Kenya is a cruel marriage, it’s time we talk divorce

Deputy President William Ruto addresses a crowd in Kericho on February 17, 2016. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The first was a decision by Jomo Kenyatta’s Kanu’s administration after independence that wealth was more important than people.
  • The transition to multiparty politics afforded the Opposition leaders opportunity to set the country on a different political trajectory.
  • Kibaki tore up the political covenant, tribalised the government and went back to the post-independence doctrine of wealth above all else.
  • The Kibaki administration’s belligerence and political thuggery brought the country to the brink of civil war.

A decade ago, Prof Bethuel Ogot, one of the country’s towering intellectuals, pronounced the “Kenya project” dead. Kenya has never been a more distant idea than it is now at the beginning of the 21st Century. Nationalism is dead, replaced by sub-nationalism. The tribe has eaten the nation. A few years ago, the country exploded into an orgy of political violence.

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