Thursday, September 30, 2010


So a High Court judge faulted President Kibaki over renditions to Uganda, and in the process, blocked Kenyan security from sending yet another victim of the Abuse of Law to Uganda ! Let us say a rousing Hip, Hip Hooray for Tuesday, September 28, 2010 for it is sure to go down as a historic day in Kenya's judicial history. It is the day when the new Constitution took real meaning for Kenyans for the first time, for it is the day when the Bill of Rights became "armed to the teeth" in the protection of the rights of Muslims to be judged in open court, not prejudged by extra-judicial police.

This is the day when 10,000,000 Muslims can turn and look back as the day when they ceased to live beyond the pale of the law, and brought within its protective threshold. Our dying faith in the Kenyan System has been snatched back, from the jaws of death, in the nick of time. We are not yet where we ought to be: we want to stop living as second-class citizens in our own country. We want an end to renditions - the most horrific application of an oppressive piece of stillborn legislation: the catch-all Anti-Terrorism Bill.

Today, we have reason to smile. We have every right to rejoice.

Stand up Human Rights Commissioner Hassan and hold your head high, for your valiant forum against renditions last Friday was vindicated in our High Court today. The insults of yesterday's scumbag newspaper fade into oblivion. As they say, sticks and stones might break your bones, but words will never do so.

To the enemies of human freedom and human rights, let today's court ruling serve as a warning: Muslim human rights are no longer paperweight; they are for real.

Mohamed Warsame