Memo to nationalists: You are only tilting at windmills, the bell has already tolled for Kenya

Nasa leaders and supporters at a rally in Kibra, Nairobi on November 5. The leaders have been pushing for formation of People’s Assemblies, a move seen to promote secession. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Two specific facts make fervent Kenyan nationalism ironic, one historic, the other prospective.
  • As soon as the Kenyan lot moved into Muthaiga and acquired a settler farm or two, the lofty Pan-Africanist visions vanished.
  • One of the most important features of the bureaucratic edifice of the nation-state is raising revenue.

There are few things that offend the sensibilities of nationalists than the suggestion that their beloved nation-states are neither sacrosanct nor immortal, yet this is an incontrovertible fact.

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