What a bunch of hypocrites Kenyans are? Results from Kilgoris and Wajir in last week’s by-elections captured the brand of cheap ETHNIC/CLAN based politics we stand for but shamelessly deny and condemn. The general reactions couched in bravado and chest thumbing aptly exposed how entrenched PRIMITIVE TRIBALISM is among Kenyans. The rabid ethnic gloating trashes all the colourful suggestion people often list here as blueprints to realize vision 2030.
Kenyans remain unrivalled masters of SELF DECEPTION. We only mouth objective platitudes when it serves our selfish agenda. Like warthogs in no time we shamelessly retreat to our egocentric shells once the coast is clear. What is more, we readily don the victimhood gab anytime we are confronted by a challenge that demands focused and selfless sacrifice.
Both PNU and ODM were the losers in Kilgoris and Wajir North. Instead negative ethnicity and clanism respectively won both seats. The Masaais were reminded to protect their tuff and resist domination. In effect the monster we have fed will promptly come for our won heads soon. Simply put the by-elections exemplified both TRIBALISM and DECEPTION as our national forte. We have inadvertently massacred all our pretence to national integration and cohesion. Otherwise what do you make of one gloating on how Ntimama has lost his grip on Masaai kingship because he supported a Kipsigis if not taking full dose of the poisoned chalice we have been ridiculing albeit at lip service level?
Just extrapolate the glee and brinkmanship to the counterfactual (what if?) scenario that awaits the IDPs when the Kipsigis go back HOME and demand their ancestral land back. By these belligerent actions we are latently manufacturing the best recipe for continued tribal tension within our borders. And shamelessly enough we are the first people to cry wolf when the monster we zealously created mutates and come baying for our collective blood. We have immaculately made the bed and must lie on it.
Illusions and visions
Even lies need some sheen of intelligence to fly and fiction must be made plausible to sell. For example the brand of DECEPTION and FRAUD then was deceitfully packaged to portray Esther Passaris as an ODM mole planted to advance a tribal agenda. All the unqualified attacks on the personal character of Passaris was a poor distraction from issues that betrayed our patriarchal mindset. Nobody bothered to dissect the political agenda and difference between Passaris and Waititu. Well, the devil is in the details and who cares provided plastic kites can be flown higher even if the skies only prove to be distance separating the nose from the mouth.
It may sound like a stuck record but until and unless we confront the national cancer that is TRIBALISM we are engaging in circular motions soothed in ego trips. Only a HONEST national retrospection will suffice. We may delude ourselves with all the clever antics to trivialize weighty issues oblivious of the truth that all such efforts only succeed in steadily steering us to the jaws of self destruction.
It is our national past time to selectively blame our politicians oblivious of the fact that they embody our selfish personal ideals. We are only cheating ourselves with pseudo slogans of national unity when all we aspire for is to dominate and ridicule others. No wonder our leaders take cue and launch all colourful visions which they mean to make ILLUSIONS. I rather the unsophisticated Ndile anytime over such scoundrels.