ICC AND PHILIP OCHIENG REVEALS KENYA’S TITANIC CLASH OF ELITES

This is why even with ICC hearings , Peace will be elusive in Kenya because of Historical Injustices concerning Land.

The current ICC proceedings are at their infancy stage but one thing is from sure , from the evidence being given by both sides , Kenya’s Post Election Violence was fueled by the interests of the Local Tribal Elites.It was a war between the Kikuyu Elite versus the Non Kikuyu Elite.

Yes, the hard truth of the matter is that Tribal Politics , which is the same as Racist and Religious Politics is something that is here to stay as long as we have tribes, races and religions.

The first batch of suspects, Mr Kosgey, Mr Ruto and Mr Sang at the ICC are all from the Kalenjin Community, thus representing the Non-Kikuyu Elite all of whom were on the ODM side.

The second batch of suspects to face the court are Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, Gen Hussein Ali and Mr Muthaura, representing the Kikuyu Elite which has the easiest access to State Power of all Kenya’s Tribal and Racial Elites.

One should remember as long us you do not own vast amount of property or political power in Kenya , you are not an Elite.So you maybe a Kikuyu but not an Elitist or Noble.

As you have seen Hussein Ali who is not a Kikuyu but did the bidding of the Kikuyu Elite.Noting that the Kikuyu people are not the same as the Kikuyu Elite.

Yet the Elite use and abuse their tribes or races to gain for themselves influence and sympathy. That is why the PEV Kikuyu , Luo and Kalenjin people died but the Elite of all those tribes remained alive.

Look at the former freedom fighters Lenana, Dedan Kimathi, Samoei and other nameless leaders .They died before their followers because they believed in their fight against the colonialists.Today they let their followers die for them because they do not believe anything but filling up their bank accounts.

POLITICAL POWER :THE KEY TO PUBLIC ECONOMIC POWER FOR THE ELITE Politics is about managing public property and this property includes first of all land and the economy. Politics is about organizing a community so as to achieve common goals.

When you have the key to political power you have direct access to public property even though the Constitution claims it belongs to the people .

So during the reign of President Kenyatta , the Kikuyu Elite came to power and amassed land wealth because of its closeness to Political Power.

Yet people forget that Kenya had the Asian Elite in place while Britain was still in control of Kenya. And the Asian Elite was and is more well placed than the Kikuyu Elite because they possessed their property legally, before them through the British Crown.

Not only did the Kikuyu Elite benefit but also the Maasai Elite who gained a lot of land because of their occupation of grazing which unlike crop farming is very expansive hence an easier way to get more acres.And also other Non Kikuyu Elite who were in power in Kenyatta’s and Moi’s government .

MONEY KNOWS NO TRIBE NOR DOES POWER DISCRIMINATE AGAINST TRIBE ..THEY SERVE YOU WELL IF YOU OWN THEM.

In comes President Moi and within no time a Kalenjin Elite was born showing you how powerful Presidential Power can be : you gain access to public property with ease hence become rich with ease.

Under all these regimes , Presidential Power was abused as it was employed to make a few selfish people rich at the expense of the public. Thus Kenya became private property when it is supposed to be public property.

These Elites will do anything to preserve and gain wealth . These Elites use anything to preserve and gain wealth—churches, media ignorance , poverty .In fact the more developed and educated the masses are the more dangerous it is for the elite.

They love it when they see people in Turkana begging for food because they look cheap to please .It is cheaper for them to bribe such for votes than someone who has a job.So Destructive Politics of no development is employed.

THE PEV of 2007- 2008 was a war between the Kikuyu Elite versus the Non Kikuyu Elite , with both Elite groups gaining support from different Foreign Elite who work for the New World Order-do not forget that.

Below, Philip Ochieng shows how presidents and politicians are puppets to their tribal elites and it will take God to have a leader who is not tied to his tribal elites. Blood is thicker than water.

Yet People are not animals and can think .They should think in the direction that there are greedy elite in all tribes who use politicians and the poor for their own greedy gain. They only care about Money but they use tribalism, racism, religion, patriotism to gain for themselves.

Kenyans should rise and say no more to this abuse by people who use others for their own gain to the point of shedding the blood of the innocent. If the ICC does not do justice , God will do it SWIFTLY because he values innocent blood and that was the blood that was shed in Kenya in 2007 -2008.

Arthur Owiti

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Below is an excerpt from an article by deceased Cynthia Salvadori found in a magazine called Old Africa  that examines the history of the relationship between Elites and the State in Kenya ; how the European Elitism was copied by President Kenyatta copied by President Moi copied by President Kibaki..They fuata (follow) the nyayo(footsteps) of the British Colonialists.

This is why even with ICC hearings , Peace will be elusive in Kenya because of Historical Injustices concerning Land.

EXCERPT

The fertile mainland near Lamu was cultivated by slaves belonging to the Arab/Swahilis living in that ancient port tow.

