The big picture in Narok crisis

What you need to know:

  • The county accounts for 13 per cent of the country’s total high potential land, the same as the five old Central Province counties combined. Excluding Narok, the rest of the Rift Valley is now as land-poor as the rest of the country.
  • Education and family planning then kicked in, reducing the fertility rate (number of births per woman) sharply in the 80s and 90s. Contrary to popular imagination, the much lamented dearth of children in the region is not because the men are failing in their conjugal duties but because educated women seldom want seven children.
  • There is much reluctance, including complete denial sometimes, of the resource dimension of political violence. In part, this is to maintain the constitutional fiction that Kenyans can live, own property and exercise their political rights anywhere in the republic and that the state can guarantee the exercise of these rights.

What could be going on in Narok County? If you rely on radio, TV and daily papers, you may have concluded that power politics is at play and leaders behaving badly as usual. True. But why? There is more to the conflict simmering in Narok than meets the eye and it has been coming for a while, writes David Ndii.


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