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Ocampo’s Delusions & Why The West Will Never Understand “Africa”

I was looking at Ocampo’s list of suspect and it confirmed to me (once again) why the west will simply never understand the politics of Africa.  I don’t know why it’s so hard for westerners to understand “Africa”.

I’ve always maintained that at their core, Africans are tribal people.  The “tribe” defines all Africans, from the moment of birth until the moment of death.  Every significant portion of an African’s life has roots in their tribal culture:

  • The name you receive at birth comes from your tribal culture.
  • The wedding ceremony you have is defined by your tribal culture.
  • The language you speak comes from your tribe.
  • Your funeral rites will come from your tribal culture.
  • Your philosophy about the world (about money, about how to raise your children, about your relationships…will come from your tribal culture).

So, no matter what Ocampo says or what the ICC says, it will not change this fundamental reality that defines our “roots”.  The “tribe”  is the core of what every African is and it will remain so until the moment of death.  No amount of modernization or “westernization” can remove this core of who we are.

Now, having said this, let’s look at what really happened in Kenya (because at it’s “core” , it was a tribal fight) and I think one of Ocampo’s goals is to de-tribalize Kenya, but I can tell by looking at this list that he doesn’t really understand what actually happened.  He doesn’t understand the “core of the  African mind”.

So, what Happened?

The Kalenjins had ruled Kenya for 24 years under Danial Arap Moi.  Previous to that, the Kikuyu’s had been the rulers under Jomo Kenyatta.  In 2002, when Moi decided to step down, Kibaki was “chosen” as his successor through a structure of tribal deals that were struck.  Raila Odinga, the Luo leader agreed to give up the presidency to a Kikuyu who were the majority tribe in order to ensure that a win would occur and that Moi would be dislodged once and for all.

However, there was no real love between Raila Odinga’s Luo’s and Mwai Kibaki’s Kikuyu’s.  Raila realized mid-way through Kibaki’s term that he had been duped by the Kikuyu and they in fact had no intention whatsoever of sharing power with him or with Jaluo’s.  This realization prompted Raila to leave Kibaki’s government and move over into the opposition, which eventually culminated in Raila challenging Kibaki for the presidency in 2007.

Now, in Kenya, all politicians are corrupt.  So, no one will ever know who really won the election in 2007.  All I know is that it was a very close election, but to this day, I’m not sure who really won.  Anyway, in order to beat Kibaki and the majority Kikuyu, Raila realized that he needed a large tribal coalition and for this, he teamed up with William Ruto and the Kalenjin.  Thinking (obviously) that this large tribal coalition would be enough to surmount the large Kikuyu, Embu, Meru, Kamba voting bloc that would go for Kibaki and that constituted almost 50% of the voting bloc in Kenya.

As both sides began to realize that the election might be too close to call, Kibaki did what most African presidents would do — i.e. he declared himself the winner.  In Africa, you simply cannot expect to win an election with less than 5% of the vote.  It ain’t gonna happen. In order to “win”, you have to win “big”.  Ghana was an exception, but I can guarantee you in the next election, the president of Ghana will find himself in the same position as Kenya if that election remains close.  Ghana will end up like Ivory Coast today where both candidates “declare” themselves the winners. Uta do?

So, Raila and Ruto, sensing that Kibaki had beaten them to the alter, decided to create this “fiction” that the election had been rigged and in doing so, they recklessly formented tribal violence against the Kikuyu.  Thousands of Kikuyus were killed in the Rift Valley by Kalenjins who had planned this even prior to Kibaki declaring himself the winner.  The violence in the Rift Valley was absolutely planned by the Kalenjins.  You cannot evict half a million people in two days withouth prior planning.  No way.

This planning was done by politicians like William Ruto with absolute consent from people like Raila Odinga and other leaders in his ODM faction.  The Luo may not have done the actual killing in the Rift Valley, but the Kalenjin foot soliders did it for them.  Raila Odinga himself was heard making a speech in Kisii (in Swahili) where he encouraged the Kisii’s to leave the “Luhya’s” alone, but to go out and get the “Kikuyu’s”.

