… part 1.



Kenyans forget easily, oh yes we do. Just the other day we were busy ranting about our rights, the rights of the IDP’s, the right to have the people behind the post election violence taken to ICC for trials. We were all glued to the television crossing our fingers that ICC would even make them stay there as they waited for the hearings. We were so bitter, especially after we saw the images of those who lost their lives, those who were left homeless, those who were crippled off their property and sense of living. Yes Kenyans we forget easily.

The 2007-2008 post election violence was a humanitarian crisis whose death toll from the violence was around 800 and up to 600,000 people displaced, all this including 35 people who were burnt in a church. If you follow up the stem of this violence you will realize that it is all centered on ethnicity wars. Yes all the 42 tribes in Kenya fighting against each other just to ensure that the leaders we so voted for stay in power and those who belonged to the tribes of the leaders who rigged the elections were terminated. This war was all done by us, civilians, and no leader was seen throwing stones, we stupidly took to the streets, villages and killed each other just because of tribal issues, while those who perpetrated, called the shots, sat back in their lavish television rooms and watch the war erupt. This takes me back, way back.

BOSNIA- In 1992-1995 we had the genocide in Bosnia committed by Serb forces Srebrenica, with an intention to do away with the Muslim.  The intensified aggressive acts by the Serbian and Montenegrin forces to acquire more territories by force ,were  characterized by systematic violations of human rights which included killing all the men, and children then having the Muslim women work for the Serbs as their servants. They were raped and if they tried to escape killed on site, all this in pursuit of the abhorrent policy of ETHNIC CLEANSING.

RWANDA- Following independence in 1962, the Hutu majority seized power and reversed the roles, oppressing the Tutsis through systematic discrimination and acts of violence. As a result, over 200,000 Tutsis fled to neighboring countries and formed a rebel guerrilla army, the Rwandan Patriotic Front. This rebel army invaded Rwanda and forced Hutu President Juvenal Habyalimana into signing an accord which mandated that the Hutus and Tutsis would share power. Ethnic tensions in Rwanda were significantly heightened in October 1993 upon the assassination of Melchior Ndadaye, the first popularly elected Hutu president of neighboring Burundi. Up to 800,000 Tutsis were killed by Hutu militia using clubs and machetes, with as many as 10,000 killed each day.

Darfur conflict has been termed as genocide one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the 21st century. Over 2.5 million civilians displaced and death toll has reached to 400,000. The mass killings were done by the ‘JANJAWEED’ an army in Darfur. The war was aimed at doing away with the blacks and only remaining with the Arabs. The Janjaweed raided villages, killed men, raped women then killed them, they burnt children in huts, and mercilessly killed new born babies. Lucky young boys would be taken to the Janjaweed camps and trained as soldiers.

The Rwandan genocide, the Bosnian genocide and the Darfur war are just but examples of conflicts that emerged due to ethnic differences, if not racial and religion discrimination. In my opinion that is where Kenya will head if we do not stop tribal talks that fire up political alliances. The PEV in 2007-2008 was all because of tribal and ethnicity differences. The accused political figures behind the post election violence are still pursuing the seat that caused a lot of blood shed for the civilians some of  whom had no idea of what was happening, this being the children who lost their lives ,homes ,relatives, and ended up being injured with no one to take care of them.

Yes we cried , yes we made protests against the so offenders, but hey, here we are yet again campaigning for the same people that we campaigned for to go to Hague. Yes Kenyans we do forget fast, and yes forgive and forget, forgive 77 times 7 times, as my Messiah said, but don’t you think that all the wisdom we had is all going to the drain we are doing it all again, repeating the same same thing, political alliances being formed, NO!! TRIBAL POLITICAL ALLIANCES BEING FORMED ALL OVER AGAIN. Yes we forget fast.

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