For the first time in recent times, three weeks ago I attended a meeting dedicated to eradication of negative ethnicity in Kenya also organised to welcome Isaac Jaffer who has been walking across Kenya in a campaign to end negative ethnicity.
Surprisingly, the meeting was well attended by western ambassadors who probably still remember their shame in Rwanda. While Kenyans are too busy chasing after money to notice an ominous gathering storm of negative ethnicity, the nation in slumber awaits annihilation and only a few know that when the ethnic conflagration strikes, the wealth we accumulate will burn to ashes.
After the ethnically driven post election violence of 2007-08, why do Kenyans still underrate the dangers of negative ethnicity? Is it because they think Holocaust and Genocide cannot happen here; that God will stop negative ethnicity from killing them massively as it has elsewhere; have become numb to death; they think the scorpion of negative ethnicity will not sting and therefore go to bed with it; communities think producing a president will immunise them against ethnic and clan wars; many believe negative ethnicity does not kill friends, allies, disciples, propagators, foot-soldiers, ethnic elites and chiefs; or haven’t Kenyans heard: the disease that returns is the one that kills?
As Fr Dolan has said, it is time to have a frank conversation on negative ethnicity or its demons will descend from hell to kill us. At best, negative ethnicity is a killer psychological and political disease.
Kenyan leaders say they are its doctors but always seek to cure it with a wrong diagnosis and the disease therefore never dies. Other so-called doctors deliberately apply a misdiagnosis because they love and wish to preserve the disease.
At worst, negative ethnicity is a demonic ideology that is propagated by humans turned demons from hell. Certainly, however, negative ethnicity is Kenya’s worst foe because it makes communities demons and enemies of one another, some afflicted by superiority and others inferiority complexes.
Negative ethnicity is the mother of ethnic hate that we prosecute without addressing the sea of negative ethnicity that must be dried to deny ethnic demons hatching grounds that also breed the worst possible dictators.
Negative ethnicity is Africans’ weapon of mass self-destruction that has killed tens of millions in Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda, Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Burundi and will kill millions more unless it is eradicated. In Africa, negative ethnicity has killed more people than atomic bombs killed in Nagasaki and Hiroshima or any nuclear bomb.
Yet negative ethnicity is hard to fight because it has not only victims, but also beneficiaries who are in government, Parliament, courts, churches and media which protect and propagate it religiously albeit secretly.
Negative ethnicity is evil but has a lot of followers whom it promises salvation, power and wealth. In Africa, it is hard to meet a community that is not sick from negative ethnicity mostly as a mistaken weapon of self-defence.
Within communities, those who refuse to join the bandwagon of negative ethnicity are called traitors to be ostracised and killed, weeds to be uprooted and cockroaches to be crushed.
In almost all African countries, negative ethnicity has not only killed nationalism that unites communities, it has also replaced it as the ideology of political parties, alliances, governments, religions and politics of divide and rule.
Tragically, governments of national unity that are today proposed alongside rotational presidencies as solutions of ethnic conflicts are themselves products of negative ethnicity which they can only perpetuate once in power.
In Kenya, negative ethnicity is the greatest enemy of democracy which it has transformed into a tyranny of ethnic numbers camouflaged as rule of the majority. Ultimately, negative ethnicity resolves ethnic conflicts with its final solutions of ethnic wars, clan wars and genocides. Negative ethnicity is a greater enemy than corruption.
Instead of stoning the corrupt as better societies do, we protect them against prosecution as 'our thieves'. And as the poor embrace their ethnic exploiters and blame those of other communities, they condone their poverty as inevitable, God-given and better than what they fear as 'worse plight' under 'worse and unacceptable' leadership from other communities.
Negative ethnicity has taken the so-called digital youth into complete captivity from where they supply ethnic chiefs and demigods with foot-soldiers, rally goers, interahamwe and cyber warriors in Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Just as racism and anti-Semitism never played any useful role to communities and races that embraced them, today, no ethnic community will develop or progress with the ideology of negative ethnicity contrary to sterile intellectual arguments that ethnic or racial societies have always needed negative ethnicity to develop, stabilise and advance.
How can societies that are put to conflict, animosity and war with others be at war, dying and at the same time moving forward? If rejection of racism, anti-Semitism and negative ethnicity is painful, it is the pain of labour that comes with birth of development.
Youthful writers like Ngunjiri Wambugu who tell us of the virtues of negative ethnicity, must also show us what Germany gained from anti-Semitism, the Holocaust or the war she unleashed against Jews and the world or profit of genocide in Rwanda, Congo or Indonesia.
Tragically neither Cord nor Jubilee can be relied upon to cure negative ethnicity. They are both its products and beneficiaries and have no moral capacity to fight it. Who then will free Kenya from the shackles of negative ethnicity? Every individual must first cure oneself.
Then every individual must take the war to one’s community before taking it to others. And as mankind helps to eradicate racism and anti-Semitism, it must also help to end negative ethnicity. Finally, we must share resources or ethnically fight over them.