The African and witchcraft

By David G Maillu

'Fellowship' by David G MailluWhen we say that there is no scientific explanation in witchcraft, what scientific barometer does the teacher use to make that claim? What is science? What are the dimensions of science? Which science? I put it to the teacher that a lot of what we call witchcraft is centrally scientific.

African scholars have failed us in addressing the witchcraft subject and taken refuge in the Whiteman’s cheap conclusion regarding the validity of witchcraft. I am talking about a subject I have taken interest in for many years. Not in order to be a witch but a researcher. I have my findings in a forthcoming book titled, Revelation of Traditional Witchcraft, focusing on the Akamba community.

In order to throw some light into my argument, let me present one of my documented examples obtained from members of my family. I will protect their identities by giving them different names. The case took place in the later time of 1950s, involving an old woman, Kalewa and a grandson boy, Musau. Kalewa was a traditionalist who had never gone to school. She could give long lectures about witchcraft. But the quest matter of her lecture is not the subject matter here.

The case took place when I was schooling in the old colonial Intermediate School. The family of Kalewa had one most feared bull. The bull had terrorized the village as it could kill anyone. The bull was called Masimba. Masimba particularly mocked women who it gave nightmares. The family lived with fears that one day Masimba bull would kill someone.

One day the family decided to get rid of the bull by selling it to butchers. Kalewa loved the bull in spite of its aggression. However, when Kalewa heard the decision on the fate of the bull, she didn’t buy the decision. The family turned against her demanding, “Will you afford to compensate anyone killed by the bull?” Her answer was quick, “I will not afford.” However, she requested that she should be given a few days to think about the matter. The family granted her the request.

Musau was her favourite grandson with whom she had shared many good things and family secrets. On the second day she called Musau privately and said, “I don’t want to have Masimba sold. Do me a favour. When in the evening the cows have been brought home, keep an eye on family members. When you will see nobody around the home, come running and tell me.” Musau didn’t ask why.

It took nearly a week before Musau caught that moment. When he rushed the report to his grandmother, she told him, “Give me a moment.” She went into a private place for a while then returned to him holding her genital covering, ithalu. It was a cloth belt with a six-inch square covering in the middle. It was traditionally worn by women. Kalewa hadn’t weaned to modernity to start wearing pants. It was common knowledge that women hardly washed the ithalu. They would wear it unwashed until it was worn out then throw it away for a new one. Kalewa must have been wearing hers for years.

Kalewa approached Musau by handing the ithalu over to him and instructing, “Now that Masimba is in the shed, take this thing with you and go until you get very close to him. You know he can’t attack you because he is locked in. When he gets charged coming to you, let him come closest to you, then hit him with on the head with this thing. That’s all. After doing that bring it back to me.” Musau remembered that his nose could smell the item from the distance as he carried it.

That was what Musau did when Masimba charged threatening to destroy Musau. After hitting the bull Musau noticed something instantly. The bull backed from him and appeared horrified. However, after finishing his business he returned the item to the grandmother who said readily, “Masimba is now castrated.” When Musau asked how Masimba had been castrated, she answered, “Masimba will start licking people when they come close to him. Please, never tell anyone what we have done.”

Musau didn’t know what that meant until the next day. Apparently, Masimba had radically changed and become as tame as a cat. In days to come children would walk under Masimba belly and women would touch Masimba then Masimba would appreciate their touch. Masimba became the most tame bull the village had never known. The family stopped the sale. What happened to Masimba to have forced him that radical change?

One does not need rocket knowledge to conclude that Kalewa’s genital covering carried extraordinarily charges capable of neutralizing and immobilizing Masimba’s aggression permanently. If you want to call it witchcraft, do so. The explanation is that the human body is capable of producing extraordinary electromagnetic charges. Those charges are particularly concentrated in certain zones of the body. The leading zones are the genitals, the breast, fingers, lips and so on. This should be taken with the understanding that particular people have more charges than others.

