Chapter one

KIKUYU Vs KALENJIN

These  two communities  have had a checkered history in terms of their relations. Their leaders started off in different political parties at independence, with Kenyatta (Kikuyu) in KANU and Moi (Kalenjin) in KADU. The communities had  somehow strained relations  due to this difference.

However, after KADU joined KANU, the relations between the two communities soon normalized until early 1990s due to the detention of Mr. Matiba and Mr. Rubia followed by the resignation of Kibaki and other Kikuyu leaders from the government.

The clashes of 1992 and 1997 helped matters none. Members of one community considered the other community monsters and vice versa.

With the ‘Uhuru project 2002’, there was a reversal of the ‘change -the- constitution-movement scenario. The kikuyu community was split between Kibaki and Uhuru with Kikuyus from the larger Kiambu supporting Uhuru and majority of the remaining kikuyu region supporting Kibaki. The ‘change -the- constitution- movement of the 1960s had been supported by Kikuyus from Kiambu while the rest were against it. It is note worthy that only the 2002 general election that was clash-free  since 1992.

The disagreements between the NAK and LDP over the MOU, followed by the heated political debates, culminating  in the 2005 Referendum extremely soured the relations between the two communities. This state of affairs was carried on and heightened during the contested 2007 presidential elections.

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