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Political trends in Kenya similar to those in Animal Farm

23 June 2014, 13:31 Evans Munga

Nairobi - The political tantrums being witnessed in Kenya can be equated fairly and squarely to scenarios recorded in Animal Farm.

While depicting power struggle and superiority amongst the “animals in the kingdom” in his novel, George Orwell notes, “What keeps on mutating is the forests but the monkeys are very same”. If one can contextualize the political trends in Kenya, there is no doubt that they fit in George’s example.

Politicians are always changing parties and re-branding with the shenanigans that sell to the electorates who are so hypnotized along tribal lines. They (politicians) are always on a mission to use the ‘tribe’ as collateral in the so called ‘political mortgage market’.  And the masses are left fighting in the name of the tribe or party.

A tweet by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen underpins my argument. “Many people forget Uhuru, Kalonzo & Wetangula were in PNU the other day while Ruto, Raila and Duale ODM not so long ago.”

Kenyans are peaceful people and time is ripe time for us to liberate ourselves from the alter of ethnicity and stand up with one accord to say NO to ethnic profiling.

It is our responsibility as citizens of Kenya to defend our diversity and redirect the route which leads to negative ethnicity and balkanization.

The political class is always taking the collective coexistence of peaceful Kenyans for granted; they perpetuate ethnic incitements and at the back door they wine and dine together.

We have a duty as good citizens of Kenya to reject empty politics with the contempt it deserves. We can do so with the power of public opinion and stand to uphold the values enshrined under Article 10 of our constitution and paralyze tribal warlords before they became superhuman.

It is the Indian nationalist Raja who said, “If the education you have received over time does not enter your mind and change the way you view things, then it’s like a shirt you wear in the morning and remove in the evening.”

Kenyans have been fooled by politicians for far too long: the political coup of 1992, the political clashes of 1997, 2002 and 2007. We have learned the hard way and we are prepared to do what is right by uniting and building a united Kenya.

Conversations on social media via #tribekenya are really amazing and encouraging; patriotic Kenyans sharing their peace messages and reminding fellow Kenyans of our past mistakes and how we have reformed, and more than ever united to confront the common enemy of negative Ethnicity.

We can stand as one Kenya, one tribe as we have always done when faced with heinous acts of terror,  such as the Westgate attack.

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