Kibaki and the Kikuyu’s in power were taken by surprise when the violence erupted (shame on them) but worse, once it became evident that the violence had been planned and was being executed quite proficiently, they failed to react to save the lives of not just Kikuyu’s, but of all Kenyans who got caught up in that senseless violence.  Shame on Kibaki again.

In response to Kibaki’s refusal (or was it inability?) to react to the killings of Kikkuyu’s in the Rift Valley, Uhuru Kenyatta and other Kikuyu’s who had money, met at the Blue Post Hotel in Thika and decided to take matters into their own hands.  They raised money, funnelled it into Mungiki and sent the Mungiki into the Rift Valley to protect the Kikuyu’s who were being killed by the Kalenjins.

The Kikuyu’s who met at Blue Post Hotel had no choice, but to do this because the state was NOT acting.  It was an act taken to defend innocent civillians who were being killed because of no fault of their own.  They were being killed simply because they belonged to the president’s tribe and were guilty of voting for him.  The Kikuyu president (Mwai Kibaki) never came to their defense and to this day, Kikuyu’s who were forcefully and violently evicted from their land are still stuck in IDP camps.  Kibaki has never done anything for them and there has been no justice.

So, to equate Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto in the same camp (in terms of culpability, is not correct and tells me that Ocampo does not fully understand what actually happened in terms of the tribal dimensions that defined this violence).

The violence in the Rift Valley did not begin in 2007.  It began in 1991 during Moi’s regime.  Under pressure to institute democractic reforms, Moi reacted by blaming the Kikuyu for opposition to his rule and reacted to this oppostion by instituting the first tribal clashes that Kenya had ever seen.  In response to this state instituted violence, the Kikuyu (again) were forced to defend themselves through private means and they did this by identifying the Kalenjin army officer who was responsible for coordinating the violence.  His name was General Boit.  He was later found hanging from a tree on his farm — having been killed by Mungiki.  I mentioned this before on a previous post I wrote.  The point here is that the clashes in the Rift Valley have only ended after Mungiki got in there to defend Kikuyu’s. It was never because of the state.  This was true in 199o’s and it was true again in 2007.

So, do I think the William Ruto is guilty of formenting violence? Abosultely I do.  100%.  However, he didn’t act alone. There were many others who helped him.

Do I think that Raila Odinga was instrumental in inciting people to violence? Absolutely.  So, why has Ocampo left him to go free?  Ocampo doesn’t understand that the Kikuyu will never allow Raila to enter statehouse.  It would literally be too dangerous for them.  So, leaving him to go free will not change the tribal dynamic on the ground.

Do I think Uhuru Kenyatta is guilty? No.  Doesn’t Ocampo understand what happened?  Kikuyu’s who saw what was happening decided (on their own) to meet at the Blue Post Hotel and to fight back.  Isn’t this a normal human reaction?  It is self-defense!  What were they supposed to do? Kibaki was asleep at statehouse!

The bottom line is they are no angels anywhere.  William Ruto is a violent blood thirsty thug, Raila is a violent, deceptive fool, Uhuru Kenyatta is an incompeten drunk with lots of stolen money and Kibaki…well…only God knows where that guys mind is.  One minute he seems to be alert and the next minute, he sounds like a bad voice over.

So, I don’t see how Ocampo will change the fundamental mind of the African.  We are who we are and no red wine drinking, beef eating Argentine is going to disconnect us from our tribal roots.

This is the end of my sorrowful soliloquy.

Why can’t Africans just be honest about who they really are?

Can someone get me a drink? Please? On the rocks (and don’t give that cheap shit (Viceroy I’m looking at you).

36 comments for “Ocampo’s Delusions & Why The West Will Never Understand “Africa”

  1. Blip
    January 29, 2011 at 4:36 am

    This article is a bunch of crap. Written by a tribalist Kenyan. I detest this blog.

