The Glaring Face of Tribalism and Negative Ethnicity, and How I have Encountered It

It’s become the talk at the bar, at the salon, at every meeting point: tribalism in Kenya. We witnessed it, four/five years ago, and just when its ugly face was coming to light, it was curbed. Since then, we have read and heard of first hand experiences, empathised, sympathised and said that we won’t let it happen again.

 

This morning, unbeknownst to me, on a matatu ride from Adams Arcade to Lenana Shopping Centre, a matatu driver and conducter have shocked me back to reality on just how bad the situation is. Continue reading “The Glaring Face of Tribalism and Negative Ethnicity, and How I have Encountered It”

What If Tuko Pamoja After All?

By now we have all read up on Forbes latest release on matters Africa, and those who are deemed most wealthy. Our homie, Uhuru Kenyatta, of the Tuko Pamoja fame, (or ICC..depending on the circles you roll in) made it onto the list.

I have a difficult time believing that this is the best pic they could find of him…but hey! Done a google image search…and….well…

I remember the indignation with which most of us responded to his Tuko Pamoja tagline that I believe is at the core of his presidential campaign. The ever philosophical RoomThinker was very articulate in this here open letter(blog) to Mheshimiwa.

So, in a nutshell, a guy owns at least 500,000 acres of prime land spread across the country. Yaani,(in other words), half a million acres of the Muthaigas, Nyaris, Rundas…if that’s what we define as ‘prime’ land…I tried to imagine the expanse of such land in my mind’s eye…even in broken down chunks…let’s just say, I’m still imagining.

The land was acquired by his father in the 1960s and 1970s when the British colonial government and the World Bank funded a settlement transfer fund scheme that enabled government officials and wealthy Kenyans to acquire land from the British at very low prices. ” [Forbes]

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Wining and Dining with Kenya’s Primaries: #VPMeetup

VP Meetup. *pauses for a moment…draws out a sigh and attempts to go through with the post*

A bunch of people have already shared their thoughts on said meetup. Here’s one by @kachwanya.

Something I’ve come to appreciate with this wave of ‘political seduction’ on one of the most levelling, if not the only levelling platform/forum in the world today,social media, is that objectivity can easily be thrown out the window,and with seemingly just cause! It is no secret that the #VPMeetup stirred up quite the sensation! It didn’t tip towards the positive for the most part. It can be argued that the memorable bit was the food and drink, because when it got down to the heart of the matter,well, it was a crowded shallow-end of a vast pool,which comprises a much bigger,more accommodating deep-end.

Into the meat of things. (Mind you,this is one bony chunk of meat.) Continue reading “Wining and Dining with Kenya’s Primaries: #VPMeetup”