Kenya Is Not Yet Uhuru-Jaramogi Odinga…. Says Milton Muigai

Posted on February 11, 2008. Filed under: Butdoisay TRUE STORIES |


Both of you do have very valid points and the arguments presented are indeed thought
provoking. However, there is an issue that both of you seem to be circumventing.
What has an election rigging have to do with the small man named Kamau, Otieno,
Kipketer, or Mwachongi? Can any of you and anyone for that matter explain how the
deaths of all the Kenyans post elections has affected the current administration in
office? I do understand the frustration and the sheer anger at a government that
treads on its electorate. Every Kenyan has experienced oppression regardless of
ethnicity. In my opinion the response from the so called native peoples of Rift
Valley and Nyanza had nothing to do with disaffection for the Kibaki administration.
If this anger was indeed caused and provoked by the Kibaki administration, how many
government institutions and installations suffered the peoples wrath? In many
countries when citizens are angered by events attributed to the governing
administration of the day, the pattern is there for all to see. We all saw the
events as they unfolded at Tiananmen Square in China and most recently in Burma
where dictatorial administrations were challenged by the electorate. Remember that
even dictators have their supporters, even in the examples given. This did not
diminish the zeal of those opposed to the regimes. Kenya was at such a crossroad.
Why then did people turn on each other and begin slashing, maiming, burning and
raping all in the name of protest? What was the difference this time round? Why was
Kibaki seen to exist, if it was indeed Kibaki that was “Shetani”, in other
individuals just because they belong to the same ethnic community? What was the
catalyst that ignited the burning embers of tribal strife?
I put it to you, the answer lies in way the concept of majimbo was presented. ODM
was the only party that presented majimbo as one of its major platforms in the
election. According to ODM party leaders from areas that bore the brunt of ethnic
violence, majimboism means “kila mtu arudi kwao”. This in essence means that anyone
that was not a native of the a particular region would have to leave for their
“ancestral region”. Basically people would pack and go away leaving behind what they
know to be home with just the clothes on their backs. Years of toil brought to
naught just because they belong to a different ethnic community. Some ODM leaders
would have Kenyans discriminate and “cleanse” their communities using ethnicity as
the yardstick. When will this then translate to religion, skin color or hair
texture? How does a political leader, be it at national or regional level, defend
and attest to this thinly veiled blueprint to ethnic cleansing? It is purely
diabolical, unethical and has no place in civil society. Is it not the sworn duty of
any leader to represent the people of his country and community regardless of race
(read tribe), creed or color? Political leadership based on discrimination of any
kind often has a boomerang effect, and once this door is opened there is no saying
where it all ends.

Majimbo has its advantages and disadvantages just like anything else. Moreover since
government policies put forth since 1963 by past administrations have resulted in
glaring development discrepancies in most provinces of Kenya, save Central and
Nairobi, why shouldn’t majimboism be the way forward? This is the reasoning of any
sane Kenyan that has witnessed the Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki administrations. Correct
me if I’m wrong gentlemen, but it is to my understanding that majimboism is a
focuses entirely on regional independence both economic and political in retrospect
from centrally administered governance thereby giving the local populace the power
and the ability to control their own destiny. This is the majimboism I know as an
ideology. The one some Kenyans are currently fighting for and about, is one that I
personally do not recognize nor want to be associated with. Many arguments have been
presented blaming the current levels of poverty and land ownership as the culprits
in the events leading up to the post election killing fields of Kenya. I would
equate such an argument with one such as, ” Kenyans went on a killing spree because
of high temperatures in the country”. The common Kenyan man has never contributed to
government policy. Yes they vote them in, but that is where their political
involvement ends. There are, however, legislators both in the current administration
and in opposition that have been members of successive government administrations.
Whilst in power they were privy and gave approval to policies that have resulted in
the serfdom of the Kenyan people. Many of them are crying wolf and thumping their
chests at the “horror” of rigging. They have lost millions invested in winning the
elections and cannot abide with the thought that their place by the table of Kenya
where they would “eat” to their fill has been taken by another or evaporated. Where
does mwanainchi fit in in this picture? The truth of the matter is that Kenyans that
both perpetuate and are victims to the atrocities that have been witnessed have much
in common, irrespective of ethnicity and location in the country. But sadly, Kenyans
are held ignorant of this fact by the village politics of tribe. This ignorance has
been exploited by successive administrations, including the current, and the
opposition leaders are undoubtedly cut from the same cloth. They have deliberately
exploited this channel of ignorance to fan the flames of ethnic hatred and the rest
is history. Many live in camps today without basic necessities whilst the leaders
they voted for play games of power.

At this point some may want to label and dismiss me as a PNU sympathizer. Far from
it, I tell you. My position is that it is just another politically and morally
corrupt party bent on keeping the status quo. We have seen these parties and
recognize them for what they are. They serve no other purpose other than to ride on
the backs of mwanainchi, feeding on their blood. Kupe.

In ending, I wish to quote one of the founding fathers of the Kenyan nation Odinga

Kenya is not yet Uhuru.

Milton Muigai


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6 Responses to “Kenya Is Not Yet Uhuru-Jaramogi Odinga…. Says Milton Muigai”

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Mr Muigai, it can never be put clearer. Sir, hongera for capturing the reality of our situation and breaking it down like it should be. If indeed you are not PNU then it is the likes of your mind that are the missing links to a fully united Kenyan nation. Thank you Sir.

Its nice to note that all are coming on board
Am happy that my friend Miugai is finally coming
out.Its not for us to aportion blame on ,who be
st ,demonstrated .it forward issues of dentity
better.Whats at stake a´int who is cool,its w
ho offers the more pragmatic solution.

Good article Obote…polished and straight forward…

Its nicce Clay ,that you named Obote.He chose to
be Muigai.This is also a correctin of the
mispellin of my brothers name .

“Obote”, well said and you really did capture the most essential points regarding the current situation we are in our country: I hope peole will be judged by what they believe-ideology, and not by their names.

Your definition of Majimbo is what i want Baba Nanii and Cindy to read.”Majimbo in the Kenyan context”. While Kenyans were dying partly due to the majimbo talk, the hypocrisy by top ODM leaders to come out strong in their condemnations when bloodthirsty thugs started killing “ODM supporters” truly made me sick.(I am against all types of violence and murder to prove any point). ODM leadership only seems to thrive in chaos, Or am I dreaming? Just listen to their secretary General’s comments. We need statesmen for leaders, not some messy alternatives.

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