  2. Steve
    January 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    It is true that since westerner are not Africans then they will never understand Africans,But even more tragically is the fact that you misrepresented Africans. When you are an ethnic minded fellow you tend to believe the whole world thinks like you. Afew misdirected elements in the name of politicians cannot give a real definition of Kenya. Premeditated murders and revenges all qualify one to be blood thirsty and a criminal. Weka ukabile kando na ufikirie kama binadamu.

  3. Peculiarkenyan
    January 11, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Mr. ur argument is far fetched and depict a chauvinistic n trivalistic ideology. First of all, the election shouldnt have bin rigged. Final. So talking abt foreplans n bluepost retaliation is pure bigotry. 4 kenya to advance one must accept he lost. U know had justice n rule of law prevailed kenya culd b very far now? Instead of decrying impunity u talk this? Very sad my friend.

  4. kenyanentrepreneur
    January 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    John:

    I don’t understand why people can’t seem to understand what I’m saying here. It’s not about defending Kikuyu’s or defending any other tribe. It’s about analyzing the situation factually, but Kenyans never want to discuss tribe even though it’s at the heart of their problems.

    The facts are the facts. The Kalenjin started these clashes in the rift valley when Moi was in power. If you start killing people, you should expect a reaction. So, I don’t care if it was Kalenjin vs. Kikuyu or Turkana vs. Dorobo. Whoever starts the fight should expect a reaction because everyone has a right to defende themselves.

    So, what were the Kikuyu’s in the rift valley supposed to do when they came under attack? Just sit there and take it? Lets use our common sense here.

    ***
    In fact, if you look at most situations of war anywhere in Africa, you’d see that the solution was never legal. It was always someone fighting back and letting the other side know that if they didnt’ stop they’d be consequences.

    The genocide in Rwanda was stopped by Kagame and his soldiers, not by the ICC or the UN.

    Idi Amin was removed by force; Obote was also removed by force with Museveni doing the fighting.

    South Sudan is about to become it’s own country after fighting for 30 years. Had they not fought, those Arabs would have continued persecuting them.

    Eritrea became it’s own country after fighting Mengistu for 30 years. Without the fight, they would have continued to get persecuted.

    This is the way the world is and the way it will continue to be. It is human nature. Let’s not be naive about it. If you fire the first shot, it will be returned your way eventually.

  5. john maina
    January 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    i would not be surprised you are kyuk like me but like the majority in our tribe unlike the few where i belong, you cannot see beyond the tribe by defending uhuru organising to kill other innocent kenyas just because they are not kyuk. its sad but a reality for many kyuks i interact with that they don’t value other tribes life like theirs.

  6. Kinoo
    January 5, 2011 at 10:02 am

    KE:

    Good post. I may not agree with all your assertions but I have to applaud you for bringing to the surface issues that Africans tend to hide under the carpet.

    Personally, my biggest issue is the white man is still welding some power over Africa. Who has Ocampo tried from America or Europe? Isn’t his court in Europe?

    Kinoo

  7. Julius
    January 4, 2011 at 7:14 am

    KE:

    I know that these six people have the capacity to use their followers to create chaos. But this should not make us be cowed to an extent that we cannot punish them for the past atrocities. If the price of bringing sanity to our country is to punish these powerfull offenders amidst chaos by their supporters; then I am ready to pay. They cannot sustain it once they go to jail and other leaders with similar intentions will never act like them. Its time we bit the bullet in order to get out of this culture of impunity.

  8. kenyanentrepreneur
    January 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Julius:

    I tell you why we are worried. It’s because these six people (with their power) can cause those poor people (that you are worried about) – they can cause them (with their speeches) to commit acts of mass murder and mayhem around the country.

