A fortnight ago, a friend wanted me to translate a Facebook post in Dholuo for them. It turned out it had been posted on my page and warned me against marrying a Kikuyu girl after what had happened to the pilot of the chopper that crashed in Nakuru and rugby player Mike Okombe.
The hundreds of comments below it all urged me to take the two cases as a cautionary tale and not marry outside the community. Many supporters of Nasa’s Resist campaign have added “resisting Njeri” as one of the tenets and it is almost dismissed as a joke.
The first of the Hutu commandments outlawed relations with Tutsi women and we all know how that ended.
“Every Hutu should know that a Tutsi woman, whoever she is, works for the interest of her Tutsi ethnic group. As a result, we shall consider a traitor any Hutu who marries a Tutsi woman, befriends a Tutsi woman, or employs a Tutsi woman as a secretary or concubine,” it admonished.
Last week, a man who looks perfectly well adjusted in his profile picture inboxed the same Facebook page to insult me for comparing President Kenyatta to “an uncircumcised buffoon” in reference to Raila and declared that I, too, was “an uncircumcised kihii”.
I don’t know how he knows such intimate information or why he cares about what’s below the belt of other men but it is another popular school of thought.
Those who don’t agree with Nasa or don’t like any facts that cast Jubilee in poor light often refer to the minor surgery as qualification for being a man.
It has been popularised more recently by a Central Kenya MP seen within the community as a “defender of the kingdom” and I have told him how inflammatory his comments are.
Nearly 1 million people were killed in just 100 days after extremists weaponised minor tribal differences between the Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda.
It’s all fun and games until the Luo and Kikuyu start butchering each other about who is circumcised or who should be resisted and which political party they support.
What was once just a remote possibility is now a real fear, if recent events are anything to go by.
When The Night of Long Knives arrives and there is blood flowing down the streets, it won’t matter who said what because it will be too late to prosecute hate speech or to give empty platitudes. Be afraid.
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MUGABE FINALLY TOSSES IN THE TOWEL
Robert Mugabe’s greatest achievement at this point is not being dead. The man is approximately 3,000 years old and can still read a long, rambling speech with only a few errors. His Sunday night performance in front of the whole world was one for the history books, especially because he was expected to resign but did no such thing. Hours after ZANU-PF removed him as its party leader and expelled his wife, Grace, he talked about moving forward, agriculture and presiding over an upcoming party congress.
All the international news networks carried the entire speech live, expecting that he would announce his resignation at some point but he clearly wasn’t intent on leaving just yet. In any case, he has been presidenting for 37 years and he has evidently learnt a thing or two when he wasn’t sleeping through official occasions. He was surrounded by fat military seniors and that was the confirmation for a lot of people that they were, indeed, in charget.
“You have to remember that Gushungo’s mother lived to be 104,” a friend told me months ago. But history caught up with him yesterday and Gashungo finally threw in the towel.
PRESIDENT KENYATTA MEETS MOI
On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta “paid a courtesy call” on retired President Daniel arap Moi. They had lunch at the former president’s Kabarak home in Nakuru, according to a statement.
We weren’t given any more context, apart from a picture Baringo Senator Gideon Moi later shared. He was standing on the steps of the house in conversation with his father’s political mentee. People read a lot in the images, considering the timing and the existing political environment.
The Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, perhaps captured what many might have been thinking. “With Kenya’s Supreme Court about to rule on legitimacy of recent controversial election, and as violence threatens, why would Kenyatta choose now to visit his autocratic predecessor?” he asked on Twitter.
Maybe the president just happened to be in Nakuru and wanted to drop in on one of the only two living people who have had his job. Or maybe not, who knows?