Me thinks the “#nyeri women” stereotyping %&$# is political! @Martha_w_karua

As they say, if a dog bites you it’s not news, but if you bite a dog, then, that’s news! Women have been battered in Kenya, and indeed all over the world  for centuries and it’s taken as “normal”. A few men are battered in nyeri and it trends, not only on social  media, but also on mainstream media in kenya.

I’m not condoning Domestic violence, irrespective of the perpetrators and victims, but the hype created over the whole “nyeri women” saga smacks of a hidden agenda.

This stereotype on how “nyeri women” sit on their husbands has been there for as long as “Wangu wa makeri” myth. The myth is that long long ago in the Kikuyu culture women used to rule, and that they were cruel towards men. The myth goes on to single out a particularly cruel leader(queen) who to literally sat on men’s backs! Her name was wangu wa makeri.

This myth became so popular within Kenya during the first term of president kibaki when his wife was deemed “too aggressive” through her decision to be actively involved in the issues of the day instead of being a mere flower in kibaki’s presidency. This “wangu wa makeri” was hyped up so much to the extent that it was common practice for Kenyans to routinely state that they are ruled by a woman, yet they elected her husband!

The current “nyeri women” stereotype is rearing it’s ugly head now when a constitutional  amendment  to settle the issue of women inclusion in politics is before Parliament. It is also interesting times considering that there is a strong woman, in the name of one Martha Karua,  contesting for the presidency.

My take on this “nyeri  women” hype is that it’s purposely being pushed by some people  to poison men’s minds against women in leadership.

Thanks to the prevailing idea that leader means man, women and men in Kenya voted for men who now populate the Parliament in which the amendments to accommodate women in politics will be done. Many of those men will be hard pressed to do something in favour of women.

Given that women politicians are actually voted in by men (women vote for men), Martha Karua will have her core constituency (men) fleeing in droves. Being a kerinyaga, considered by many part of the Kikuyu  (nyeri women are Kikuyu) complicates her presidential quest in more ways than ten.
Only Kikuyu tribe want another Kikuyu presidency after Kibaki. The rest of the Kenyan tribes feel that the Kikuyu has monopolized the presidency for so long, and to quote a certain Havard graduate, one Kiraitu, they would “vote in a dog” from any other tribe other than a kikuyu.

As a Kikuyu myself, I believe the Kikuyu would thrive better without the yoke of the presidency on our necks. I’ll say this ad infinitum: the shortcut to preventing another bout of post election violence in Kenya, and it’s attendant social resentment, is for the Kikuyu to stop this obsessive quest for the presidency for at least one term, and support a person  from another tribe for the presidency.

The counter-arguments are that the Kikuyu have the Democrat rights to run for the presidency and that we deserve to rule this country by virtue of the role the Kikuyu played in the emancipation of the country from colonialism.

In light of the social implications of a Kikuyu presidency to the Kikuyu as a tribe, these arguments are like sieves: they don’t hold much water.

Unless women in Kenya somehow change and decide to vote for women, The odds are so staked against Martha Karua that she doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of making it to the presidency!          


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One Response to “Me thinks the “#nyeri women” stereotyping %&$# is political! @Martha_w_karua”

  1. Free dating Nigeria Says:

    You cannot call that stereotyping political. This is happening in real life and people are just having fun. Madam should have a sense of humor

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