By Dikembe Disembe (Via Facebook)
Wesley Njoroge may not be known by so many people but he is the citizen living in Limuru who spotted that felon Mugo wa Wairimu waiting for breakfast and alerted the police.
In a civilised Kenya, Njoroge should be hailed as a hero. He had the option of not reporting. After all, in a country where criminals hide deep in their ethnicities, the two shared same ethnic extraction.
For a man who was wanted in Kasarani, ‘escaping’ to Limuru, a less heterogeneous place, inhabited mostly by fellow Kikuyus, Mugo had felt safer. In fact, perhaps, those who drove him (probably in a hired taxi), had wanted him to escape facing justice.
But Wesley, seeing him there, tipped the police.
He chose, as President Obama is wont to say, the ‘right side of history’.
I believe in the rule of law. I was in the US when I was told that I had a case back home to answer. I would have chosen to seek asylum. I would have ‘disappeared’, and joined the over 11 million illegal immigrants Trump now now wants to deport. But I came back.
Contrary to what is often said; I wasn’t arrested. I presented myself to the court. A judge, a kikuyu, slapped me with 5 million bond and 1 million bail. Of course I couldn’t raise that. So I was remanded.
I later learnt it was the same Mugo, and his other friend, one Kelvin Onyancha, who had ‘complained’.
As I was being processed within our court system; Mugo was bragging to his ethnic gangs how he got me in. I took it in my stride.
I didn’t blame him, or Kelvin, or anyone. I believed in the fullness of time, it would be proven that I didn’t make the post in question. That’s why I didn’t hide in America. That’s why, even here at home, I didn’t hide from the police or the law.
No one needed to tip the police of my whereabouts. I needed not change where I live.
And I didn’t cover my face from our national cameras.
But Mugo, mwahahahahaha! He already escaped from Kasarani (Nairobi County) to Limuru (Kiambu County). He has spent his remaining time on social media prosecuting his case, and he is innocent.
And he hides his face. Perhaps, he doesn’t want more victims to identify him!
And because he is a ‘flight risk’, I hear he has been detained for 14 more days. And four women have come out. And more women may come out.
Something should be clear here though. Mugo is no political prisoner. Rape is not a political crime.
We differ a lot on social media with Jubilee supporters. Ahead of 2017 elections; our differences will be even more pronounced, and more legal, like you’ve seen in the Mutahi Ngunyi case. But no one gets ‘sedated’ because of these differences. No one gets raped, at least, not on social media.
Mugo is being accused of leaving us here on social media and raping a patient in his clinic. Now, that’s not politics. That’s not even a social media media crime.
We can defend people based on their social media crimes. We ‘netizens’ can allow an apology here. You’ve seen a goat doing rounds. But rape? Surely? And to make it worse, raping a patient? And to make it worst, raping a patient without a condom? Really really really?
Ngai! Nyasaye! Mungu! God!
Let Mugo face our laws, no one is witch-hunting him. The lesson here is that those who live in glass houses should be mindful when throwing stones.