedom of expression and investigative journalism is a new move in this country and we applaud it. It is quite true that “righteousness exalts a nation, yet sin is a reproach to any community.”
Kenya is at a crossroads: continue the age-old dangerous path of impunity, or make a turn around and take the righteous road.
We need a clean slate as we enter our year of Jubilee. This is Kenya’s turning point: let justice reign!