Stop reckless talk and criminal acts

Monday July 17 2017

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Some really bad and criminal behaviour appears to be taking root that makes a mockery of our social progress.

One is the increasing gullibility of Kenyans who believe that some among them have supernatural powers.

This might have inspired the intruder at Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery’s burial, who interrupted the funeral service at the weekend, claiming that he had been “sent” to “resurrect” him.

Silly as the claim sounds, it is an indication of the likelihood of more copycat acts.


Indeed, this is hardly surprising coming several weeks after the claim of the resurrection of an elderly woman in the Rift Valley, which has been attributed, allegedly to the healing powers of a preacher.

The mere fact that the allegation has been allowed to be spread without being countered by especially the Health authorities, could just have emboldened people purporting to have the powers to bring the dead back to life.

The second example of the bad behaviour that must be stamped out is the growing tendency to create and spread rumours about the supposed deaths of some prominent personalities.

These lies are often spread through social media. This past weekend has seen several people, including veteran radio personality Leonard Mambo Mbotela “killed”.

Some senior personalities were also reported to have died.


While the freedom of worship is guaranteed in the Constitution, it’s not a licence to make baseless fantastic claims that create needless anxiety.

It is really sad that members of a religious grouping have been led to believe that their leader “resurrected” someone and have several times held processions in the streets of Nairobi proclaiming this weird claim as true.

It is important that such claims be promptly investigated and those behind the dissemination of such lies exposed and punished.

As for social media, the users must know that whatever they publish is not privileged.

That they will continue to enjoy their freedom to use this new mode of communication, only if they remain law-abiding and do not abuse or infringe on the rights of others.