How To End Tribalism and Ethnicity in Kenya

Kenya has about 42 communities, that in other words, would say tribes or ethnic settings. This is the strength that the country should be proud of because every community is known for its uniqueness— not about skin color or anything physical but inner strength of mental capabilities—that usually comes out when people are working together towards national building. However, this rarely happen because Kenyans are on constant motion seeking for means to hurt one another because of ethnic backgrounds. This can be either physical assault or an emotional hurting. Either way, this division is widening and there is a lot to be done to end this menace.

Enact a Law Banning political party merger,

The political elites have this tendency to use their influence on their tribal affiliations to drive masses on their back. After which they call other elites from different tribes to merge up people for a common goal. This is a bad mistake that the country has been tolerating for years. A good leader should stand alone and move the masses to his or her side. This common accord will bring people together and there will be no ethnic affiliations to blame when something happens.

Ban of Ethnic Names,

For better Kenya, there should be no ethnic names because they are there to identify someone’s background. There is a Swahili saying that says ‘Mkosa Mila Ni Mtumwa (He who does value his tradition is a slave).’ But what if this tradition is the one causing a major division amongst the people of Kenya? It can be a gradual process that might take over 100 years, but the long run history will charge one for being so brave to end tribalism menace in Kenya.

Embrace economic Class Instead,

In Kenya, we only have two economic classes, the rich and the poor. The poor are the majority in Kenya while the rich are the minority few who like playing tribalism. These few individuals know that if Kenyans wake up and see the reality, they will lose a lot. This is why they like being identified as part of the mighty community. They would speak ethnic language to draw attention of the poor people, even when they know they are from other world.

Amazingly, rich people have no time with ethnic backgrounds. They only do business with people in their class and never quarrel because of foolish tribal affiliations. Only the poor do this… this reason, poor Kenyans ought to realize their common enemy and fight to eliminate it forever.

Foolishness is like a disease that should be annihilated if prosperity is the goal in future. Kenyans needs to see the reality and move in speed to accept it. The political class does not really help us solve issues on ground; in fact they like this tribal division in order to sail through with secret missions.

Written by waflay

A Kenyan blogger who understands that the world is so unfair! In Watching the World, he highlights his views, opinions and news in prose and poems for ONE REASON --- real story.


    • Nice thought, but ethnic chances for leadership has its own negative effects. We need a system that is free and fair for every community. We need people to understand that having the president from their community is not the direct ticket to the national resources. Good leadership is what brings in what people are trying to achieve by being so tribal.

  1. actually I came across this post when I was searching about how well we can end tribalism……it is high time we should do something, I think that there are few people out there who are not tribal……and my earnest plea to you is that, we can start a movement to eradicate this…….and because it will be a just course, a just God will make it possible even if it seems impossible, it is all start with me and you.

    • Really? But we are risking too much just because of ethnic names. Everyone knows where he or she comes from, and can do better if they do keep it to themselves unless willing enough to divulge the true identity. Culture runs in every ethnic background, and you can really prove that an ethnic name is a part of a dying, if not, now dead culture in Kenya.

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