Women making pots in many parts of the country have had experiences that when a particular village woman (witch) passed by and looked at the newly made pots, the pots developed cracks and got destroyed. That is why when they sport her coming, they protect the pots by covering them and surely the pots remain intact. The stories about people with “evil” eye are commonplace in nearly every community. These are people (witches) who, for example, when they look at a handsome child and throw a comment on the child, the skin of the child starts developing rashes. Children are more sensitive to that. In my mother tongue that effect is called kita and the worst of it is kithemengu which is the same name among Kikuyus.

The electromagnetic charges that human beings produce are the ones which the super sense nose of the dog uses to trace people. The dog is charged by being given an item belonging to the victim. Thereafter the dog smells out the movements of the person up to his destination. If Kalewa’s cloth was dropped somewhere a dog would retrace the owner.

Back to Ken Ouko’s case with the old Luo woman. The curse may be potentially dangerous. Africa is flooded with stories about the effects of curses. The so-called curses are delivered in electromagnetic charges produced by molested person when the molestation reaches the highest degree.

Even the snake-like fish called, eel, hunts by touching its prey and producing electric charges above 400 watts which are fatal to prey. The reason that witches make use human bones, hair, genital parts and the others have a big scientific story to tell. Ken Ouko should know that the human hair, bones, sweat, saliva, breath and so on, have incredible genetic properties which, for millenniums African witches have exploited in manufacturing lethal dosages. It’s sheer biochemistry science.

Our scholars are barely intellectual-plants grown in pots of the western scholarship. Thank God, if African scholars will not research of this incredibly rich field which, by unknown and strange reasons, are attributes of the Blackrace, we, the stupid Africans, can rest assured that the Whiteman scholar will eventually discover the treasure and do thorough research for us. He will consequently colour the results to suit his purpose.

(Bwana Ngunjiri, this is the part you asked for. Make sure the forthcoming book on witchcraft is nicely mentioned}

The quest regarding whether it is true that there is witchcraft power capable of punishing a couple engaged in adultery by getting stuck into each other, must be viewed within the bigger context of the dimensions of witchcraft. There is a shopkeeper in my countryside, at Muumandumarket who has used witchcraft to protected his shop from shop robbers.

On two occasions his shop has been broken into. However, when the robbers got the loot, instead of taking it away, they took it to the shopkeeper’s home. In Ukambani there are uncountable witnessed stories of protected homes that, when the thief goes to steal, he looses his senses and stays there until the owner finds him.

When the famous theologian Professor John Mbiti was a boy he witnessed an astounding event in his village when the countryside was invaded by locusts that wiped out every green thing, only for the villagers to be told that one farm belonging to a person connected with witchcraft, had not been touched at all by the locusts. He went to witness it and he was astonished to see it with his own eyes that, indeed, the locusts had not touched anything in that farm. He has published the report in his book African Religions and Philosophy. What kind of power, magic, medicine or witchcraft was that which kept locusts from devouring the man’s farm?

When I was a boy I fell ill and a traditional healer man was invited to treat me. In order to prepare his herb the healer asked for a goat to be slaughtered. My father pointed at the goat and when he moved to slaughter it, the healer stopped him then he asked him, “What’s the name of the goat?” My father replied, “It’s called Kelu.” Then, from a distance the healer greeted the goat, “WakyaKelu?” The goat jumped into the air, fell down and kicked its way to total death. What powers did that healer have with which to kill a goat by merely greeting it?

Witnessed stories of adulterous couples getting stuck during their act are many in Ukambani and there are known specialists who are consulted to bring that act into effect. Anyone interested in them should pay visit to the lower part of Kitui, Nguni, to meet the specialists. It is a practice which has remained active mainly in parts of Ukambani which have not been heavily affected by westernization. However, he should be aware of quacks who capitalize on the hunger of men who want to protect their wives from infidelity.

The protection is delivered in two forms. The first one involves some material used to kill the erection of any man who attempts to have sex with the treated woman. This treatment is more common. It is also used to neutralize the power of highly sexed women. The getting-stuck-in-sex act has few specialists, but is it real.

These cases have no scientific explanations, but that does not disqualify their validity. When it comes to matters of metaphysics, science, as we have received it from western scholarship, becomes a primitive tool of explaining all dimensions of life. This is because it is founded on empirical approach. Empiricism says if a thing cannot be detected in the workshop of science, then it does not exist. Science cannot explain why, long before the Blackman ever saw a Whiteman, in nearly every part of Africa there was a prophet who foretold the coming of the Whiteman, the features of the Whiteman and what he will do to the natives.

