The thought of having more men – and women of the cloth – in Parliament must have sent a glimmer of hope to a weary Kenyan society.
In the Kanu era, people looked to religious leaders when all else seemed futile. Many will remember Reverend Timothy Njoya being clobbered senseless outside Parliament buildings for standing firm against oppression. Then, of course, there’s the outspoken Bishop Alexander Muge.
The two never made it to Parliament but one man who lived through the same turbulent times is one Reverend Mutava Musyimi.
Rumours were rife that he would seek an elective post once he left the National Council of Churches of Kenya but he refused to discuss the issue until the day he declared interest in the Gachoka parliamentary seat. I have no problem with that; it was the man’s strategy and it worked.
I was elated by the fact that Reverend Musyimi would take some reason to the so-called August House. I’m however disappointed that I have seen or heard little of the good man since he ventured into Parliament.
I am aware that the Reverend has a very good explanation about my perception of him as elucidated to my colleague Judie Kaberia in a separate article on this website.
But the likes of Reverend Musyimi cannot escape from the responsibility that the people of Gachoka – and by extension every other optimistic Kenyan – have bestowed on them. I suppose we all had heaps of hope on the likes of Reverend Musyimi and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru to take to Parliament some semblance of reason where none seems to prevail.
I know Bishop Wanjiru is an Assistant Minister and is therefore limited in her capacity to ask questions or query government actions, but Reverend Musyimi is not bound by those restrictions.
I would have wanted to see him engage more in debate inside Parliament given his wisdom as a man of the cloth and his experience spanning over different regimes in Kenya. We saw him do it during his days at the NCCK. What changed along the way, Reverend?
He reminds me of political activists who joined government in 2003 when NARC took over power. Individuals we considered reformists soon became sycophants, even outdoing the good old man from Mwambao Shariff Nassir (may God rest his soul).
I’m told power corrupts… but absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Let our religious leaders live up to the word they preach to us from the pulpit even when they get elected to public office. In fact they are blowing away opportunity by failing to preach to our Honourable Members of Parliament.
The next time Reverend Musyimi takes to the floor of the House, I’d like to see our complacent MPs repent their sins. Use the power God has bestowed on you to make a difference in the 10th Parliament. It’s the least you can do for me and the rest of the Kenyan populace.