By Mukurima X
Everything in Kenya, no matter the context, has spin masters and negativity peddlers working day and night to find a suiting political angle. And majority of us, unfortunately end up buying the political lens and in the end, we make politics the core of every argument and the cornerstone of every issue.
I find it traumatizing that for one moment, we are not pausing to think about Mugo Wa Wairimuâ€™s victims but we are more concerned on making Jubilee look like the party associated with indecency, or on painting Cord in whatever negativity is available. All this for the purpose of making the rape story zero-sum game. Eventually, and unfortunately for the victims, we shall end up with negative-sum results.
It is no strange that we cannot unite to condemn rape. In fact, what are our values as a country? We cannot stop for a moment to ponder what this incidence means to girls and women who have to contend with the fact that at one point or another in their life, they have to visit a gynecologist. And then, God forbid, Mugo wa Wairimu or his ilk strikes. That time, we may not be lucky as it may hit a little closer with the victim being your daughter, your mom, your sister, your niece, your cousin or even your friend.
As you watch Mugo wa Wairimu’s clip, digest it; feel a pit on your stomach; be angry if you have to; cry a river if you want to-while at it remember the 2008 post- election rape victims. Remember that some were raped as their loved ones watched; some did not live to tell their side of the story; others have lived, but too stigmatized and afraid to tell their story, but all the while waiting, hoping and praying that that someday, as the scripture says, justice will roll down like a river.
If we do not demand justice for these victims, and do it without anticipating political expediency then it will only be a matter of time before we read or hear of another rape victim-abused, hushed and shamed for life.