By Imboko Tall
John De (nonsense) Mathew was a dark hearted tribalist. We all heard the songs he composed calling for mutilation of genitals and the total annihilation of Luos.
In the wake of his death, there are people trying to downplay all that and claim that we are all tribalists. NO we we are not all enhancers of negative ethnicity like that DeMathew.
It’s the tribalists who are struggling to justify his ‘stellar’ career in a region that is still so resistant to tribal integration because of negative ethnicity.
But I am not surprised because misery loves company. I feel nothing for such a fellow who incited his people and police to kill others. I will not even pretend to type an RIP.
And for those saying we are all tribalists, you are confusing tribalism with negative ethnicity. I have not heard a Luo or Luhya or Kamba and all most all Kenyan tribes save for two compose songs to incite one tribe to wipe out the other.
A musician who composed such songs must be treated like the animal he was when he dies. In my community he would be burried without much fuss and may be in the night.
But I am not surprised to see how many are struggling to paint him like Saint or try to drag every other person who calls his nonsense out a tribalist.