I acknowledge that many of the good folks who leave comments in this blog are smarter than I am. And so I will be regularly re-posting some of the best comments from each post I make to highlight the words of wisdom from many commentators here and give them more visibility.
- By Mwarangethe-
Anyone who has spent a few hours reading history will tell you this:
- THERE IS NO PURE TRIBE or RACE.
As a matter of fact, there is no pure Gikuyu/Gema and no pure Mzungu.
People have all kinds of blood in them from past ages. Even the most die hard racist has all of blood he "hates."
As such, to think that, people are tribalists or racist because they have pure blood is not true and is not even the issue.
Even if you wiped all tribes, men would reconstitute these "tribes" under many schemes like:
- nobles and knights,
- exclusive clubs,
- secret societies,
- football clubs (AFC v Gor Mahia), Manchester V Arsenal, Celtic v....
- families (House of, v House of ...etc etc.
Men are what they are. They are what they are because, this world is COMPETITION.
This being so, those who ARE WISE, know that, you cannot win alone. As such, you COMBINE with others who share somethings with you, be it in terms of religion (Ireland as an example), language, culture, families, clans, football clubs, etc, to win the competition.
More so, man being what he is, when his NATURAL ASSOCIATIONS like clans, tribes, families are BROKEN by violent means, as happened in Kenya, men will eventually, go back to those NATURAL ASSOCIATIONS whether you like it or not.
In fact, this is exactly what is happening in Kenya right now. The only question is:
- shall we be wise enough to handle the reversion to old associations in a mature manner or,
- we shall be foolish to use force to cement the broken egg?
NB: Have you see what is happening in Mombasa?
In Somalia, when the colonial State broke down into NATURAL ASSOCIATIONS of Somalis (clans), instead of them accepting that fact, and use the FEDERATIVE principle, some of the clans schemed how to put all the clans back into one tyrannical bottle again. The consequence? 20 years of war.
NB: In Libya, it shall also, break up into its ancient states/elements dating to the Roman times. And, if some of them try to put the egg back, there will be violence.
NB: Check Iraq, Congo, Sudan, Yugoslavia, USSR, India etc.
We may even add, check France (Basque), Spain (Catalan), Texas (USA), Canada (Quebec) and even Italy south and North divide.
It may take time, but, the egg will fall apart sooner or later. Things are what they are, or, It is the Nature of Things.
NB: Within these clans, families and tribes, there is also, fierce competition going on.
This being the ESTABLISHED historical evidence since the STONE AGE, the BEST we can do is:
- adopt a FEDERATIVE PRINCIPLE in "uniting" these tribes and stop using force. If some want to leave, let them leave.
For instance, the Kikuyu's alone are more than Danish and Swedish population, so, they can form their state called:
- Mungiki United State of Nyumba Ya Mumbi, if they want.
Finally, Chris, can you tell us this:
- What will a Gikuyu gain by voting a Luo into presidency because, presidency is not a flower girl thing?