By Blamuel Njururi, Citizens Against Corruption National Coordinator, Nairobi – September 9, 2018
Here are important Bible verses relating to corruption that patriotic Kenyans should preach to those who hold the view that corruption is a societal problem or a way of life in our country. It is NOT!
Sunday Reading: Important Bible Verses About Corruption
Corruption in Government
Ecclesiastes 5:8 “If you see the extortion of the poor, or the perversion of justice and fairness in the government, do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, and there are higher ones over them!”
Let us be clear about one basic fact; A government, Central or County, is incapable of being corrupt as a corporate body. It is the individuals therein that are corrupt because of greed for self-aggrandizement. Those are identifiable persons committing crimes punishable under the Laws of the land and should be isolated and prosecuted as such. Corruption is not about someone’s ethnicity, community, political party, religion, age or level of education, it is about personal moral decay – mwizi ni mwizi.
The current purge on corruption in Kenya is revealing how deeply entrenched Corruption is. Millions of grown up Kenyans, many of them highly educated do not believe people can live harmoniously as a civilized society without Corruption. Many of them born during the 24 years of dictator Daniel arap Moi and their children have never known a country without Corruption and some do not even understand the great socio-economic damage Kenya has suffered as a result of endemic Corruption. They consider Corruption as a way of life or as some put it a problem of the Kenya Society and they will pay dearly for their misplaced values.
Arrests and prosecutions taking place are clearly showing that Corruption is Pre-meditated, Self-determined and Self-inflicted crime. There is nothing societal about stealing from fellow citizens to enrich oneself. It is in no uncertain terms immoral and gluttonous greed for self-aggrandizement for self-benefit.
Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
We don’t have to look very far to find historical accounts where corruption brought down a nation. Just prior to the fall of Rome, there was so much Corruption, that few even cared to hide it. It was even joked about – very much like Kenya.
Is there any doubt that political, governmental, and corporate corruption are at an all-time high in Kenya? NO!
There are so many loopholes in the tax laws that corrupt lawyers have no trouble finding them. Members of our Parliament do all they can to avoid paying taxes, yet these are the same who raise taxes.
According to the Cabinet Secretary Budget Office prediction in January this year Kenya’s fiscal deficit was projected to fall to 7.2 percent of GDP in the financial year to the end of June, from 8.9 percent in the previous period, the Treasury said in a draft budget policy statement. That never came to pass.
Instead there are massive budgetary cuts in 2018 to plug a deficit of some affecting the Judiciary – a key weapon in fighting Corruption. Friends, that’s malfeasance if ever there were. Parliamentary care of our Social Security is a violation of the public trust.
Additionally a 16 per cent VAT on fuel prices has been imposed upon Kenyans. Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge on Thursday alerted motorists that the price of petrol would shoot up drastically beginning September 2018. The notice from the PS outlined that the fuel would now cost Ksh130.15 a litre after a new 16 percent value-added tax (VAT) deduction imposed on petroleum products.
He further outlined that the new tax was in line with a “promise made to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)” two years ago. The cost of diesel, used mostly by commercial vehicles, will rise by Ksh16.5 to stand at Ksh119.77.
The increment will also affect poor Kenyans fuel, kerosene, which currently retails at Ksh85 per litre. The new cost will be Ksh99.44, a Ksh13.7 increment. Thugge emphasised that the new prices would affect motorists countrywide, not only in Nairobi. Financial projections estimate that the Treasury will earn up to Ksh71 Billion a year with the new taxes.
IMF has been pressing the government to do away with tax exemptions as part of a wider plan to grow revenues and reduce budget deficits. That is utter nonsense. Governments, the world over, are very careful on fuel taxes and many keep them low. IMF has always maintained an agenda to mess every Kenya government that listens to it since Dictator Daniel arap Moi’s era when free trade was introduced to kill local industries and civil servants houses sold to deny public officers decent housing – now being housed at massive costs and new houses being built.
Has our Motherland reached the point of no return? Is the economy really just a “house of cards” waiting to fall? My optimistic hope is no.
Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
It’s not all Parliament fault; it takes two parties to pay a bribe or receive a kickback. The Bible is absolutely clear about how Christians must react to such things when exposed to them (at work, private, wherever). Kenya Parliamentarians put themselves to shame by MPs stooping as low as to take Ksh 10,000 to kill a report on contaminated sugar and soon after Senators asking for Ksh 100 million to doctor a report on Ruaraka land fraud.
We are to have “no part” or take no part in it, meaning not even a little, and tiny part. Having “no part” means avoiding the “works of darkness”altogether, and that means avoiding those who do them.
In fact, we’re told to expose them, because whoever breaks man’s laws, also breaks God’s laws (Rom 13:1-5), and if you break God’s laws, in time, they’ll break you (and me) too. Even though we’re not saved by keeping the law (Eph 2:8-9), which we couldn’t keep even if we tried, we’re not to be arbitrarily breaking the law.
Hosea 9:9 “They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah; He will remember their iniquity; He will punish their sins.”
