Chapter six

KALENJIN Vs LUHYA

These two communities have lived in relative peace for the greater part of the life of independent Kenya. However, things came into a head in the 1990s when a lot of Luhya leaders joined FORD. This was followed by the 1992/1997 clashes which affected those who lived at the boarders of the two communities.

During the 2002 general elections, most Luhya leaders rooted for NARC and the relations of the two communities became a bit tense. This however was neutralized by the presence of Musalia Mudavadi in Moi’s government.

After the fallout over the MOU, the Luhyas went back to their liberal politics; some sticking with Kibaki’s side and a chunk following the Orange wave through the referendum and eventually to the 2007 general elections.

It is note worthy that due to their liberal democratic tendencies, it has proved hard for one to wholly ‘hate’ them or even convince them to wholly ‘hate’ another tribe just because its leaders are in government.

They still were some skirmishes along the boarders of the two communities in 2007 elections, probably because their Kalenjin neighbors considered them “Not anti-government enough”.

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