You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya
Title: You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya
Author: Christopher Goffard
HISTORY AFRICA 364.1523 GOF
Goffard explores the life of Father John Kaiser, an outspoken critic of the Moi regime in Kenya who died under mysterious circumstances in 2000, and of Charles Gathenji, a passionate lawyer who sought to find the truth of his death.
A nonfiction mystery dwelling on timeless themes: an individual’s stand against corruption, the complexity of the human heart.Whether gunning down a warthog, raising the beams he’d hewn himself for a new church, or standing up for landless refugees and abused girls, Father John Kaiser was a figure larger than life. He was fierce in his commitments, devoted to the poor and displaced, and fearless—what some would call reckless—in the pursuit of justice. For this he was beloved by his parishioners, seen as a loose cannon by his superiors in the church, and despised by Kenya’s strongmen under the tyrannical leadership of Daniel arap Moi. When Kaiser was discovered dead on a remote roadside in the bush, the FBI ruled it a suicide. Kenyans were sure he’d been murdered.
In a new Kenya, post-Moi, it would fall to Charles Mbuthi Gathenji, a prominent dissident and the son of a man himself murdered for his beliefs, to find out what really happened to Father John Kaiser. 8 pages of black-and-white photographs