The “days of Gibeah” are like those of today. When a “Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, “I came to Gibeah that belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to spend the night. And the leaders of Gibeah rose against me and surrounded the house against me by night. They meant to kill me, and they violated my concubine, and she is dead” (Judges 4-6), so the days of Gibeah are like those we live in today with increasing violence in American cities and suburbs. The point Hosea makes is that God “will punish their sins” and no one will get away with anything on Judgment Day (Rev 20:12-15).
Isaiah 1:4 “Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly!”
If there is anything more evil than taking a human life, I don’t know what it would be.
Imagine a nation which permits (and indeed in some cases, funds!) the slaughter of babies. That’s what is unfolding in the brutal murder of a 7 month pregnant university student. How corrupt can public officers act?
Is it any wonder that the children have grown up to be corrupt too? They’re only taking up their father and mother’s sins, even outdoing them in some cases as evidenced in Youth Fund plunder. Isaiah 1:4 is where God rebukes the nation of Israel, but the same applies to any nation whose people are laden with sin.
God is no respecter of persons or nations and what He did to Israel in His righteous judgment He can do to any nation – Kenya included. The consequences for Israel would be the same for any nation that is laden with iniquity; it will lead to God’s judgment; unless they repent.
Genesis 6:5 “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
When Jesus was speaking about the end of the age, He mentioned that it will be like in the days of Noah and said,“For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matt 24:37-39).
Could you have imagined how hard doing business would have been in Noah’s day when all that they thought about was evil, continually, and every intention (business or otherwise) was always with a wicked heart of extortion in the prosecution and judicial institutions. Is that not what happens in Kenya?
Do you see similarities today? Everyone’s going about their business, just as in Noah’s day, when the flood of God’s judgment came sweeping them all away. Many still think Corruption will always be business as usual in Kenya.
Nairobi County Assembly MCAs last week went as far as voting to sack the Speaker because, inter alia, she invited the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission and the Auditor General to investigate Corruption that led to some of the MCAs and County officers being charged on Corruption and Economic Crimes along with former Governor Evans Kidero.
Did Kidero finance the sacking of the Speaker? Was it current Governor Sonko Mbuvi? All 120 MCAs behind the attempted sacking should be placed under EACC and DCI surveillance.
Ephesians 4:22 “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.”
When we put on the Lord Jesus Christ, we must put something else off, and that’s the old self. That old man and woman has passed away and now we are new creations in Jesus Christ (2nd Cor 5:17) with new desires to obey God and new passions to serve Him, but our former way of life (still is for many) was a life lived in corruption and deceitful desires. Now that the old man or woman is put away, the new is come to live within us.
This is an appeal the Kenya Police Service. Especially those involved in Highway Corruption should take heed about. New recruits to the Traffic Department should be bold enough to arrest any Public Service crew and other motorists offering them bribes. They should also take advantage of new technology and photograph their colleagues and motorists indulging in corruption to clean up the damaged police reputation.
They should never listen to their spokesman Charles Owino nonsense that Corruption is a Kenya societal problem. Corruption is self-inflicted and self-driven individual financial greed. We have more alcohol takers and smokers than corrupt Kenyans and they are not described as a societal problem but individual concern.
How many people stop Owino along the streets of Nairobi and give him money the way traffic officers stop Public Service vehicles, sand and commodity lorries and take money from crews? NONE! When police are not bribed, they impound vehicles and fabricate charges against drivers.
Kenya has more smokers and alcohol addicts than corrupt police officers yet no one goes about arguing alcoholism and drug addiction is a societal problem. It is best approached as individual problem and solutions offered whereas the Corrupt cops are told to go home and enjoy their ill-gotten wealth or continue full time as part of extortion cartels.
Proverbs 28:15 “Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.”
This is a great proverb because that’s what it feels like when wicked rulers are governing the land and it seems to be what’s happening today in many cases or what will happen to Kenya if the war on corruption is lost or 2022 Presidential election won by a corrupt leader.
Proverb 14:34 says “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” and that’s what this nation and many other nations are before a holy and just God; a reproach.
The late US President Ronald Reagan once said that the most frightening words ever heard were, “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.”
When the wicked are in power, it’s often a judgment of God, just like He did with ancient Israel. It’s like the nation gets the leadership they (and we) deserve and so He may be using evil rulers as part of His holy judgment against the nations – punishment for corruption.
When a nation exalts God, God will exalt that nation, and it’s obvious that He has exalted Kenya since independence, but has that ever changed. Today, we exalt ourselves as a nation before other nations and we’re often telling other nations what they ought to do, when we can’t even keep our own house in order.
We have a generation of people who hate others on ethnic basis, wealth, and other material reasons even when they do not know them. Politicians attack one another on social media and in public meetings without any cause at all but to satisfy their emotional thirst ejaculating verbal tirades to hurt each other and incite their communities.
Pray for God to send repentance to this Nation so that revival can begin in the churches and spread into their neighbourhoods, into our cities, throughout the state, throughout the Nation, and even spreading around the East African region, then globally.
It is God Who “removes kings and sets up kings,” (Dan 2:21) and the nations are nothing to Him, so let us pray for God to send His Spirit through this land so that many might be saved…before another judgment comes, not with water this time, but with fire and brimstone and by then, repentance will be too late.