Chapter five

KALENJINS Vs LUO

These two communities started off in normal friendly terms, a situation which lasted until the 1982 coup attempt when Raila Odinga was detained and Oginga Odinga placed under house arrest. However, the relations between the two communities improved when Raila led his NDP party into a merger with KANU.

This arrangement did not last and there was a major fallout between the two leaders over project Uhuru. Raila Odinga led some KANU leaders into government and into the opposition through the rainbow coalition. This did affect the two communities’ relations.

Following the fallout of Raila and Kibaki over the MOU, Ruto and Moi joined Raila and campaigned for the Orange in the referendum. This brought the two communities back together, and together they campaigned for the ODM in the 2007 general elections despite spirited efforts by the former president Moi to divert them towards PNU.

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