The Two Fiercest African Watchdogs

By David G Maillu

Robert Mugabe, President, ZimbabweThere are only two men in Africa who should be given the highest salutes as conquerors. In order for me to give a brief statement regarding who they are, let me give the subject some perspective.

I personally went through the colonial mill of reading European history when Africans were brought up by colonial government to believe that Africa had neither history nor philosophy nor anything but primitive black people living side-by-side with animals; the fate that fate justified being colonized, civilized and introduced to God the Creator. It took ages for my intellectual eyes to open up and face the reality that some of the British knighted great discovers of the world whom the colonial curriculum taught us religiously, were actually sea pirates. They were knighted and promoted because they stole for the British Empire..

Once upon a time I was in Sweden when, during some intellectual conversation, I introduced myself as a Kenyan. One of their intellectuals took a step in order to clear the air by asking, “Is Mohammad Gadaffi your President?” I can’t remember the answer I gave to that offensive question. Nevertheless, the point had been made that that time Gadaffi was the most well-known African leader. Eventually, the western power killed Gadaffi because he was a thorn in their political flesh.

But that is not the point I want to make. Hate him or love him, Gadaffi was the most down-t-earth powerful promoter of pan-Africanism. May I suggest that, since the West knighted pirates and made them great men, Africa should give special credit to Mohammed Gadaffi. In Gadaffi’s tenure he was the greatest African watchdog powered with courage to call the western mighty ones names. Whether he had the power to do so or he didn’t have it, once upon a time he shocked America by threatening to bomb in New York.

Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gadaffi, commonly known as Colonel Gadaffi, born in 1942 and died on 20 October 2011, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician and political theorist. By the time he died he was the forefront and loudest speaker of Pan-Africanism Movement and funded African Union substantially. He was assassinated and left African haunted by his cry, “Africa Unite into one nation or perish!”

Libyan leader, Muammar Gadhaffi, speaks at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA.There are many things that Gadaffi did which I don’t buy. But in desperation of liberating the African brainwashed spirit, Gadhafi left a void in Africa that responsible and noble people should worry very much about. His assassination was celebrated in Europe and America.

If you want to know how much they hated Gadaffi, visit the internet photo library and see the too many horrifying photos they published about his mutilated body. The photos are so many and disgusting that they qualify to go to the Guinness Book of Records as the most illustrating assassination photos given to any head of state. Neither the photos of Adolf Hitler nor those of Saddam Hussein would give you that shock. The publishers of those photos had no regard whatsoever to Africans that Mohammar Gadafi, bad as he was to them, was someone many African admired. The photos throw mud on the face of African integrity.

Mohammar Gadaffi shared the same hatred of the West with the living President Robert Mugabe. The two are the most outspoken African statesmen with a record of calling White Presidents names. Robert Mugabe, rated as the leading President in the world with academic degrees – something good enough too to enter the Guinness Book of Records too – once, while reacting to the Whiteman’s accusation of Human Rights violations in Africa, retorted to the world, “How come that during colonial days the Whiteman never spoke a word about human rights in Africa?”

During one of the speeches Mugabe delivered in the United Nations Headquarters he hot at President Bush. “You have human blood in your hands.” He does not mince words to throw even unprintable curses at his archenemy, the British.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe participates in United Nations' Debate 69 in New York, USA.President Robert Mugabe’s war of words with the Whiteman has a solid history. Again, I wouldn’t buy Mugabe’s style of leadership, but I can claim some sanity in saying that it is the British who threw Mugabe’s into political paranoia. Mugabe fought for Zimbabwe’s independence from Ian Smith who grabbed power by declaring Unilateral Declaration of Independence for the Southern Rhodesia and ruled for ten years while under the terror of Robert Mugabe’s freedom fighters. Neither the apartheid South African nor Britain aided Robert Mugabe crash Ian Smith. It was sheer determination and shedding of blood of Mugabe’s men that overthrew Ian Smith and renamed the independent country Zimbabwe. The Whiteman launched a lifelong hatred for that.