  9. Julius
    January 2, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Good People…I think we are just being Kenyan in our arguments. Personally I do not care who is named by Ocampo. If one is innocent, they will prove themselves innocent. All these guys have enough money to hire good lawyers who can sustain good arguments in any court. Why are we not worried about kawaida kenyans who are arrested everyday on flimsy charges and cant afford legal fees and end up rotting in jail? Shame on us who are worried about five rich and one servant of the rich who are suspects of crimes against humanity.

  10. kenyanentrepreneur
    December 27, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Hadassah:

    I don’t believe “proximity” is one of the elements. The focus is on the action taken because ultimately you are talking about bodily harm to oneself and to others.

    Anyway, regardless of their ability to defend themselves, both Ruto and Kenyatta are pretty much finished in terms of their political careers. i.e. they can never be anything more that mere MP’s of their poor constituencies.

    Once you are “tagged” as a person who has committed crimes against humanity, no one in the international community will want to be near you. So, in that sense, maybe Ocampo has succeded by sending out a message to other politicians in Kenya. i.e. if you engage in these kinds of acts again, you will be branded a war criminal and it will impede your entire political career. So, don’t do it.

    We live in a globalized world and to confine your ideas to Eldoret or Gatundu is very limiting. Nobody outside of Kenya will take you seriously if you are just a village MP.

    Can you imagine being a political leader in today’s world and not being able to travel outside of Kenya? I mean, you have to be able to get out of the third world so you can see how to advance.

    I thought the village politics would die out when people like Moi and Kibaki left, but look at their younger replacements? their worse! people like Samuel Mbugua and that guy Sonko — these are guys from the slums who don’t have a world view. Very dangerous.

  11. hadassah
    December 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

    KE. Thanks for the analysis, with examples, most helpful! But dont you think that retaliation in Naivasha for attacks in Eldoret, Kericho areas is a bit way off? Remember, your neighbor guy directly confronted the person that was directly attacking his neighbor……

  12. Godfrey
    December 23, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Ocampo shouldn’t bother with Kenyan tribal politics. Ocampo is concerned with crimes against humanity, that is, mass murder, rapes and dislocation of hundreds of thousands of people. These are some of the crimes that qualify as crimes against humanity, or crimes against the entire human race. Therefore, Ocampo is not interested in political machinations stretching back several decades. If you killed, raped or evicted people, then you must face justice.

  13. kenyanentrepreneur
    December 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I wanted to add an addendum here because I think many Kenyans are having trouble comprehending the basic tenets of criminal law and the issue of self-defense.

    As I said earlier, criminal law allows a person to not only defend themselves and/or their personal property, it also (in some cases) allows a person to defend third parties.

    Usually, the extenuating circumstance when you defend third parties (i.e. when the threat was not directly against you but you chose to step in nonetheless) – the extenuating circumstance is that the response must be PROPORTIONAL to the threat.

    Are you with me? Okay. Let’s look at some examples:

    *****

    Let’s say you come to my neighbors house and pluck a rose out of his garden. Then, in response to this minor theft of the rose, I see you through my window and I pick up my AK47, shoot you and kill you.

    I cannot under this scenario successfully argue in a court of law that I was simply defending my neighbors roses. Why? because the court will say that my reaction was DISPROPORTIONATE to the threat posed and they could charge me with manslaughter, reckless endargement and a host of other things. It won’t fly.

    ******
    Let’s look at a different example. You come to my neighbors house armed with a 357 magnum and I can see through the window that you have tied up my neighbor and are pointing a gun at his face.

    If I take out my AK47, shoot you and kill you, I could successfully argue self-defense of a third party and in this case, my reaction would NOT be disproportionate to the crime because you had a gun and you could have killed my neighbor.

    This is essentially what Uhuru Kenyatta’s lawyers are going to argue: defense of third parties and proportionality.

    *****
    Now, what Ocampo has done does not make sense to me (under law) because I don’t understand how you can group the instigator and the defender and charge them under the same statute.

    Without the instigation, there would have been no reaction and that is why you never lump them together.

