Pokots and Turkanas are better off without these leaders

June 13, 2006 at 12:51 am 1 comment

I have had the priveledge of living in practically all the 8 provinces of our country at one time or another, learning lots about our different ethnic communities and their cultures in the process.

Close to 7 years of my life were spent among the Turkana and Pokot peoples, both whose languages I can still understand and speak fairly well.

It has been against this background that I have been following debates on disarmament in the North Rift closely because it touches on the lives of people I could safely call my own and identify with in several ways.

In today's edition of the Kenya Times as well as the Standard, a prominent Church leader from the region has reportedly joined the chorus of those asking former President Moi to help pursue peace in the region.

Perhaps nothing sickens me more than to see opinion leaders from both communities and, in some instances, members of the provincial administration, rushing to former President Moi for guidance in their pursuit of peace and stability in the North Rift.

I hold no brief for anyone against Mr. Moi regarding this matter, it's only that I find the said opinion leaders hypocritical on the same, especially since they will – in private – whisper that the former president and the leaders he backed on the ground in years gone back were instrumental in sustaining ethnic animosity on either side.

Painful memories of lives lost and livelihoods destroyed on either side of the debate, as indeed in other places of the country, always make my spirit cringe whenever such opinion leaders open their mouths to dole out their supposedly invaluable wisdom on matters of the day.

Some of these leaders have equally never ceased to sustain the animosities for their political and economic benefit.

I suggest that young and upright leaders from these communities shall be sinning in their silence if they won't protest against this latter-day self-righteousness by some of their leaders.

I also suggest that the 2007 polls present an excellent opportunity for them to help move their communities from the Egypt some of these leaders have for long – and conveniently so – imprisoned their people.


Entry filed under: Culture, Kenya, Politics, Society.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. alexcia  |  June 13, 2006 at 8:46 am

    this applies for the whole country


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