Metaphorically speaking, when Robert Mugabe went for the Whiteman’s neck, the Whiteman decided to piss on Mugabe’s waters. Robert Mugabe would have gone far if he hadn’t been naïve enough to ignore application of African philosophy in the proverb that he who crosses the river calls crocodile uncle. Post-colonial masters had never been democratized to listen to insults from Africans; for if an African hits one of them they behave like safari ants by coming after the community at whatever cost.

On top of being accused of dictatorship, both Mohammar Gaddaffi and Robert Mugabe have earned the worst Whiteman’s curses and hands of destruction. It has been reported that when Robert Mugabe is scheduled to give a speech at the United Nations Headquarters, the hall become packed by members to hear the nastiest thing an African man can deliver about the evils of neo-colonialist. However, those who can’t stomach an attack from an African keep off the hall in which President Mugabe, armed with mastery of English language, says what no any other black man would dare say to the Whiteman because, as the proverb goes, he who feeds your mother can beat her while you watch. The Libyan of Muhammar Gadaffi excluded, most African governments primarily survive on donations from Europe and America and have learnt the philosophy of not biting the hand that feeds them.

For Robert Mugabe to have led a guerrilla war successfully for ten years and thereafter become the President of Zimbabwe, that by itself, is an extraordinary great achievement. One shouldn’t forget that Mugabe was a black man leading a guerrilla war indirectly challenging against the Whiteman’s integrity focusing on the British. But whatever economic mistakes and dictatorial mechanizationMugabe may have done and used to rule Zimbabwe, he will go down in history as the fiercest conqueror of colonialism. In the fight for freedom neither Jomo Kenyatta nor Mandela fought that kind of battle for liberation. Long after winning the battle on the ground, he hasn’t relented yet in carrying the battle forward in words against all odds and ridicules. The Whiteman would be the last people on earth to give credit to Africans who criticize their integrity and decomacry.

Col Muammar al-Qadhaffi of Libya was toppled and killed in 2011.The following are Mohammar Gadaffi’sfacts of extraordinary special social system probably unknown to many people for which, besides his bad ones, he should be seriously remembered for. Read them bearing the fact that they also contributed a lot to the Whiteman’s ambition that Gaddafi was a lethal weapon promoting pan-Africanism which would culminate in the formation of the Union of African States (UAS):

  • There was no electricity bills in Libya; electricity is free … for all its citizens.
  • There was no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law
  • If a Libyan is unable to find employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found
  • Should Libyans want to take up a farming career, they receive farm land, a house, equipment, seed and livestock to kick start their farms –this was all for free
  • Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country
  • A home was considered a human right in Libya. (In Qaddafi’s Green Book it states: “The house is a basic need of both the individual and the family, therefore it should not be owned by others.”)\
  • All newlyweds in Libya would receive 60,000 Dinar (US$ 50,000 ) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start a family
  • A portion of Libyan oil sales is or was credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens
  • A mother who gives birth to a child would receive US $5,000
  • When a Libyan buys a car, the government would subsidizes 50% of the price
  • The price of petrol in Libya was $0.14 per liter
  • For $ 0.15, a Libyan local could purchase 40 loaves of bread
  • Education and medical treatments was all free in Libya. Libya can boast one of the finest health care systems in the Arab and African World. All people have access to doctors, hospitals, clinics and medicines, completely free of charge
  • If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government would fund them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US $2,300/month accommodation and car allowance
  • 25% of Libyans have a university degree. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans were literate. Today the figure is 87%
  • Libya had no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – though much of this is now frozen globally.

Is Lack of Work Ethic in Mainstream Media to Blame?

By David G Maillu

“The media has failed Kenya and only God will save us?” That was the headline of Prof Kabaji’s article fighting with the media. But where has that God been until things became that bad? I don’t know whether he was responsible for authoring the heading or it was a creation of the editor (as they usually do) in order to attract public’s attention to read the article.

But honestly speaking is that statement really true and responsible? It falls within destructive criticism, or using a gun to kill a fly. Armed with the intellectual AK47 killing machine Kabaji says, “There’s a general but fallacious view that Kenya has a very strong and responsible media and that the lullabies we sing about the strength of our media have induced complacence of unimaginable proportions as the lords of mediocrity dance with joy and ecstasy.”

