Since independence, the politics in Kenya have been pegged
on ethnicity. The mobilization of voters especially is ethnically based. This
makes it challenging to fulfill the vision of the founders of the nation who
had one of their agenda as bringing to an end ethnicity, which was a divide and
rule strategy used by the colonialists.
The wrangles indeed witnessed in the country after every
election is due to the ethnic-based politics played by our leaders so that
whenever the election results, especially the presidential results, are
unsatisfying. Instead of mentioning the party involved, the opponents tend to
blame the community, which has the majority within that party. Though the
political class may not be much affected, it is witnessed in the actions of
hatred portrayed by their supporters.
Fighting corruption is also faced with a similar challenge.
Whenever a leader faces charges on corruption, he rushes to his community and
makes claims that his community is being looked down upon, instead of facing
the law as an individual and defend himself, which further escalates ethnicity
It is good the Building Bridges Initiative may save us from
this monster since one of the ideas being worked on under the initiative is how
to do away with after election unrest brought by ethnicity. I would suggest
that the team come up with a proposal on political parties formation, whereby
there are well-outlined terms of forming political parties. To be precise,
there should be two political parties: the ruling and the other as an
opposition should be based on ideologies.
The terms should be explained to the citizens who would
suggest the names of the political parties. This will enable Kenyans to follow
ideas rather than being dragged by the already biased leaders.