Kenya: Tribes Against Political Tribalism

When I was a kid about seven, eight years old. I could lay on the grass, watch the moon and the star, slid in the mud and play with other kids regardless of their tribes. That was a good life, but today, life goes like a bullet, too fast. But now since am a little bit older different subject.

Kenya is one of the most unique nation in Africa. It is a home to 42 tribes and our diverse culture is a blessing from God. For over a half a century years ago, our founding fathers brought fourth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all Kenyan are created equal. As days makes weeks, we have experienced some of the most devastating clashes based on our political affiliation. The post election violence has given birth to more problem than solution, we have lost our loved ones, trauma and some of us have permanent scars that will forever remain with us until the day we meet our Maker. Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.

henry2About eight months ago, I walked in a company to look for a job, that is always the dream of most graduate but reality sometimes makes you re-think your believes. The Hr managers of that company took my CV and threw it in a dustbin just because my name belong to a particular tribe in this nation.

Tribe profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past action of those who look and sound like them.It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between the authorities and community they serve. If Kenya is to move forward, tribalism has no place in our nation discourse.

I have a dream that my unborn children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the tribe they come from but by the content of their character. I refuse to accept the view that Kenyan are so tragically bound to the starless midnight of political tribalism and clashes that bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood will never come a reality. I believe that unarmed truth will have the final word and we can all sing this part of our nation Anthem:

“O God of all creation,
Bless this our land and nation,
Justice be our shield and defender,
May we dwell in unity,peace and liberty,
Plenty be found within our borders.”

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great burden to bear. The question is, will you promote peace?


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