Internal Colonialism By The Elites In Kenya.
|If the citizens neglect their duties and place unprincipled men and women in office, the government will be corrupted, laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish purposes, corrupt or incompetent men and women will be appointed to execute the Laws, public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men and women, and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. Kenya is rotten and the ruling class is full of immoral people who care only for their personal goals.
We are creating a nation of 10 billionaires and 32 million beggars. Today, Kenya is ranked among the 10 most unequal countries in the world and the most unequal in East Africa. Appointed civil servants are out there to steal and grab land. Ambassadors have joined the choir and they are singing on the top voice. Embassy of Kenya in Sweden is singing the soprano while other Kenyan embassies mix the tunes to make it the best diplomatic choir in the world. Sweden the mother of democracy and transparency still supports these daytime dreamer and thieves. All political thieves have one thing in common; they are upper class fellows, united by class interests.
Matters that affect the poor majority like landlessness, a new constitution, resettlement of ethnic clashes victims and other such do not rank highly in their list of priorities. In Kenya, the British essentially handed over power to a faction of the dominant group in KANU which soon was taken over by a faction of an ethnic group from the Central province. It is believed by many that this was the faction that mainly sided with the British during the Mau Mau war. Given the large number of British settlers in Kenya at the time of independence, the British Government had to ensure that the people who took over power in Kenya at independence would be their allies rather than their enemies and that the new Kenya government would ensure the safety and continued economic role of both British settlers and industrial capital.
The group which took over power in Kenya at independence had several major issues on its agenda, most important of which were to consolidate its power by centralizing power and authority. The power of the ruling faction was extended throughout the political and administrative system of the Kenya. Facilitating, through the use of state power and institutions, an accumulation process favored to particular circles of individuals of certain groups – hence the emergence of GEMA – Gikuyu, Embu and Meru Association formed in the 1960s.
GEMA’s real purpose was to champion ethnic political hegemony of the Kikuyu elite. GEMA is an ethnic outfit of the rich and powerful Gikuyu, Embu and Meru organized for the acquisition and protection of wealth and power and to ward off criticism for ethnic rule, corruption and other misdeeds, not with argument, but with ethnic cohesion, propaganda, intimidation and even war. And in May 2005, under the NARC government a new association was started which was described as a reincarnation of GEMA.
This led not only to the extension of authoritarianism throughout the country, ethnic domination of state institution and to internal colonialism of several parts of the country considered (by the ruling elite). Many Kenyans who are suffering, marginalized and have been excluded from the political process because of their radical beliefs or economical background are re-grouping to form a new front that will save our Nation.
As indicated above, there emerged, right from the early sixties, a self centered, ethnically biased, rent seeking and ostentatious elite whose sole aim was and is to get to power and keep it for as long as possible as a means of accumulation through the use of the state. The attitude that the elite have towards state power, is to use it for personal gain in terms of wealth, prestige and social status rather than in the service of some ideal or public good. The dominance of the Kenya’s state by a faction of the ethnic group from the central province shows clearly that Kenya is far from reaching political leaders with a political ideology.
Ethnicity has been planted by the elites as an ideology for maintaining loyalty and support within the ruling ethnic faction and the use of the ethnic ideology for mobilizing wider support within the large ethnic group. Ethnic ideology has begun to rapidly spread in the state system, and the extension of the state’s influence into the private sector. The ideology has thus slowly been legitimized and respectable. And by the time the majority of Kenyans had the opportunity to turn Confronted with demands from diverse interests and expectations, and lacking coherent ideologies in the post-independence period that could bind the diverse social forces together in a political party, the nationalists moved fast to use the state administrative machinery to consolidate political power.
In many cases political parties has become an extension of the state. I.e. NARC-KENYA believes that it is the government and a state party. Political parties have ceased to be mass movements and become instruments of political control rather than mobilizers of members of society for popular participation. And again parties like ODM-K, NARC, NARC-KENYA and many other small political parties recently established, have not been mass movements. They are weak in organization, single-issue oriented and not ideological. They are elite-dominated, top-down in mobilizing supporters, largely urban-based and with little or no elaborate programs and policies for their projects in assuming state power.
At the end of the day, the group which makes the law of the country is still in their camp. The laws that separate the two tribes of Kenya are that the poor have exclusive right to own 10% of the countries richness and to remain poor and on the other hand the rich have exclusive right to own 90% of the countries richness. But do I say!
Munala Wa Munala.
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