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January 24, 2019

Kenyans, stand and be counted against negative ethnicity

POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE IN 2007: Kenyans, stand and be counted against negative ethnicity. Photo/FILE
POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE IN 2007: Kenyans, stand and be counted against negative ethnicity. Photo/FILE

It might sound repetitive, boring and irritating, but when the survival and moral being of a nation is at stake from serious problems, as Kenya is currently threatened by negative ethnicity and corruption, patriots must stand up to be counted by exposing and fighting those problems until they are eradicated. After all, “a homestead is conquered when owners lose vigilance and put their shields on rooftops”.

Yet several things tell us that instead of Kenyans fighting negative ethnicity, most are embracing it.

Though we are happiest when living together in harmony and love, Kenyans are more attracted to hate, inter-ethnic conflict and war hypnotised by negative ethnicity.

Like a garden of flowers of different colours, Kenya should derive beauty and love from ethnic diversity. Instead, as some resources such as oil become a curse instead of a blessing, as a resource, to countries like Kenya, ethnic diversity has become a curse and a source of hate, conflict, division and war.

Shockingly, when some Kenyans diagnose negative ethnicity as a disease suffered by most, the sick accuse those analysts of causing and giving negative ethnicity to the country. They would rather the scourge devoured the country quietly.

Some even support ethnic conflict as a source of strength to communities, while others argue ethnic hate is inherent in negative ethnicity, inevitable and ordained divinely by ethnic diversity. So rather than fight negative ethnicity, many embrace it as an ally against other communities.

Indeed, with the collapse of nationalism, many adherents and disciples of negative ethnicity commit themselves to it as their only source of security.

With Kenya more or less dead, most Kenyans don’t live in Kenya anymore. They live in ethnic kingdoms back in their counties and in smaller urban ethnic states where their communities constitute majorities.

If we care for this country and our lives shall not be useless, we must stand up to be counted in the war against negative ethnicity, even in death. However frustrating, patriots and nationalists must soldier on against negative ethnicity because it undermines and opposes all that is best and dear to human life.

So far, negative ethnicity has given Kenya its worst leadership that has in turn given the nation terrible vision in thick mist, and a terrible system that is mother to all our problems. In ethnic elections, the only merit that matters is ethnicity and money.

Though we are rated as the sixth poorest country in Africa, our poverty can only get worse because the death of ethnic neighbours is our feast. The only poverty we care about is ours, and justify robbery of others with “what belongs to other communities is never ours” and “all cattle are ours” and we are entitled to rescue them from others.

After categorising other communities as enemies, we concede no human or economic rights to them. Instead, we entitle ourselves fully to violate their rights.

At independence in 1963, thanks to nationalism, Kenya was full of Kenyan nationalists and patriots. Today, thanks to negative ethnicity, Kenya is full of Kikuyu, Kamba, Luo or other ethnic nationalists and patriots. With Kenya dwindling by the day, it is just a matter of time before it disappears, and is no more.

After 50 years of fighting one-party dictatorship, negative ethnicity now uses ethnic discrimination and enmity to obliterate democracy which ethnic bigots consider an ally of enemies. Consequently, negative ethnicity will never allow democracy to install either Raila or another Kikuyu in power, rendering all elections contentious.

Negative ethnicity is an enemy of democracy, which it seeks to substitute with ethnic dictatorship. In all countries where negative ethnicity is the ideology of politics, instead of democracy, it is ethnic dictatorship that reigns supreme.

Negative ethnicity is even a foe of something dearer than democracy. By promoting ethnic discrimination, conflict, genocide and Holocaust, it is a great enemy of life.

Negative ethnicity is also the greatest enemy of truth and flourishes only through lies and false promises that all people will benefit from it, while only a minority benefits from it as it crushes the majority under its iron heels. To live by truth, honesty and integrity, society must wage war against negative ethnicity.

In a multiethnic society like Kenya, negative ethnicity is the greatest promoter and protector of corruption. When negative ethnicity cries out that “our people are being finished” or “we are being finished”, it is protecting corruption. Anyone who promotes corruption, therefore, can never be a crusader against corruption. Champions of negative ethnicity are also champions of corruption, while promoting negative ethnicity means promoting graft.

As long as the government is built on a foundation of negative ethnicity, it can never champion the war against graft. When the ruling coalition is built upon a foundation of negative ethnicity or ethnic coalition, it is false to claim that the same government can crusade against corruption. It is not possible, and it can never happen. Nor should it surprise anyone that corruption continues to grow in an environment that is ruled by negative ethnicity.

Nor can devolution succeed while married to negative ethnicity. If devolution is driven by negative ethnicity, it will kill devolution, and replace it with majimboism, or even session by ethnic counties into independent ethnic states like Kosovo or Serbia.

As President John F Kennedy of America said "mankind must end war or war will end mankind", we too must say, "Kenya must end negative ethnicity or negative ethnicity will end Kenya".


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