In Summary
  • Talking of tribalism and negative ethnicity, Mr Musyoka appears to have some obsession with that sort of thing.

  • Mr Musyoka has also in the past been accused of being a vindictive man.

  • Kitui Governor Mrs Charity Ngilu was once quoted as summarising Mr Musyoka politics to be all about “myself, me and I!”

Politicians are a peculiar lot which is why, at times, they are able to see — or is it create — things some of us ordinary mortals don’t see.

Take, for instance, remarks made by Mr Kalonzo Musyoka last week that the level of ethnic hatred has got to unprecedented levels never before seen in Kenya since independence! Really?

I live in a neighbourhood where Kenyans from as many ethnic backgrounds live. I can testify that so far I have not seen anything to suggest there is ethnic hatred arising from choices individual Kenyans made in the last elections.

As usual, our spouses who are from different communities are still attending their Saturday chama meetings. Our children are still going to same Sunday School and attending birthday parties in the neighbour’s house. Elsewhere, jua-kali artisans from different ethnic backgrounds are still doing their thing at Gikomba market, and so far, there have been no reports of ethnic tension among them.

Actually, there are many cross-ethnic weddings scheduled to take place  throughout the country.

TRIBALISM

Talking of tribalism and negative ethnicity, Mr Musyoka appears to have some obsession with that sort of thing. If you doubt it, ask one Kennedy Murithi, a journalist with QTV (and later NTV).

On April 24, 2014, Mr Murithi attended a press conference called by the Cord coalition party and addressed by, among others, Mr Musyoka.

As any journalist would do, Mr Murithi sought to know from the opposition leaders what they were doing to keep the government of the day in check.

The conversation went on like this:

Reporter:  “All you’re saying is what is wrong with the government. But you’re not providing alternative leadership as the opposition (Cord). You’re not saying this is wrong. This is how it should be done.

Mr Musyoka: “You know young man, you’re entitled to asking, first I didn’t even get your name.”

Reporter: “My name is Kennedy Murithi from Nation Media Group.”

WALKED AWAY

Mr Musyoka: “Thank you Murithi, that name betrays it all. I have nothing else to say. Absolutely, I have nothing to say.”

At a personal level, I have had two occasions to get an idea of how Mr Musyoka sees these things of tribalism. One of them was in July 2013 in the private office of Mr Raila Odinga who had granted me an interview. At the time, I was Special Projects Editor with the People Daily newspaper. As the interview with Mr Odinga went on, Mr Musyoka suddenly walked in.

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