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There was peace before 'madoadoa', 'gachurie' set in

17 October 2013, 13:15

The Hague - The fourth ICC witness in the case against Deputy President William Ruto Wednesday told court that Kikuyus and Kalenjins coexisted peacefully until they started referring to each other as ‘madoadoa’ and ‘gachuri’.

The main bone of contention was land, according to the witness, and also the source of the derogatory term ‘madoadoa’ which Ruto was consistently using to refer to the Kikuyus in the run up to the 2007 elections. Kikuyus owned large parcels of land in Langas, The Standard reports, which originally belonged to members of the Kalenjin ethnic community.

This, according to the testimony given by witness 376, is what led to the animosity against the Kikuyus, thus fueling the violence that occurred just before and immediately after the elections. The situation was made worse by the belief that Mwai Kibaki of PNU rigged the elections to emerge the winner. Most Kikuyus were PNU supporters.

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