Double Murder: Why are Some Kenyans Spreading Phobia about KSB Commentators?
I did not manage to attend the Tevin-Elias Memorial Service last Friday because I was away but I got a full report from KISS agents about what transpired and the discussions that followed. What was shocking was a report that some Kenyans turned to blaming KSB commentators for the Tevin-Elias tragedy by advancing the view that these commentators “were dividing Kenyans” and that without them, the tragedy could not have happened.
According to these naive Kenyans, the commentators had made it difficult for Kenyans to “talk about their problems freely” to their close friends because of fear that any personal crisis revealed to a friend could easily end up at KSB to be turned into fodder for cheap gossip, malicious talk and character assassination. The implication is that there is no Kenya-Stockholmer without a friend who is not a KISS agent thus the alleged difficulty of sharing personal information between friends.
To put their case into context, those spreading the “KSB phobia” are exploiting the case of the sister who has just murdered her two children to argue that the sole reason why she killed the kids is because she could not openly talk about her problems with any close friend for fear of the storo landing at KSB. In short, the agents of “KSB phobia” want Kenyans and the whole world to believe that the sister preferred to kill her kids rather than tell a friend her problems to avoid the storo landing at KSB. The immediate question that arises is whether some Kenyans in Stockholm have degenerated to such a low level of thinking or whether there is a new wind of stupidity blowing into the minds of some of us.
When I attended the baptism ceremony of a Kenyan child last Saturday at Flemmingsberg in Stockholm, I was equally shocked when Mr. Daniel Mwaura, a Kenyan, rose to attack KSB along the same lines, prompting me to take the stage to, not just respond to the hollow attacks but also to defend KSB commentators from unwarranted and simplistic accusations.
Mr. Mwaura went further to call for the close down of KSB’s comment section arguing that people throwing anonymous comments at the blogsite should only be allowed to do so if they can identify themselves.
In an impromptu round table, Mr. Mwaura proposed that if the comments section cannot be closed down, commentators should be compelled to disclose their names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers! Mr. Makan Macharia and ndugu Njoro were among the prominent Kenyans who were present when Mr. Mwaura made his weird proposals. The unnecessary tension among Kenyans being built by misinformed alarmists misrepresenting the facts can only be quashed through a sober examination of the facts available.
For the first two years after KSB was set up, the comment section was fundamentally closed to the public because of fears that if it was opened, it would be abused by Kenyans who would use the comment facility to get to their enemies anonymously. For the period when the comment section remained closed, there was constant pressure from a cross section of Kenyans who thought that the continued close down of the comments section was undemocratic.
At that time, Mr. Njoro was running a blog with comments open and he went ahead to attack me for keeping comments closed, even stating that by so doing, I had turned into a “dictator” who had the first and final word about everything that was published at KSB.
I responded by publishing several articles (available in the archive here) trying to persuade the pro-comments activists to tone down their attacks by putting forward the view that opening the comments section would also create a new problem because it would lead to readers passing unfavorable comments about individual news-makers anonymously. The position of KSB was that the blog was better off with me passing information and analysis about what was happening in Kenya-Stockholm without other third party views or contributions which could not be substantiated or verified. What happened?
The pro-comments activists persisted and used my resistance to “prove” that I was just being dictatorial. I warned that once the comment section was opened, it would be difficult to control what readers had to say but all these calls fell on deaf ears. Eventually, I decided to open the comments and on that historic day, all the pro-comments activists converged at Vasa Temple to celebrate what they saw as a major victory. Today, the chickens have come home to roost and my predictions have come true. The commentators are now being blamed for a murder that has nothing to do with comments at KSB. This brings me to the second point.
Who is afraid of KSB?
There is this view that the sister in custody could not talk to anybody about her personal problems fearing that her story could land at KSB. Many Kenyans who have their ears on the Kenya-Stockholm ground will testify that this sister has had a lot of problems. On two occasions, she has had to turn to KSB for help and we did our job so the alleged theory that she was afraid of telling her problems to friends is not true. She sidelined friends and came to KSB directly. How?
When she was pregnant with her second son, she approached KSB (posing as a “West African woman” to avoid repercussions) to publish her story because she was not only disturbed but also wanted to warn other girls about what she was going through. The sister was undergoing what she saw as molestation at the hands of a Swedish man who was also allegedly exploiting her sexually. We wrote:
“The story was blown by a sympathetic West African woman who is worried that if the sexual adventures of the man are not exposed, the Kenyan and African communities in Stockholm might end up with another “Juliet Kavinga case” who was allegedly murdered by a Swedish national”. The story is available HERE.
Once the news hit KSB, the alleged Swedish culprit contacted the blog site and threatened legal action arguing that KSB had damaged his reputation. We stuck to our guns and proposed that if the Swede did not want to discuss the matter for a solution, he better proceed to court because KSB was not breaking any law. I wrote:
“As part of the progressive Kenyan media, KSB has to stand up and expose serious abuses especially of our dear Kenyan women, some of whom are undergoing difficult circumstances in this wilderness called Europe. There are many Swedish men taking good care of their Kenyan spouses. But if there are others abusing them in all sorts of ways and information come in our direction, we will make every effort to expose them as long as we are operating within the law”. The story is available HERE.
Months after the story was published, the Kenyan woman ran into a new problem. As part of her paper-making project, she converted herself into a refugee but when she failed to make it, she turned back to her former Swedish boyfriend for help. The man had distanced himself from the relationship although at that time the chick had given birth to a bouncing baby boy fathered by the same guy. The Swedish dude then gave her a condition for help. She had to renounce her story at KSB and apologize at the blog site. After thinking about the offer, the lady called KSB and narrated her tribulations. True to form, KSB accepted to formulate an apology which was then read back to the sister and after her approval, the apology was published at KSB. The blog site was not going to stand in the way of her paper making schemes and if it was an apology she wanted, KSB decided to deliver it in the soonest time possible (less than 24hrs). The apology read in part:
“The Kenyan lady told KSB that she now regrets her decision to go public with the story because the move had created serious complications which she cannot reconcile without rendering a public apology to the man. She said that she had totally misunderstood the man because she had not lived with him long enough to appreciate his gentility and kind heartedness especially to their little baby”.
It was after this apology that the Swedish man accepted to help the sister attain her papers on grounds that they had a baby. When she got her papers, she called KSB to thank the blog site for helping her out with her key problem. The argument that the sister killed her children because she could not reveal her problems to any friend for fear of KSB does not therefore hold any water because instead of going through friends, she came to KSB directly. The apology is available HERE.
We will stop there for now as we continue to compile this sister’ tragic story. In the meantime, we would warn those attacking KSB commentators to direct their energies elsewhere because these commentators have nothing to do with the deaths of the children. We will soon return to this topic as a matter of “national concern” because it has too many angles which needs to be explored.