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God bless this honest Kenyan farmer vilified by the Green Blob

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TOSSING and turning in the wee small hours of the night, I turned on the BBC World Service radio. This is about the only BBC I listen to since you often get stories about parts of the world which are not covered elsewhere, and I generally drift off to sleep after about 20 minutes. However on this occasion as I listened I became more and more angry (and awake). The item was a hatchet job by the BBC Verify team’s Marco Silva on a Kenyan farmer, Jusper Machogu, a quiet, thoughtful 29-year-old qualified in agricultural engineering. He has stated that, after considering all the evidence, he concluded that climate change and ‘global boiling’ was a massive hoax, and that striving for Net Zero would simply keep millions of Africans in food and fuel poverty. He puts his argument succinctly on X, ‘Do I and a billion and a half other Africans deserve a good life? Bet ya! But can we do that minus access to life-saving fossil fuels? A big no.’

On this basis BBC Verify has portrayed him as a ‘champion of climate change denial’, and as such needing to be silenced. To undermine him Silva enlisted the help of Dr Joyce Kimutai, described as ‘a research associate in the analysis and interpretation of climate data for extreme weather’, that is a climate scientist. She stated that Machogu’s views ‘are definitely coming from a place of lack of understanding’, and that ‘misinformation is threatening to derail the green agenda’.

Fortunately, this story was picked up by Thi Thuy Van Dinh and published here, as well as by  Ben Pile who has done an in-depth study on Dr Kimutai. He discovered that she is a ‘creature of the Western green Blob’, her research being funded by a host of Western organisations and corporations promoting the green agenda. The BBC Verify item, as always, allowed no challenge or questioning of Dr Kimutai’s views, and of course Jusper Machogu had no right of reply, although he continues to post defiantly on X (‘We love COand so should you’), on his substack, and on YouTube:

There are now a number of online interviews too.

Dr Kimutai made no attempt to address Machugo’s specific concerns and was clearly simply a ‘rent an expert’ plucked by the BBC off the shelf.  

In one short posting on Google, Jusper, wearing a ‘Fossil Fuels for Africa’ T-shirt, calmly states his position, addressing directly the COP28 conference in Dubai in January this year. ‘You guys preaching to us about climate change. Climate change is not a big problem to Africans. We have far bigger problems. We have people who are sleeping hungry. We have people who are very poor. We have people without electricity. We have people who don’t have access to clean water. Those are our big problems. We have people cooking with firewood, and you are telling us that we should care about the environment, about climate change. What is climate change anyway? So, my message to African leaders is let’s be brave, stand firm. Don’t even attend the COP28 meeting. If they want to make policies and decisions for us, let them make them. But we are going to say no to neocolonialism in the name of climate change. We should be all about human flourishing, African developing. And that’s my message.’  

It is his ‘neocolonialism’ jibe that gets to the heart of the issue. Arrogant Western elites think they can dictate their Net Zero nonsense to the poorer nations of the world, irrespective of the profound consequences. Like the old Presbyterian prayer for church ministers, ‘Lord, you keep them humble, and we’ll keep them poor’! Incidentally, this is exactly the same attitude displayed by the Church of England Synod to the 80 per cent of worldwide Anglicans, many in Africa, concerning sexual mores. The message being, ‘We know best, and if you don’t conform to our modern progressive ideas, it confirms that you are simply backward in your thinking.’

That one ordinary African man, with no background support or organisation, should have the temerity to stand against the massive international forces of the green Blob must not be allowed. To make it worse, this man’s words are starting to go viral. He is being listened to. It is clear why the Blob are so frightened of him: he pulls no punches and tells it as it is. A few months ago, I wrote in TCW about the New Testament prophet John the Baptist, and asked why it was that thousands came to listen to the preaching of this nondescript man with a poor dress sense living in the desert. The answer is that he was an authentic voice, and ordinary folk recognised this. I suggest that this is true of Jusper Machogu: he is not a showy orator or slick presenter, but a son of the soil, and people recognise this. So, put the boot in, BBC Verify; he must be stopped by fair means or foul, and this broadcast was a blatant attempt to smear him.

I have real concerns for him, however brave he is. The Blob is immensely powerful and will find a way to silence him if it can. I predict that the next step will be to undermine his integrity. Indeed, this had already started in the Verify item when Silva stated that Machogu had received around $9,000 in donations, the implication being that he was in the pay of someone or on the make. Silva concluded in a patronising manner by observing that this modest sum of money would seem a great deal to a poor African farmer, i.e. he could be easily bought. This comment was frankly laughable given the billions of dollars paid by the Blob to support the green agenda and Net Zero. Nevertheless, I am fairly confident that if Machugo continues in his crusade to protect the poor of Africa, very negative stories will soon be circulated about him. We shall see what sort of stuff he is made of.

God bless and protect you, Jusper Machogu: I am rooting for you. And total shame to BBC Verify. 

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Dr Tom Goodfellow
Dr Tom Goodfellow
Tom Goodfellow is a retired NHS consultant radiologist who had a specialist interest in paediatrics and cancer diagnosis.

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