Is ‘one wing of the Govt’ fueling Laikipia violence?


Chaos Erupt In Laikipia As Locals Clash With Herders
Joseph Mutua Ndonga
mutuandonga@yahoo.com

Worth Noting:

  • This explains why one of the candidates has been buying the loyalty of greedy, broke and rent-seeker MPs. This candidate has refused to be subjected to lifestyle audit.
  • After winning the 2013 presidential election, did Uhuru commit a blunder of bringing DP close to him? In my view, he didn’t. We know at the time DP was enjoying support of many Kenyans drawn from the two communities of the Kikuyu and Kalenjin which had voted as a bloc for the duo. So, Uhuru risked becoming a one-term president if he abandoned him.
  • The DP and his brigade have been playing a political card that Uhuru could not have won the elections of 2013 and 2017 without DP’s support. They are using it to seek public sympathy specifically from the Kikuyus. Initially the DP came out openly to remind them that they owe him a debt. He has changed the tack and his allies drawn from Mount Kenya region are now passing this message.

Sometimes back, Makau Mutua, a renowned professor of law at the University of New York and chairman of Kenya Human Rights Commission [KHRC], wrote an opinion piece in Sunday Nation article titled “Uhuru, Ruto, who is in charge?”. He rightly argued when the two leaders took the reign of power in 2013 they shared the government equally at 50-50 basis.

An outsider would think Uhuru was fully in charge. This was not the case but as provided in the constitution, he was seen as controlling the formal instruments of power that most Kenyans see. Those understanding the workings of the government would agree that the DP was also calling the shot in the government, Makau reiterated. I fully concurred with him.

However, I knew the allies of DP would politicize this matter. Listen to this. The President threw him under the bus when shook hands with opposition leader Raila Odinga and later elevated cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi to chair the National Development Coordination and Implementation committee of the cabinet.

For me, the President’s action was for the good of the country. When the DP was in charge of that docket, there was nothing much to show on ground. Some key projects had stalled, and shoddy work was being done on others.

However, this did not mean the DP lost his powers. He had appointed his relatives, close friends and cronies to serve in key dockets within civil service and security agencies. Most of them are still holding these positions as the law required them to leave when they attain the retirement age. Again, the 2010 constitution which drastically whittled down the powers of the President was shielding them.

Unlike in the past when parliament played no role, the MPs were required to vet, approve or reject the names of those appointed by the President. The house was equally empowered to consider the petitions seeking the removal of those sabotaging the agenda of his government and failing to meet public expectations.

This explains why one of the candidates has been buying the loyalty of greedy, broke and rent-seeker MPs. This candidate has refused to be subjected to lifestyle audit.

After winning the 2013 presidential election, did Uhuru commit a blunder of bringing DP close to him? In my view, he didn’t. We know at the time DP was enjoying support of many Kenyans drawn from the two communities of the Kikuyu and Kalenjin which had voted as a bloc for the duo. So, Uhuru risked becoming a one-term president if he abandoned him.

The DP and his brigade have been playing a political card that Uhuru could not have won the elections of 2013 and 2017 without DP’s support. They are using it to seek public sympathy specifically from the Kikuyus. Initially the DP came out openly to remind them that they owe him a debt. He has changed the tack and his allies drawn from Mount Kenya region are now passing this message.

The first term of UhuRuto presidency was marked by mega corruption scandals and the insatiable appetites of borrowing billions of shillings in foreign loans. Uhuru’s efforts to build a united and cohesive country also suffered a setback.

Therefore, Uhuru’s decision to change the tack following his re-election to serve his second and final term didn’t come as a surprise. This, however, came a bit too as the roots of the other camp were already deeply entrenched.

Given this background, the question that comes to mind is. Could it turn out the ethnic violence being witnessed in Laikipia County was executed by one of the wing?  The ultimate goal was instilling fear to certain communities. Look, you will regret if you fail to vote for certain candidate. Many believe the violence was meted out by organized criminal gangs, not cattle rustlers as we are made to believe.

The residents of Ol Moran are currently mourning the death of three male villagers. This brings the number of those killed in the recent past to 15 including three police officers. Many houses have also been burnt. Kikuyus and Kisiis are mainly targeted by the heavily armed criminals who hail from the neighboring counties of Baringo and Pokot. This is happening at a time when the high-powered security operation was being carried out. None of the killers has been brought to book.

For now, I have no evidence to finger any camp. The truth will come out once investigations are completed. It is however worth noting these criminals were armed with superior guns compared to the firearms allocated to the police. The remarks made by one of the candidates were also bound to raise pertinent queries.

As a resident of Laikipia, this is not the first time this madness is being witnessed and the chaos erupts as we approach the general election. In the countdown to 1992 and 1997 general elections, we suffered a similar wave of deadly tribal clashes. 

Joseph Mutua Ndonga is a Political Analyst and Blogger Based in

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