During the 19Th century the whole coastal strip had been the domain of the Sultan of Zanzibar so when , under British pressure, the Sultan agreed to abolish slavery, the plantations were abandoned. When the British leased the coastal strip from the Sultan, efforts were made to reestablish plantations with paid labour but not all were successful.

In 1974 the Kenyan government , led by President Kenyatta and dominated by Kikuyus , took over a failed cotton plantation centered at Mpeketoni in Lamu District .Its large and shallow lake was renamed Lake Kenyatta and the Lake Kenyatta Settlement Scheme , consisting of 3000 10 acre plots , was created and Kenyatta sent people, mainly but not exclusively Kikuyu, to farm there.

The upcountry settlers got title deeds to their plots while to this day the surrounding indigenous population have no title deeds to their shambas. This is an interesting parallel to the Soldier Settler Scheme created by the British at the end of World war 1 in the fertile central area of Kenya that became known as the Hiwte Highlands.

Since the native cattle population had been drastically reduced at the end of the 19th century by the inadvertent introduction of rinderpest, much of the vast expanses of grazing land used by the Maasai and other pastoral groups appeared vacant.The British Colonial government appropriated it, surveyed it into farms and ranches ranging from hundreds to thousands of acres and dished them out to their own tribe.The settlers got title deeds to their plots while their indigenous neighbours lived in undermacated Native Reserves.

Old Africa publishes many stories of how British settlers coped with farming in a strange and hostile enviroment; now at last we have astory of how a Kikuyu settler family half a century later did likewise…….

Stories from East Africa’s past Issue No36. August September 2011

We can’t offer new AG on the altar of ethnicity

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By PHILIP OCHIENG Posted Saturday, September 3 2011

My first impression of lawyer Githu Muigai was not positive. In a 1991 letter to me, as Editor of the Kenya Times, he demanded that I stop serialising a paper by Dr Maria Nzomo or face a court action. I rejected the threat because Dr Nzomo’s paper had been launched at a public function to which the media had been invited and during which copies had been given out freely. You do not invite the media to a function if you do not want it publicised.

Secondly, Dr Nzomo’s theme was of profound public interest — a deeply intelligent statement on the enduring problem of gender discrimination at public institutions. Because Mr Muigai never wrote back, I took it that he accepted my argument and advised his client appropriately — ili kazi iendelee.

Thereafter, I never again bumped into Githu Muigai. But, in private conversations, his name often came up (always softly and positively) following certain events linked to the Bar. Then, all of a sudden, a few months ago, the name burst forth like a supernova in the blue sky.

Even the detractors It was the President’s nomination of him as our next Attorney-General, and it triggered a veritable vortex of protest. Yet even the detractors testified to Prof Muigai’s academic qualifications, professional ability and social commitment. So why the hullabaloo? It was that both the appointing officer and his appointee were Kikuyu. The President was accused of flouting the law in order to commit something called “Kikuyu tribalism”.

In Kenya — as I said here recently — the noun “tribalist” has no meaning unless preceded by the adjective “Kikuyu”. In short, tribalism is committed only when a Kikuyu hires another Kikuyu — not when a Luo hires another Luo or a Luhya another Luhya or a Kalenjin another Kalenjin or a Mwingereza another Mwingereza. Nevertheless, I added the rider that this is the cross that the Kikuyu community as a whole must carry.

The Golgotha consists in that two of our three presidents since independence have been Kikuyu. And around these two has revolved a small mafia of Kikuyu individuals — venal, avaricious and ruthless in the extreme. Loot public property The point is that though the elites of other big communities have become just as felonious, they have never had such an opportunity to loot public property.

To hide their own growing rapacity and graft, these other cliques have invented the cock-and-bull story that the Kikuyu is a thief and a robber in his very genome. The question is: Will the Luo cabal behave any differently when Raila Odinga is president or the Kamba when Kalonzo Musyoka is president or the Mijikenda when Chirau Mwakwere is president or the Luhya when Moses Wetang’ula is president or the Maasai when James ole Kiyiapi is president or … but be that enough! For bigotry and corruption are ruling-class phenomena which spare no tribe.

To be sure, the leading members of the Kikuyu and Kalenjin communities have done much more harm to this country than have the leading members of the Luo, Luhya, Kamba and other big communities.

Greater opportunity

But if the Luo, Luhya and Kamba elites are relatively cleaner than the Kikuyu and Kalenjin elites, it is only because the latter elites have had a much greater opportunity to steal public property. In the nature of things, however, good individuals are extant in each community. That is why Mr Muigai’s “Kikuyuness” is irrelevant.

But, where the word “Kikuyu” has been so blackened, if the appointing officer is a conscientious Kikuyu, he will be delicately sensitive to these anti-Kikuyu prejudices and not appoint Kikuyus in a manner that raises eyebrows.

And, if his appointee is a Kikuyu, he will seek to prove his individual mettle against the many negative political and ethnic forces that will converge upon him.

But, if Mr Muigai has the tools, we cannot sacrifice him on the altar of ethic correctness.

ochiengotani@ke.nationmedia.com

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