The video going round in social media which is believed to be of Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu inciting members of her Kamba community against Members of Somali community from neighboring Counties is regrettable to say the least. In a country of over 44 communities a leader of her caliber should be very restrained in her utterances that could spark ethnic violence to this volatile nation. It should not be lost from people that barely a decade ago this country was at verge of irresolvable violence that led to massive deportation of people and over 1,000 dead.
In the Video Madam Ngilu was quoted saying, “Don not think those guns are powerful than our bows and arrows, I will leave you with money then deal with these people. We are going to fight with these people. There is no other option. I am not lying to you. I will call young men from Mutha. To come I train them to use bow and arrow. To come I train you how to use gun. So that we do away with these people. We are going to act, we are tired of talking, we are told of Haman, I do not Hassan, we don’t have a Kamba by these names. Those names are not ours. Men listen, do not talk too much. I will leave my officers here to write down names. Then these names are brought to me. We train them. We buy them fighting equipments. If they come back to our land we deal with them. Are we in agreement; she posed the question. If we are in agreement, lift up your hand. Yeah, this is called public participation. The constitution states that, if someone attacks you, you can defend yourself. That is what the law says. And because these people are bringing us trouble, let’s deal with them accordingly. Are we together?”
The matter attracted the international community and the then Secretary General of United Nations Dr. Koffi Anani, mediated between Kibaki and Raila who were leading the two warring factions. The two agreed on a collation pact and President Kibaki retained hios presidency while Raila became the Prime Minister. Six people including the current President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto ended up to International Criminal Court (ICC).
In 2010 Kenyans got the opportunity to change the constitution and a wave of hope whirled across the nation. Kenyan believed that a new dawn had come. We all breathed a fresh air of optimism.
When we devolved Kenya through the constitution amendment we thought as Kenyans that our lives could become better, services could be rendered to every village in a more elaborate way. Kenyans would be better integrated and every person would live, work, do business and share resources from every part of Kenya.
The law provided for 30% of employee for the county governments to be people from other counties so as to promote diversity and integration. This has remained to be a mirage as many governors only awarded job opportunities to their supporters who in most cases were their community members and close allies. In some cases like Kirinyaga County in the first devolution, governor Ndathi had 100% Kirinyaga residents. He could not even offer an opportunity to other counties members even though they belonged to the same community.
In her part madam Charity Kaluki Ngilu who was celebrated as part of the first three female governors under the 2010 constitution has never been short of controversies. In the beginning of her term she was alleged to have incited residents of her County to burn vehicles of charcoal traders. This resulted to constrained relationship between members of her county and residents of Kiambu County under Governor Ferdinand.
Residents of Kitui County had a difficult time trading at towns around Kiambu County and most significantly Thika town and Githurai estate. These two towns are very significant to her Kamba community members since they have been living in harmony with their Kikuyu counterparts for as long as history can remember.
The two communities have also been very integrated through intermarriages as they regard one another as in-laws. The two communities also speak dialects which are closely related and even though one may not eloquently speak the others language they understand each other to a bigger extent.