Monday, June 26, 2017

Bold gambles are for gods

...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. John 8:7
It was a bold gamble. When the Son of Man challenged the scribes and Pharisees who sought to trap him with his own words, the author of the Gospel of John couldn't have known how far the gambit would spread. In Kenya's election obsession, it is somewhat the premier league of political rivalry: who has the filthiest linen in their closet? Jimi Wanjigi, as recounted by a "Nation Team", is a Very Corrupt Man, and his supping at the same table with Raila Odinga, John Githongo and David Ndii is a Very Bad Thing because it will lead to State Capture in the same odious way as Jacob Zuma's South Africa has been captured by "the Guptas". When Jimi Wanjigi consecrated the Jubilee Alliance marriage following the fiery death of George Saitoti, the proto-Jubilation was happy that he was supping with them. He wasn't a Very Corrupt Man then. He was a Very Successful Entrepreneur. You will, of course, notice that the Christian exhortation about first casting stones has been abandoned by the Daily Nation; after all, in its zeal to inform, educate and entertain, like any good tabloid, it has been carrying water for one side or the other since it blew hot-and-cold with Dennis Galava's career. Bold gambles, good people, are for religious icons as enshrined in holy books of faith.

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