    So, what is Ocampo saying? that Uhuru Kenyatta’s reaction was DISPROPORTIONATE to the crime?

    However, even under this scenario, the level of guilt would still be lower (the person who started it always takes more blame than the person who reacted to it – & this is true under most criminal law).

    This is why I’ve said before that internatlonal law is totally divorced from the practical realities of the real world and it should be left for academics in their ivory towers. It should not be used to address real world dilemma’s.

  14. KE
    December 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Ocampo should not tell Kenyans that he is bringing them justice if he is going to be selective about who to prosecute. That is not real justice.

    It would be difficult to prosecute Kibaki for what would essentially have been a crime of omission (i.e. how can you prosecute someone for failing to do something?)

    However, Raila and Ruto are game because their crimes were crimes of commission. They may not have done the actual killings, but they were co-conspirators and/or even accessories to those crimes.

    And as I’ve said before, focusing on Uhuru does not make sense to me. The law does allow people to defend themselves and even (in some cases) to defend third parties and I believe (because I listened to one of his speeches) that this will be Uhuru’s central defense.

    I don’t know what Ruto’s defense will be (other than making sure that he doesn’t go down alone)- I’m assuming he’ll say that the violence was spontaneous. It’s his only defense.

    The real solution is for the Kikuyu and Kalenjin to realize that they cannot “finish” off each other (both tribes are too large, too powerful and too rich) and it looks like that’s where they’re headed. i.e. they Kikuyu and Kalenjin are now blaming Raila for that list and they will join forces to ensure that Raila never steps into statehouse.

    However, after they’re done with that, their “truce” will be over because Kikuyu’s are not willing to give up power again (been there done that with Moi – not happening again) So, who knows what’s next?

  15. Anon
    December 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I find it AMAZING the people refuse to acknowledge this ‘tribe’ issue- or whatever you want to call it. Doesn’t make a difference to me. At the end of the day, this is a REAL problem in Kenya and Africa you can bury your head in the sand all day long but that doesn’t change reality. Don’t forget that majority of Kenyans do not leave in Nairobi and were not brought up in a melting pot. Go to the middle of luo land or the middle of Kalenjin land and ask them what they think of Kikuyus. Go to the middle of Kikuyu land and ask them what they think of Luos and Kalenjins. Let’s see if you’ll still have these romantic notions that tribalism does not exist.

    Our leaders have failed us. Greatly. That is the bottom line. They take advantage of that ‘tribalism’ to remain in power and keep stealing..and stealing..and making sure that people are not enlightened enough to stop thinking in tribal lines. Very sad. I don’t agree with KE that the ‘West’ does not understand Africa/ns. They do. And because we think they don’t understand Africa, they will always be steps ahead of us in ‘the game’.

    Uhuru Kenyatta and all the people on Ocampo’s list deserve to be there. OF ALL PEOPLE..Uhuru Kenyatta had to call on Mungiki? Really? Someone who has direct access to all the powerful figures in that country had to call Mungiki? SHAME. And you know what, if he had to call on Mungiki because he thought the police force was not effective, who is to blame for that situation? PLEASE. They all deserve to be on that list. Kibaki and Raila and MOI should also be on that list but you know what, better something than nothing. Let’s see what happens…

  16. hadassah
    December 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I have a feeling the next ‘prezzy’ wont come from Luo Nyanza either. What a shame!

  17. kenyanentrepreneur
    December 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Kenyanlyrics:

    I’m afraid your response is not correct so let me re-state my argument again and it is this:

    The tribal clashes were started (first) by Moi and the Kalenjins in power in 1991/92. They happened again in 1997 and then in 2007. Moi used his instruments of power to kill and throw out Kikuyu’s who lived in the rift valley i(n retaliation for what he perceived was the source of opposition to his rule).

