In Summary

  • This past weekend has seen several people, including veteran radio personality Leonard Mambo Mbotela “killed”.
  • While the freedom of worship is guaranteed in the Constitution, it’s not a licence to make baseless fantastic claims that create needless anxiety.

  • Social media users must know that whatever they publish is not privileged.

Some really bad and criminal behaviour appears to be taking root that makes a mockery of our social progress.

One is the increasing gullibility of Kenyans who believe that some among them have supernatural powers.

This might have inspired the intruder at Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery’s burial, who interrupted the funeral service at the weekend, claiming that he had been “sent” to “resurrect” him.

Silly as the claim sounds, it is an indication of the likelihood of more copycat acts.

RESURRECTION

Indeed, this is hardly surprising coming several weeks after the claim of the resurrection of an elderly woman in the Rift Valley, which has been attributed, allegedly to the healing powers of a preacher.

The mere fact that the allegation has been allowed to be spread without being countered by especially the Health authorities, could just have emboldened people purporting to have the powers to bring the dead back to life.

The second example of the bad behaviour that must be stamped out is the growing tendency to create and spread rumours about the supposed deaths of some prominent personalities.

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