Saturday, January 05, 2008

Kenya, don't cry for me my Kikuyu

In a recent post I commented on the incidence of violence associated with elections.
I was castigated in the comments section for my glib comments because I live in a relatively well off western country and my apathy to elections is a result of not having to worry about my government trying to kill me. Indeed.

I turn my attention now to Kenya specifically and news stories abound to point out that the violence in Kenya has been triggered by the peoples' rage against corruption and election rigging. The story reveals that the dominant tribe, the Kikuyu have influence beyond what is appropriate in politics and business. This is the real reason for the outbreak of violence in Kenya.

It seems that Africans see democracy in a different perspective to western countries. Whereas the west sees the wealthy, business lobby groups and the upper classes as having a disproportionate influence on the policies of government, in Africa, it is all about tribes. Reflect on the violence in Darfur (tribal) or of the Hutu vs Tutsi violence and you begin to realize that Africa and democracy are strange bedfellows.

So in the end, all the facade of democracy that is put up for the world to observe is really covering the reality of the real issue which is tribal dominance.
For a country to think and function in terms of which tribe people belong to and to resort to violence and "ethnic cleansing" as a means of solving problems is a far cry from the true concept of democracy.

You can take the natives out of the jungle but you can't take the jungle out of the natives ( I didn't say that)


Hammer said...

People always think that the world owes them something. Democracy takes sacrifice and hard work.

In it's infancy people will have to fight and die for a truely just government by the people.

By the way, when I visit your blog I get popup windows that I cannot shut down normally. Just FYI

Lexcen said...

Hammer, I'm not aware of any popups occurring on my blog. The only ads I authorize are the Google ads in the side bar. It could be a browser issue?

Jim Belshaw said...

Lexcen, I get the same thing. I click, then there is a pause and then a pop up ad comes up. I cannot read your blog until this has loaded. The ad comes from jamster. This time ring tones.

I did not say anything until you said you had no ads other than adsense.

Little Lamb said...

I don't like ads. Is there any way for you to get rid of them?

It's the same thing on your garden blog.

Lexcen said...

Sorry everyone for the popup ads. I've made an effort to get rid of them. If they still appear let me know and I'll try something else.

Hammer said...

Ok just the regular ones now. thanks for fixing it :)