The Star (Nairobi)

3 September 2012

Kenya: We Give Citizens Alternative Forum

editorial

Recently the Star carried a story indicating that the National Conservative Forum was planning to carry our countrywide campaigns for the removal of the Chief Justice and further published that unnamed sources had claimed that Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto were funding The National Conservative Forum.

The Nation Conservative Forum is not a branch of any political party and was founded by Kenyans who love their country deeply. It does not affiliate itself with any political grouping in Kenya nor is funded by any politician. Our rallying cry is that the people of Kenya must take charge of Kenya's destiny towards a dignified and unified nation.

We promote conservative values and believe that conservatism is grounded in moral and human values that are derived from the major religions and traditions of the world.

Religion and our traditions are an amalgamation of life, which embodies values such as respect for elders and honouring your parents. Abnormal behavior is that of the outliers. Liberals attempts to impose on the majority the values of outliers. They pick on obscure ideas and try to present them as values that the majority live by. As a forum, we look at values held by the majority.

These after all are democratic principles. Furthermore, The Forum facilitates conducts and convenes debates that encourage critical thinking on issues surrounding the nation. By doing so we exercise our fundamental right of freedom of expression. It is under this premise that we held a meeting at the PanAfric Hotel in August.

One of the issues disused was, could there be growing activism in the judiciary, a valid topic, given the recent High Court ruling whereby the right to debate secession from the Kenyan state which was a central talking point for the MRC is neither criminal nor unconstitutional.

Discussing the same does not amount to a campaign to remove the Chief Justice. The attempt to paint the Forum in a negative light gives rise to the question, why is it that discussing the judiciary is an ambit that that the people are not permitted to venture into? For too long the Kenyan people have been given only one perspective of the issues that affect them.The Forum provides an alternative platform. Furthermore, the unnamed sources attempted to depict the Forum having "identified human rights defenders who are alleged to be cooperating with the ICC for intimidation."

Not only is this a very serious allegation that is subject to criminal charges being preferred by the International Criminal Court but also is shabby propaganda technique of shooting the messenger as opposed to addressing the issue raised. The article was cleverly designed to ensure that The Forum was attacking what has been portrayed as the "last bastion of hope" for Kenya the Chief Justice and The ICC. It should be accepted and recognized by all that democracy and its ideals are for all people, which include the conservatives of this nation.

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