By George Morara
News from Kenya this week of young college sisters arrested for bestiality of course have been disturbing â€“ nonetheless unsurprising! The Kenya Coastal towns particularly Mombasa, Kilifi and Watamu are well known spots of vice and a safe haven for sex tourism, paedophilia and all manner of evil!
Apparently, the young women, all college students were being paid Kshs. 3,000 (about 35 USD or Â£23) for participation in pornographic filming with a dog playing the centre piece! Unfortunately some creative Kenyans have been posting pictures of dogs with innuendos suggesting the caninesâ€™ love for Mombasa! I didnâ€™t find that funny!
Further, a section of our people have been doctoring the names of the young maidens to reflect one tribe! Of course majority of the girls were from the Kikuyu tribe. However, from the list published in the media, it is fair to say that the girls represented a cross section of our major tribes. The whole issue wasnâ€™t about tribe anyway. It was about our decaying morals as KENYANS! Those beautiful girls for me gave a perfect impression of the grotesque image of our morals â€“ KENYANS! The Swiss guy was just doing his thing, exploiting! He also came a long to represent the kind of relationship we in Africa truly have with the West, and now the East! I donâ€™t suppose any desperately vile Swiss girl could accept US$35 â€“ we are without a doubt cheaper!
Make no mistakes; poverty is no excuse for what was happening in Mombasa. After all the 3k paid for sleeping with a dog would have ended in the hands of a more deserving hardworking hair dresser â€“ the most likely first sensible destination for the dirty money!
On one hand am screaming my head off â€“ â€œStone themâ€ and on the other am scratching pulling the liitle hair left, beckoning the saints to cast the first stone! As it happened, there are no saints; not one! Just because the girls slept with once manâ€™s best-now intimate friend, does not make them more condemnable than the rest of us Kenyans!
The level of our decay morally is unprecedented! My guess cannot be too far to imagine that after Nigeria, Kenya has to be number next! I mean leave alone the Americans and Europeans and their open acceptance of what I cannot regard in any other way other than vile! At the very least, their citizens enjoy basic rights enviable by our people! Letâ€™s talk about us and where we are!
As a people weâ€™ve cultivated habits of fleecing others, of busy-bodying â€“ soliciting, bribing â€“ of wanting to harvest where we havenâ€™t sowed. Of an easy life without dignity! We have beggars in the streets who are perfectly able-bodied! When am in Nairobi late evenings, I get approached several times by people who have been â€œrobbedâ€, â€œlost or forgotâ€ their bus fare money and an endless versions of invented stories. For sympathy â€“ to fleece! But it doesnâ€™t stop there… should one fail to sympathise, you are likely to be rudely awaken by the â€œvictimâ€ shoving a torrent of abuse and curses (apparently from GOD) for not being empathic!
I have fallen for those tricks endless times! In some situations I have used the opportunity to escape having realised that I am circled by thugs masquerading as innocent public members going about their businesses loitering – when in fact they are waiting to bounce soonest the â€œtargetâ€ gives a positive sympathy response. You really have to be a Nairobian to tell between the difference between being in danger, and in a near miss! In a place like Lagos, one has to escalate that to between being dead and being left barely alive!
Let me leave Nigerians alone â€“ after all I have come across one or two upright Nigerians opposed to Nigerian films and Nigerian mega-preachers whose only gospel is material prosperity!
If you have lived in most western countries, one tends to take for granted the â€œcustomerâ€ oriented services rendered to citizens. One needs not worry about bribing anyone in public services for services such as obtaining birth certificates, marriage papers, driving licence, passport, or title deed! So long as you can prove legitimacy, no problems whatsoever. In our countries, we cannot even rely on the Police when we are victims of crime. There have been incidents of rape victims being re-raped by the police! Itâ€™s not that we havenâ€™t got enough resources to deal with all our ills but that our morals have degenerated to a level where we simply donâ€™t care! We have become barbaric, cold and totally alien to being civil! It is perfectly normal for an ambulance to be stuck in traffic with the siren crying out loud and lights blazing! Everybody stays put. Worse still, for those of us naive to give room for the ambulance, a straight faced drive grabs that place and maintains the status without the slightest discomfort or guilt! But donâ€™t be too fast to condemn the senseless driver â€“ the ambulance may also be trying to short-change the public. But at what expense!!
If you are in the city one of these days try and have a nosy look around those tall sky scrapers of ours in Nairobi! The last time I was in Nairobi I found most toilets in a state! It is not that our people are primitive â€“ but just that they donâ€™t a damn thought about the next person or anyone for that matter! The attitude can be read all over the place from the aggressive elbowing in the streets to the slothful service in restaurants!
When I was growing up, I was taught to respect the elders, those in authority and everyone from a generation older- to be courteous and hospitable â€“ to be kind, polite and respectful! With such qualities today, one can hardly get through the cut-throat battle for survival! People die queuing in hospital corridors simply because they donâ€™t know anyone! Government offices are littered with busybodies â€“ it doesnâ€™t matter what time you arrive â€“ if you havenâ€™t got a bribe, you will be taken round and round till you give up! Whether you are dealing with death in the family and are claiming the remains of fallen loved one! The mortuary attendant will try your patience till you â€œcoughâ€!
And this is why the Mombasa news werenâ€™t really a shocker for me! We as a country have stopped so low, we can only be described as sorry! Progressing towards a double digit economic nonsense is really not progress for me! I will define success only when I send money through my own kin and it gets to itâ€™s intended recipient in FULL without some sort of â€œuntoward eventâ€! It is no wonder we can still choose leaders wanted internationally for serious crimes against us! Itâ€™s not just being awfully ignorantly stupid, but desperately wicked as a society! What happened in Mombasa wasnâ€™t just a case of some stupid college students doing the unthinkable, but a reflection of a society whose morals are at itâ€™s knees! This is a story of us- and itâ€™s only a tip of the iceberg!
And this was prophesied in the Scripture â€“ the cup of sin is full, it is overflowing! The end is nigh!
May GOD stir our conscience!