    The reason they were able to kill so effectively in 2007 AND route half a million people from their homes in only two days, is because of the following:

    1) They had practice doing it before (under Moi ten years earlier)
    2) They had lots of money to fund it (based on being in power for 24 years)
    3) Moi put many Kalenjins in the army during his reign and these army people who’d done it in 91/92, were still there and did it again in 2007.

    So, when you kill innocent people, you should expect a reaction. All human beings have a will to live and if you attack them, you’d be a fool to not expect them to act in their own self-defense and this is exactly what happened at the blue post hotel — they said no..we have to fight back. We cannot allow these people to just kill us indiscriminately.

    The clashes in 1991/92 did not end because of Moi’s sympathy. They ended when mungiki landed there and started fighting back. Then, Moi realized that things would get out of control and he told the Kalenjins to stop, but only after he saw that people were going to fight back.

    I’ve said before that it is naive to expect that war can be defined by esoteric legal rules. Once the pangas come out all bets are off! and if you are going to fight, you should realize this before hand. Ruto did not realize this.

    You cannot tell Kikuyu’s in the rift valley to just sit there and allow themselves to get killed and then wait for five years for Ocampo to come and bring them justice through some court in Geneva. :roll:

    If someone is coming to kill you with a panga, you have no choice but to fight back and defend yourself and your family. You have to kill them there and then! not say, I’ll let you kill me then hope that my surviving heirs will gather the paperwork and find justice for my soul in Switzerland. That’s madness.

    So, I’ll say again what I’ve been saying here for three years:
    Kibaki will not leave office until he has dealt with the problems of the Kalenjins in the rift valley and he’s started doing it by getting rid of all the provinces in the new constitution (this was meant to destroy that RV base) and by shifting around the security people.

    That’s really the crux of my argument. Thank you very much.

  18. KenyanLyrics
    December 18, 2010 at 1:52 am

    So KE, your argument is basically “he started it?”

    That is an excuse used by children in primary school, grow up! As an adult you should know that anyone who commits a crime is to face the law. You think vigilante warfare is justifiable in a court of law? NO! Uhuru, Ruto, Kosgey and Sang do not have cases.

  19. disappointed kenyan girl
    December 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    this article is deeply disappointing and wrong on so many different fronts:
    1.Your title is misleading: instead of some logical or at least mocking analysis, you spew forth theories and opinions that are recycled by drunk losers who have nothing else to talk about.
    2. You claim you hate the word tribalism, yet you display something much deeper in your writing: prejudice and discrimination.
    2. my biggest gripe is about people who believe that the west should do this and that for Africa. By now we should know that people are motivated by self interest.
    I wish you could delete this post, because if educated Kenyans like you think this way, then surely we are doomed for ever

  20. Sims
    December 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

    There will be pay back for what happened to mboya and what happened after with the relevant interest attached. Sit tight man the next prezzy is definitely not going to come from central

  21. j.j.
    December 17, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I think what a lot of Africans sometimes forget is that there was tribalism too all over the world. Even in the so called “developed” nations. After that they went to nationhood ( which didn’t stop the killing either ). The questions is, why is there such a strong need to seperate myself from other human beings that I live with ? May it be by tribes, nations, ideologies, religion…and it is barely only separation but mostely also connected with elevation (“we are better then them, because…”).
    The end result, well, we are seeing it all the time in human history.
    I think getting rid tribalism and the need to segregate ( even if its just in the head ) is a first big step in a peaceful development. Look at Europe…they were kicking each others butt’s for centuries. One war after the other, one bigger then the last. Finally people overcame the “us against them” ( well, economical dependencies might have played a role ) and Europe is relatively peaceful ( that doesn’t mean they cannot fall back on old days, but for the last 60 years they, at least in western europe, they didn’t kill each other in big scale ).
    Being proud of someones heritage is something completely different then tribalism i like to believe. Your heritage is just “cloths” you wear but you don’t make decisions based on them.

