Human rights activist Boniface Mwangi is never afraid of speaking out his mind. The politician, who unsuccessfully vied for the Starehe constituency parliamentary seat turned 35-years-old today.
However, the outspoken personality will be spending his day in court, facing charges of leading a protest outside Parliament buildings using pigs back in 2013.
Well, yesterday in his social media Boniface stated that he will gladly celebrate his birthday in court because he is on the the right side of history.
Tomorrow I turn 35, instead of celebrations, l shall be in court for being on the right side of history.
Our (Kenya’s) hope for a renewed leadership quickly disappeared after the 2013 election. Two months after new Members of Parliament were sworn in, their first action was to award themselves a hefty pay rise, making them some of the highest paid in the world. We decided to paint pigs with the names of the greedy legislators who were leading the push for higher pay. The message for the day was greedy Mpigs occupy the bloody Parliament. On May 14, 2013 we delivered the pigs to parliament.
We provoked an uprising against the collective greed of MPs. Although police used teargas and water cannons to disperse us, the pigs did not move an inch.
17 of us were beaten, arrested and arraigned in court on criminal charges. We moved to court to challenge the constitutionality of the charges. In August 2014 a high court judge ruled, dismissing the constitutional reference case, essentially holding that our fundamental rights were not violated.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 10th July at 9:00am at the Supreme Court in Nairobi our case will be heard by a bench led by Chief Justice David Maraga.
Kindly join us at the supreme court in solidarity.
Boniface together with other activists staged the ‘Occupy Parliament’ demonstration using 31 live pigs to protest greed among MP’s for demanding a pay hike just a few months after being elected to office. You all remember that.
Just to remind you, read below more about him;
He loves books;
Boniface Mwangi is the author of his book Unbound.
His love for books started way back when he sold books with his late mother. And just because of his reading culture and knowledge it has exposed him to new things and places. He is now reaping the fruits of his hard work and love for books.
“Because of self-education, and following my life’s passion, I have given talks across Kenya, Ethiopia,Tanzania,Uganda, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Congo, Ghana, Zimbabwe, United Kingdom, USA and at the United Nations. My work has taken me to South Africa, Rwanda, Peru, Belgium, Sweden, France, Canada and Scotland. My TED talk, “The day I stood alone” has been watched by over a million people.
My close friends know that you can never go wrong gifting me a book. The former Chief Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga, sends me books and articles to read, whenever l share my ignorance on social media in a subject that he believes l need to read more on.¬
What’s my point? Books changed my life.”
It is just amazing how books can transform ones life to a whole new level. His love for books has passed it on to his children. How amazing is that!
“The reward system in our home is books. My son read his first John Grisham novel at the age of 8. As a family, we have more books than clothes.”
He loves nature;
As a photographer, his photos in scenic places can prove that he loves nature.
Do you remember his viral photos with a monkey?
He is a family man;
Throughout his activism journey, Boniface has always involved his family and even during the last election campaign, he would be accompanied by his children and wife to the ground.
He even goes for movies with them.