Chapter seven

KALENJINS Vs. AKAMBAS

These two communities do not possess a history of any bad blood between them. This is attributable to their ‘liberal’ politics. Like their Luhya brothers, at the most heated political events, they always have some leaders in the opposition and others in the government. The only time this ‘magic formula’ didn’t work was after the acrimonious split of the ODM family and the eventual presidential candidature of Kalonzo Musyoka. Even then, Charity Ngilu tried to be a liberal by joining ODM while the likes of Kalembe Ndile and Prof. Kivutha Kibwana were batting for Kibaki’s side. However, Kalonzo‘s ‘wiper’ wave proved too strong for the ‘liberals’ to make an impact.

The relationship between Kalenjins and Kambas is much like the one between the Kalenjins and Kikuyus, only that it is not physical since they do not border each other. The liberal Kamba wing spearheaded by Ngilu is however hard at work to try and even things out, whether it succeeds is anyone’s guess.

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