KATIBA CORNER

Ethnicity in politics and society

Little was done at official levels to promote a sense of common nationhood until official constitution-making began in 2001

In Summary

• There was the prospect of a relatively united country but for the way Jomo Kenyatta took complete authority into his own hands — primarily for the benefit of the Kikuyu — and his family.

•  Moi did the same—for the benefit of the Kalenjin and family. The result was the ruling out of any sense of a common nation and state.

Kenya is well endowed with a wide variety of 'tribes' or communities (though Nigeria with perhaps 300 or more and Papua New Guinea with its 700 languages put Kenya’s diversity into ...

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