Shall I say I am shocked by how civil society has treated me in the criminal case I face at Makadara? Yes,I am. But nay, why would I expect any better treatment and attitude beyond which civil society generally accords to “Muslim issues” and to those activists from the Grassroots?
Well even if my fellow Muslims – just like my civil society colleagues – were absent from court, I had deluded myself that my colleagues would, seeing the political pressure exerted on the police by a top politician to nail me,rally to my defense. I shamelessly thought they would clearly see why the politicos would lash onto a domestic dispute to get me jailed.
Well those with the capacity to help did not as much as give me a hearing but went on to rule that it was “a personal matter” and I should carry my cross. Many thanks to the much derided Kenya Naional Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR); it sent two of its legal officers to observe the case. Even my friends who are “learned” and who had hitherto promised to be in court bowed out claiming to be tied up elsewhere.
Thank God Mbiyu Kamau,.advocate, who heard of the issue from a friend while at the Thika law courts dropped everything and ran to the rescue. God bless him. But of course he is not a CSO animal you know.
Coming in the heels of the shabby treatment I received from ICJ-K and Amnesty International after conceiving and single handedly organising the International Day of Enforced Disappearances Fete and being made to issue bouncing cheques and face criminal suspicion from my debtors after (ICJ-K) dishonoured it’s promises to deposit a sh100,000 cheque for monies I owed my suppliers for the event, I’m left with a very bitter taste in my mouth.
Suffice it to say I’m hardened to this kind of treatment. Also I make bold to say I’m impervious to the threats by ICJ-K’s Program Manager to sever partnership with me. With these kind of partners I don’t need jailers. Personally I have no partnership with any of these haughty CSO honchos. I know where I belong. In the frontline, with the grassroot movements. Not these Careerists Society Orgs!
I’ll face my accusers and overcome. And with our few truly genuine friends and the GRM, we’ll soldier on inshaAllah and reform these CSOs even if the effort will bear fruit in another lifetime. NGOism is a true curse to this nation. The evil within!