The Kalenjin community are very emotional and headstrong people and what may start out as a small disagreement can quickly blow up beyond all proportions and cause serious chaos.
that is why tensions have risen and political temperatures in the
country are recording new highs shortly after the president's visit to
Retired president Moi hailed from the community and
understood his people rather well. And that was the only reason why he
got out of a very tight situation during the last elections he
participated in for the presidency in 1997. Most Kenyans do not know it
but there was such strong bitterness and opposition against Moi (most
notably from the Nandi
sub-tribe of the Kalenjin) that Mwai Kibaki's campaign team in the Rift
Valley at one point recorded that massive votes for Kibaki could be
forthcoming from the province. Things got so bad at one point that Moi
was being openly booed and shouted down when he tried to campaign in
certain areas of the vast vote-rich and constituency-rich province.
Kibaki in sharp contrast was being wildly cheered.
were desperate and only won the day on voting day by telling the
Kalenjins the only thing at the time that would make them see red. They
told the people that Moi had resigned himself to losing to a Kikuyu who
would jail him (and maybe even hang him) alongside ALL prominent
Kalenjins (including the popular ones amongst the people) and the
suppression of the Kalenjin even in the Rift Valley would be unbearable.
That worked and the community trooped to polling stations on voting day
to vote Moi albeit grudgingly. Incidentally the same strategy was
in 2007 with the circulation of posters depicting Kalenjin leaders
lining up to be hanged by Raila (assuming he won the presidency). It did not work. One would have to be
very lucky to use the same trick successfully on the crafty Kalenjins.
back to the current woes deep within JUBILEE. What started out as a
clever strategy by URP to keep Ruto relevant has suddenly and
unexpectedly taken a new dangerous turn after the President's
unsuccessful tour of the Rift Valley. Somebody somewhere seems to have
taken some salt and rubbed it on old wounds of the folks in Rift Valley
and now even former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's name has emerged with
talk about a major fertilizer contract linked to a Raila company that
should have gone to URP people instead.
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