Gathered from his past published statements, Kabaji has fallen in love with the word “mediocrity” with which he views the socio-political and economic development of this country. It’s so easy to say, as President Nyerere used to curse, Kenya is a man-eat-man society.” This sweeping and crude criticism is the language commonly employed by politicians who, drugged by destructive power, would only see the bad side of their competitor and would never ever give any credit to anyone else outside himself.

In order for me to show that Kabaji is charged like a bull shown red cloth, it is only fair to address the development of the media house within the context of the development of this country. Maybe Kabaji was still a greenhorn during President Kenyatta’s time when Attorney Njonjo underlined the media’s playing ground by ordering, “It is treasonable for anyone to mention or talk about the death of the President (Kenyatta).” The only radio station was the Voice of Kenya, and media houses knew too well it was in their peril to publish any unacceptable thing to the government. Critical censorship was the soup with which information filtered to the public. In that time, what media house would have dared even publish a cartoon of Kenyatta leave alone one on Njonjo? President Moi’s time? No way, even though a hybrid cartoon of Moi could be published. For example, today the media is characterized by Kenyatta’s cartoons depicting his big lips and you have to watch the YZ animated cartoon programme as a measure of how far Kenya has gone in growing a strong media.

The robust (less responsible) media expression we are enjoying today kicked off mainly with the coming to President Kibaki who bought their way to state house by promising the public “zero tolerance in corruption” and “freedom of the press.” A substantial fraction of the press freedom (which Kabaji doesn’t appear to give credit to) greeted the nation but the “zero tolerance in corruption” remained Kibaki’s political ghost. Unfortunately, soon Kibaki realized that he had created a monster in the freedom of the press, then he went in vain after its neck. After Uhuru picked up the political relay, the press monster has been giving him nightmares and he’s dreaming of killing it or critically crippling it one day.

Professor EgaraKabaji, is that true? From the participatory point of view, the standard under which the media is operating now, it can accommodate Kabaji’s challenges of lack of professionalism, where he articulates important points. I would add to his cry by adding the fact that the media boys and girls appear to wallow in mediocrity. However, let’s not forget that in matters of strong and responsible media, Kenya has very short history against the long history of the process of the death of gagged media. I can categorically say that, although we are not fully there, ultimate strong and responsible media is in sight. Germans have a saying that that which is better can be made even better. It is from here where the media is today that it should plan how to reach professionalism. Notwithstanding, that professionalism is brought into force by collective efforts, which should include government’s acceptance to swallow its pride on behalf of the civilized society it upholds. Governments survive on exploitation of the mass and misuse of powers and are usually killers of any democratic space threatening its sitting on the laurels.

The Kenyan media is symbolic of the structure of the Kenyan government and its capital city where by-laws are usually ignored in urban development and dangerous and illegal buildings are mushrooming from every corner of the city without consideration of security and health hazards. Quick, quick money is the cardinal law.

The media is not exempted from that culturally home-grown corruption. Politicians, business people, tycoon, goons and even religious leaders are corrupting media houses to be given space and plastic surgeries. Some of the top business people smiling before camera’s are the worst thieves the nation has. If you write a professional article exposing one drug trafficker or “mafuta-mingi” persons, guys in the media house capitalize on that by informing the victim who, in exchange, kills information by paying it off the press and, if necessary, write and publish one that cleans the victim. You have to be someone with big money to be published. There are hundreds of journalists who are almost professional hit-men for writing anything damaging about anybody. Journalistic prostitution is rampant in the media houses.

The Kenyan media houses have forsaken nationalistic reporting for urban reporting where most of what you read is sheer recycles information. For them its is too expensive to engage in serious research works in all walks of the nation. It is easy to walk down the street or appear at the political rally somewhere, take pictures and write just a story for the newspaper. Or create scandal by ridiculing a politician against another one in order to attract articles. Politicians who were appearing in the papers ages are still dominating the features although they say nothing worth publishing other than promoting political bankruptcy of ideas.

