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In Bridges’ death, Kenya has lost a truly good man

Saturday August 29 2009

Allow me to comment on the recent murder of Campbell Bridges, a man who I was privileged to know, and whose hard work and expertise were well known.

Reading the special report in last week’s Sunday Nation, I was surprised that the local MP did not condemn the people who murdered an unarmed man but, instead, proceeded to destroy the character of the victim of this vile crime.

He claimed that “Mr Bridges and his entourage beat up the people he had found at the mine. This was his nature since he had little regard for black people.”

Those of us who knew Campbell Bridges think that such remarks bear no resemblance to the fine, warm-hearted individual who was admired and respected by many.

I only hope the MP was misreported, since he appears to be defending lawlessness, while criticising an honest man, murdered while going about his lawful pursuits.

We all know that matters could have turned out even worse. Had Campbell not been relying on police protection, he would presumably have been armed, in which case he might conceivably have shot his attacker dead, and found himself, like Tom Cholmondeley, on a charge of premeditated murder. 

We have not only lost a truly good man, but our country’s reputation continues to suffer. One may well ask: “What does it matter?” The British Foreign Office will go on propping up this government, while engaging in “quiet diplomacy” – about as effective as Nevil Chamberlan’s policy of appeasement was with Adolph Hitler.

As for the Church, does any reader seriously believe that clapping hands and singing choruses will advance the cause of justice and decency? All it does is exhibit total indifference to the power of the Cross, and help to return us to the law of the jungle.

R.A. Massie-Blomfield,
Nairobi.