Chapter three


HISTORICALLY, these two communities  have interacted in relative peace  for long with the result that they have even borrowed a lot of cultural content from each other. There were, however, cases of raids from both communities.

The lack of conflict can largely be attributed to the fact that the political leadership of the Maasai community rarely got confrontational in search of national political power. All this changed with the 1992 and 1997 tribal clashes which were largely instigated by political leaders.

Having co-existed for so long, it appears a lot of persuasion by political leaders is required  for the Maasai community to take up arms against the Kikuyu. This is exemplified by the fact that during the 2007 post election violence ,they just reluctantly  got into the fray.


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