Worst of all, of course, media houses are owned by individual persons who, of course, have vested interests in what is being published. A common place interest is in using the media as a tool for fighting and promotion of ethnic political matters and, consequently, using the media to fight against their enemies and promote their tribe. FM radio stations have excelled in fueling hatred speeches and tribalism.

Publishing for the benefit of national consumption takes a secondary role. Hence, the published information is miserably void of ideology and nationalism, cultural and intellectual development. It is not foresighted information but for today; the future should take itself. The front-headline can almost tell you what the newspaper is principally carrying inside. The newspapers are not interested creating paths towards new ideas, new challenges, inventions, science, philosophy, art, name it and it is not there.

It is not because of lack of trained journalists but the lack of ethics in the media houses. That lack of ethics cuts across the society and Professor Kabaji can tell another story regarding lack of professionalism in some of his colleague in the teaching fraternity and in high institutions of learning. It’s a national problem rather than sectional. The government has “eaten” the money for school books; national hospitals are poorly run and some corpses are decomposing in mortuaries because the electricity is not there…

The government lacks operational ethics miserably; the media house is part and parcel of the culture of the nation.

Adopt Barrack Obama as President of Union of African States

By David G Maillu

Open Letter to the White HouseThis is an open-letter book to President Barack Obama and to the White House from a Pan-African stand point. It is an unorthodox call for a noble mission in challenging  African to take the next step to save African states by picking up things from where Kwame Nkrumah and his colleagues left them regarding their call to Pan-Africanism.

Today, the Continent has a shadow government called African Union (criticized as club for dictators). It brings together the assembly of 54 gravely poor and shaky states. However, the 54 nations can come out of their economic dungeon through creation of one nation. But as things stand out today, the problem is for the awfully-divided African states to get a compromise candidate to become the first President of UAS. Tribalism, sectionalism, individualism, fatalism and the other political evils bring down any suggested candidate.

Retired President Obama at his prime age of 55 can certainly become the only compromise candidate that can pull African states from the mouth of economic dragons. Africa, and the world, cannot afford the extraordinary powerhouse in Barrack Obama’s mind to waste away.

Former US President Barack Obama when he addressed Heads of State at the African Union Headquartes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Barrack Obama becoming of the President of UAS will place the United States of America indirectly as the biggest economic beneficiary; since he would be USA’s extraordinary human donation to Africa.

Geographically, psychologically, demographically and socially, there are 6 important points that compel Africans to become one nation, failure to which Africa would goes for dogs. 1: Africa is the home of Black People.  2: Black people share a common history of being subjected to slave holocaust. 3: Black People share common history in being colonized by White People. 4: Africans have been the most exploited human species by White People. 5: The untapped African natural resources are most threatened with exploitation by White People. 6: The unique Blackman species, which is a minority of the human beings, is threatened with extinction and is in dire need for self-conservation.

Africa has become a no-man’s land with regard to the forces of disoriented foreign ideologies and economic exploitations. The scramble for African natural resources and the neo-colonial economic bonanza have thrown African nations into cultures of confusion and uncontrollable corruption. Least to emphasize, the Federal Government would bring an end to the destructive current plague of tribalism, sectionalism, small-thinking, corruption and enclaves of dictatorship that are rampant in the present African states.

Over and above, if Africa became a single nation, it would benefits world-donor countries tremendously. It would bring to halt colossal foreign aids that have taken central stage since the post-colonial era. Collectively, African states – which appear permanently hungry for foreign aids and entanglements – have continuously been receiving incredibly colossal fortunes of various kinds in aid forms. Unfortunately, due to lack of accountability, a lot of the money has ended into pockets of individuals.

For historical reasons, Africa has been, and will continue to be, a very expensive continent to donor countries.  However, that material aid could be saved to benefit the population of the donor country, if donor countries participated in helping Africa to become one nation capable of harnessing its resources on behalf of Africans and on behalf of the human race because, after all, Africa belongs to the human race and Africa is part of the five-continent-children of the world. Sister continents bear noble responsibility in helping Africa come out of the dungeon.

With its present operation, Africa is a liability to the world. The refugees flocking into Europe from Africa may illustrate one of those liabilities. Yet, the continent is the wealthiest in the world with regard to untapped natural resources.

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