Ethnic paranoia, elite conspiracy and the ‘mottled offspring’ of past injustices 

Mithika Linturi

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi (centre) inside a police car at Kaptembwo Police Station Nakuru on January 9, 2022 after being arrested in Eldoret over utterances he made at a political rally.

Photo credit: Cheboite Kigen | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The urgency of efforts to revive ethnic consciousness and tribal paranoia is telling.
  • Deleting madoadoa from the dictionary will not undo the atrocious injustices the elite has meted on us since 1964. 

Colonial settlement commenced a system transferring landlessness within and among communities. Settlers occupied endless tracts of the choicest parts of Kenya, while native peasants were squeezed into inhospitable portions. This process started in Central Kenya and spread westwards, engulfing the country in a pall of anguish.


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