  22. Voter
    December 17, 2010 at 4:34 am

    You must be a big Tribalist Joker!
    You dont understand Kenya yourself,let alone Africa,
    you are the kind of people who live in the past with tribal thoughts and selfish ambitions.Am a Kamba myself
    and will always support like minded pple like Raila who brought much freedom and change to our country.If Raila becomes president today,will your salary stop coming? Wake up man from that old age deep slumber.You dont need to be called a today Kenyan.Shame on you

  23. kenyanentrepreneur
    December 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    When I say that tribe defines Africans, do not then take from that, that this means it’s okay to use “tribe” to commit crimes. No. However, in Africa, people do that. i.e. they use tribe to commit crimes. Just like Bin Laden has used Islam to commit crimes. The pathology lies with the individuals. In this case, with Bin Laden and in Kenya’s case with Ruto, Raila and others who cheered while people were being killed.

    However, Africans should not deny that they are defined by tribe. You can accept it, recognize it and STILL run a country based on the rule of law, fairness, etc. etc.

    What Ocampo has done in this case, is refused to accept that one side (Ruto & Raila) used “tribe” to commit acts of murder against fellow Kenyans.

    Kibaki’s crime (if you accept that the election was ruined) was one of thievery, not murder. So, I don’t care if Raila had stolen or Kibaki had stolen….no theft justified those killings and this is why I think Ruto and the Kalenjins crossed the line. When you start killing, you’ve crossed the line of humanity.

    Uhuru did not commit a crime in this case. If innocent people are being killed and the state (aka Kibaki) is refusing to use it’s instruments of power (aka the army) to stop the killings, then private individuals absolutely have the right to act in defense of those innocent people who are being killed. Maybe Uhuru’s crime was allowing his hotel (Blue Post) to be used as a meeting ground for the response to the violence, but had the Kalenjins not resorted to violence, there would have been no response from Mungiki.

    So, my basic point is this:
    Kenya’s politicians have differentiated themselves from other African countries that have been plunged into civil war by limiting their crimes to thievery and this system held up until 1991 and that is what Ocampo fails to realize.

    The threshold of going from thievery to tribal murder was crossed by the Kalenjins and I’ve been saying for three years now, it’s where the problem lies.

    The Jaluo in Kisumu were just throwing stones. They are not the problem and Raila knew that the violence we saw in the Rift Valley would not come from his own Luo’s.

    The next president is going to have to confront this problem of violence in the rift valley coming from the Kalenjins (for the sake of the security of all Kenyans).

  24. shrugged
    December 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    meant can’t be equated!

  25. shrugged
    December 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I agree with you mostly. Ocampo went with the mindset it’s ODM versus PNU and it wasn’t. The Kalenjins have been trying to evict other tribes out of the rift since the 90s. The election mess only excerbated the situation. My problem with all this is that the case won’t hold in court and the masterminds (people who initiated the violence) will walk. And yes Uhuru, Ali and Muthaura can be equated to Ruto, if anything the whole state machinery should be indicted for failing to protect it’s citizens.

  26. KenyanLyrics
    December 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    KE, you are too deep into this ‘tribalism is everything’ mentality. Tribalism is just but an extension of the social force of likeability. People tend to like those who are similar to them, so tribalists use this to their advantage.

    However, there are many other social forces that can be used to your advantage. Being of ‘the wrong tribe’ does not leave you crippled, and being of ‘the right tribe’ is certainly not the be all and end all of everything.

    Point here is that tribalism is not the overriding factor in our society, it is merely a means to an end. And there are other alternative means to the same end. What end is this? MONEY. Ask yourself how do less than 100,000 wahindis and wazungus rule Kenya?

  27. Clive
    December 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I try to avoid discourse on kenyan politics because its a dish one has to have an avid apetite and resilient stomach for. I dont know much about the post-election violence, but I know that all Kenyans are not defined by their tribes like you try to insinuate.

    If your tribe defines you, its only you and a few like you, who are in that predicament. The rest of us Kenyans dont care whether another is a Kikuyu or Luo or Luhya or Meru, he or she is a human being and Kenyan as much as I or you.

