As we approach the general elections, there is one disturbing issue that most Kenyans are aware of but do not want to talk about. Or can I say, dare not talk about.
Over the last few days, readers of this blog and visitors from a neighbouring country have openly discussed this issue of how they relate to each other. The comments have shocked and alarmed many, but they have reflected the true picture of exactly what citizens of the two nations feel about each other. I am confident that from all the hurt feelings and charged emotions, Kenyans and Tanzanians can now begin to find a new way to relate to each other free of any hypocrisy.
While that spirit is still alive in this blog, I think it is only fair that we Kenyans look inwards and start to tackle an equally thorny issue (which our neighbours have mentioned again and again in their comments on Kenyans).
This is the way Luos relate to Kikuyus. It is widely believed that the members of these two tribes hate each other. Is this true? And if so why?
Regular readers of this blog will know that I happen to be (very happily) married to a Kikuyu beauty (tena from the heart of Kiambu, am I a total man or what?) and therefore I have had the privilege of observing the house of Mumbi from very close quarters. I will speak my mind in the coming days.
I also happened to have been born in Kisumu (although I am not from the Dholuo tribe). One of the closest and best friends I ever had was a Luo. We were very close and he happened to have also married from the house of Mumbi, a marriage that cost him his life (more on that later). I will however not spare the Luos either.
I think this background qualifies me to be a good observer and referee in this blog. My fellow Kenyans, what can we do to solve this national crisis that everybody pretends does not exist?
This Luo-Kikuyu thing, if allowed to continue will always impact negatively on the politics of the nation. I firmly believe that it needs to be addressed, let us start by honestly telling the rest of Kenya why it exists.
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