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Your real tribe

This preaching peace thing has become part of me…at times I feel like something is pushing me to share every bit of unifying information I come across in the course of my daily hustles – maybe this is why in 2009 I was named as a Young Ambassador for peace by the Youth Federation for World Peace and Universal Peace Federation at the International Young Leaders’ Conference at UNEP HQ in Gigiri alongside my cousin Maureen Juma and my pals Leonard Ligai, Diana Hare among several others that their names don’t click at the moment but we shared one dream for our country. Today, I think I understand much better what that award meant and I am proud to have been among the few who have received that award the world over.

Today going through my Newsfeed on facebook, I came across this post by one Stanley Ogejo and thought why not share it with you? He called it borrowed wisdom which might also mean that he borrowed it from somewhere else and it might be difficult to know who the original author is but then again if it helps unite us then why not share?

When I lived in Kibera, I shared my modest crib with Onyango,Kimani, Kipngeno,Mutisya and Abdi. Abdi and Kimani shared a bed because Abdi was new to the city. The only thing that seperated our “bedrooms” was a “leso”, an old dirty bed sheet and a black polythene sheet that Mutisya had picked on his way from Industrial area.

We shared everything and we showered in shifts and on alternate Sundays. Life was hard but we were happy. Kimani pushed mkoko at Marigiti and in the evening he will come home with a mixture of almost everything that was sold at the market. From it, we made a stew. Everyday it tasted distinctly different and authentic even though the ingredients remained the same, the quantity varied. Sometimes the pilipili or dania will be in plenty hence the taste of the day. We listened to Kameme together and KBC salamu za hodi hodi together and shared ushindi bar soap for washing and geisha Kubwa for bathing. Played draught (checkers) at our best friends house Nyandigisi over the weekends.

In short we were more than brothers, and we remained so for 5 years until the elections were called. It was time to part ways. We got new identities jaluo, mkamba, kaleo, sapere,walalo and Banye. Identifying ourselves with the rich politicians we shared a language with was the thing, not the poor we had been with for years.The wealthy man from my tribe won the election I headed to the same room I had shared for five years with people of my class, albeit with some election posters to deco our crib. Mheshimiwa headed for Grand Regency to celebrate. That night we slept without food. After a while things came back to normal we were back to sharing everything with Abdi, musyoka Onyango etc. Whenever there was bereavement amongst us, we all attended. Just the poor people. Mheshimiwa was busy on the beach. But when Mheshimiwa got bereaved I mourned for him for weeks, even though I won’t be let to go past his gate. When he engaged in Corruption, I defended him fiercely just because he spoke my Language, to cut short…..I voted for mheshimiwa, he lives big but life for me, Onyango, Kimani, Abdi is still the same.

What if we had voted for one of us regardless of his tribe, could life be different??????? Identify with your own true tribe. RICH or POOR are the real tribes of Kenya. However the latter are the Majority and are ruled by the minority. Poor people rise up and fight for your rights Did you know the only common thing between you and your much cherished Mheshimiwa is the language. Nothing else NOTHING!!!!!!!!! But the list of common things you share with Musyoka, Onyango, Abdi is endless.

Think and Educate other Kenyans

There you go…Hope you have registered to vote, and you now know what your real

Update: Just got info from another online blog (Ghafla Kenya) that this was actually Jalang’os Open letter to all Kenyans. I cannot authenticate that claim though but whoever the author is, your message is reaching the masses!



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