October 23, 2018

The insanity in incest

By Mwangi Macharia


Heading to work I board a matatu. As I sit, the tune of a Lingala song hits me. My heart relaxes as the sweet kisses bloom from the heart-warming tunes. In my mind I am dancing. My twisting waist, flapping legs, lifting my hands up yet outwardly all I can afford is a smile to appreciate the rhythm.

Just as I get to fully enjoy the song the radio presenter fades it off slowly. The effects are a salivating heart a mind that yearns for more but it is definite the song is over. My day was going to be good I told myself. To convince myself further the day was not hot neither humid but the chilled breeze was my comfort.

The journey commences and just at the same time the radio presenter introduces the topic of the day. Incest! Yes, incest. I cant believe that in such an age we are still talking about it.

“Has civilization not taught us anything?” I whisper to my neighbour, “How can people commit such an abomination?”

Amused by my reaction she giggles and whispers back “If there is anything civilization has done, is to teach us on how to do it better!”

Before I fully digest her statement, the radio presenter continues on to explain the background of the topic. Apparently in Bungoma a 17 year old boy had it with his 15 year old sister. The session was so intense and accurate such that the sister now carries his manifestations (She is pregnant). The elders of the place were so mad at the act and decided to fine the father three goats for that mistake. After which all was declared to be well and the sins forgiven.

As if that is not enough, on Monday 1st Feb 2016 a person being interviewed urged the brother and the sister to continue, saying it is a noble act. His reason being that in the days of Adam and Eve there was no other family and thus for them to multiply young men namely Cain and Seth and the rest who followed had to marry either their sister or niece.

The introduction of biblical arguments introduces a new twist to the story. The main twist being how come that it happened in bible times and yet it is condemned today? Well Leviticus 18:6-10

“None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the Lord. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether brought up in the family or in another home. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your son’s daughter or of your daughter’s daughter, for their nakedness is your own nakedness.

This is a portion of scripture that shows the laws that God gave the Israelites that govern how they relate sexually with others. The specifications are clear yet we want to find excuses to burry our own sin.

What should be made clear is that not everything written in the bible spells out what is pleasing before God. God himself chooses to place even those things that he loathes so that we cannot indulge in them and claim we did not know that God hated them. The unfaithfulness of King David is recorded since God abhors such but then David’s repentant heart realized his mistake and went crying for forgiveness to the Almighty God.  It is this state of his heart that made God refer to him as “A man after my own heart.”

Sexual sin and perversion has been swept under the carpet as no one wants to seriously talk about it. It is an issue that has engulfed our schools, churches and workplaces. In a chat with Rachel Wambua a student in UoN Parklands she points out that the truth about sexuality is worth talking about seeing that the situation is worsening daily. “This is why I joined Chastity Campaign that is organised by Fellowship of Christian Unions (FOCUS KENYA)” She says. She also pointed out that the discussions crafted around the campaign spell out the truth of our sexuality.

“We need to stand and Ignite the Passion for Purity” says Mr. Konye who is the research training and Publications officer in FOCUS KENYA. He continues to say that the campaign is aimed to rally young people in Kenya to stay sexually pure avoiding any forms of sexual perversions and answering life questions about sexuality from a biblical perspective. “We shall be having a chastity walk on the 13th of February 2016 which will be followed by a launching the programme in over 100 Christian unions in the country on the 14th of February 2016.” Said Mr Konye who is spear heading the campaign.

The incest case has happened, it is not right neither will the past change due to our continuous engagement in discussions with no end. Let us take a stand and rally one another to be sexually upright, let us remain chaste for it is the only solution to the perversion that so much entangles our mind for the future still beckons.


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