    You seem to have a good command of language; you’re better suited to engage in nation-building activities rather than your current divisive discourse.

  28. hadassah
    December 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Well, KE, my sympathies. And no, Uhuru does not sound like an incompetent drunk–Michuki knows this. I’m just worried that the Luos will get isolated.

  29. QQ
    December 16, 2010 at 6:43 am

    In my humble opinion, you seem VERY biased. You seem to have done very little research,mish mashed some opinions, and presented them as truth. That is unforgivable. Ati Uhuru Kenyatta is innocent because he was ‘defending Kikuyus’ Sending an insane army of machete wielding maniacs to chop down, pillage and rape, is NOT something to defend OR applaud. Shame on you.

  30. Grace
    December 16, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I totally disagree with you on the part where you say that the violence in the Rift Valley was absolutely planned. They knew that ODM was definitely winning(This was rather obvious anyway)and so how could they plan for such a violence. So, does it mean that if Raila had won still the violence would have occurred? No way.

    The violence broke out due to anger and disappointment as a result of what turned out.

  31. amos
    December 16, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Mr.
    ,
    A few thing need righting here:
    1.There is NO majority ethnicity in kenya.NONE.The Kikuyu nation(i despise the word tribe,it is derogatory)comprises some 22% of kenya.It amazes me how the word majority takes a different meaning in kenya.Don’t push the meaning of words and consult a reputable dictionary next time you attempt english.
    2.Neither you nor me were privy to the shenanigans surrounding the election in 2007,so you cannot purport to claim that X or Y won(forget about Z,he had no chance).Analysis based on imaginary percentages of ethnicities in the population to explain results shows you clearly were the student who always slept in math class.
    3.You seem to have a visceral hatred of certain ethnicities viz.luos.You elevate your own and relegate others to well nigh animal status.You are therefore a bigot.We do not need you anywhere in kenya.The fight in 2007 was the refusal by a large range of ethnicities to reclaim their dignity and pride in being kenyans because the economic cake was being baked by all and eaten by the fattest kid(that’s the bitter,sad truth),but they chose the wrong path:violence.And retaliation is not right either.So 2 wrongs do not make a right.

    Comprendez monsieur entrepreneur?
    Rearrange your philosophy and treat your fellow amn with dignity.
    Au revoir.

  32. DC
    December 16, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Thanks for your article, it gave me a lot of amusement. I think some Africans will never understand Africa, and I fear you are one of them !

  33. MZEIYA
    December 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    KE,

    I just read a single sentence in your analysis without reading the entire article, so forgive me if I assume some things, I’ll just base my comments on the line where u say or ask why Ocampo has left Raila alone despite it being him who is suspected of instigating the violence.

    Well, I don’t think you understand this man Ocampo, I don’t know him too well, but there has to be a reason he has the job that he’s currently holding. This dude is SMART!….He knows that directly targeting the principals i.e Obaks and Raila as the main suspects will cause alot of problems within kenya and will further harden kenya’s stance toward the ICC. So what does he do?, he picks names of people who are likely to “talk” and take pleas. It’s true, some names were unlikely like Muthaura, even he himself was shocked as well a sthe country. Muthauta and Hussein Ali obviously had to run their actions via kibaki, just as Ruto and Kosgey(odm chairman) had to run their murderous plans via raila. The suspects are bait to give up the two main guys.

    TRUST ME KE, Westerners DO UNDERSTAND Africa, they’re not stupid, and that’s why they pillage the continenet and encourage us to look at ourselves as kikuyu, luo, kalenjin. Saying that they don’t understand africa is very very incorrect, they do, and that’s why they let us destroy ourselves.The White man is not a very good man, if u lived in the west you’d know that

  34. A Kenyan
    December 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    It is because of people like you that Kenya is the way it is… Let me guess you are A Kikuyu? I can tell just by reading the article and seeing where your biases lie..

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