By Brooke White-Mugambi
Luos- a tribe from Western Kenya- are once again in trouble. After years of marginalization by Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki regime, Uhuru doesnâ€™t just appear intent on marginalizing them, but also psychologically torturing them.
The Special Branch and the NSIS have for the last 5 decades pursued the policy of Luo bashing, by feeding the population with stereotypes against the various tribes in the Opposition.
The recent controversial report showing that Luos and Kisiis have the most Gays and Lesbians- but which was denied by NACC- was intended to get back at the residents of Nyanza province. NACC officials in a rejoinder distanced themselves from a report- in which Uhuruâ€™s shady pollster during the campaign- Smart Octopus was involved and didnâ€™t appear grounded in science.
From â€œLuos are proudâ€, â€œLuos eat fish/Ugaliâ€, â€œLuos bathe in the same sufuria they bathe inâ€, to making a big deal out of their circumcision culture, and making a big deal about Luo cultural practices, the successive government regimes have pursued a policy of hate mongering against the Luos. Now I donâ€™t know how Luos will deal with their new status, as â€œthe premiere Gay Tribe in Kenyaâ€.
Reports indicate that the Gichangi led NSIS under orders from Kimemia was behind the propaganda to paint Luos as Gay, so hopefully they can throw stones, and then call them â€œstone throwersâ€. Raila Odinga, Kenyaâ€™s Second Prime Minister who is believed to have won but rigged out in the last 2 election cycles- though a Nairobi politician is of Nyanza descent.
This portrayal of Railaâ€™s political base as gays came less than a week after Raila was humiliated at the Airports across the country.
â€œThe Airport drama was meant to provoke Raila supporters into violence and demonstration. After this didnâ€™t work, they resorted to this Gay and Lesbian thingâ€ says a Government insider who didnâ€™t want to be named due to conditions of anonymity.
It wasnâ€™t a co-incidence that the report mentions Kibera, Nyanza, Coast, Nairobi-erstwhile Cord/ODM strongholds. It was propaganda, executed at the highest levels of government. Its suspicious when counties are now the operational units, but the report emphasized provinces. It is during Uhuruâ€™s own father Jomo Kenyatta that anti-Luo â€œbumper stickerâ€ type of anti-Luo jokes and stereotypes, propagated by NSIS began to emerge.
Prof Jabondo, an Anthropologist who specializes on Kenyan Tribal Relations argues that â€œUntil very recently, it was very difficult for a Luo male or woman to be accepted in marriage by other tribes. Infact Kenyatta had poisoned his tribesmen to a point where, the moment the boys or girls heard names like Ochieng, Oduor, Oloo, they did a 100m dash at a supersonic speed. Now that Luos are gay, I donâ€™t know whether they will faint or what when they hear a name starting with an O, or Aâ€.
This government is worse than Kanu, at least going by its recent conduct. Soon we will have opposition politicians being framed of various crimes/ debts they didnâ€™t commit or accrue respectively. Uhuru disregarded a Jubilee led Senate leadership advises to not ascent to the Devolution bill.
Going by the discrete style in which Mutula Kilonzo- a Kenyan celebrity lawyer is suspected to have been executed Analysts expect more assassinations from this government than in Moi, Keyatta and Kibaki combined.
The goal of the Gay/Lesbian propaganda was meant to divert attention from the ever growing anti-Uhuru rebellion in the Senate while also killing the spirit of the Luo people. Analysts suspect that â€œUhuru- a vengeful politician- is out to revenge for Luos having stoned his father during the Russia Hospital opening ceremonyâ€.
Once you wrong Uhuru, analysts say, he will never reconcile with you or forgive you. Mudavadi and Eunice Wamalwa are living examples. The Uhuru government is keen on diverting peopleâ€™s attention, from corruption scandals and Senate rebellion by Jubilee Senators.
Â Uhuruâ€™s Deputy- William Ruto- has also been under pressure for awarding MPs pay rises, in a deal disguised as mileage allowances. Leading media houses were roped into the scheme, and they carried headlines like â€œMPs lose battle for salaryâ€, while in essence they were awarded cash amounting to Sh 1.2million per month more than half of it disguised as mileage.
Analysts call that â€œbriberyâ€ to reward them for supporting the controversial Devolution Financing Bill, in which Billions were cut from County allocations as a first step to weakening and eventually killing Devolution.
Ruto rather than midwife a salary raise advised them to keep the salary low, so that they can get more untaxed allowances. Add to that the fact that Ruto was caught pants down over the jet scandal, and now you have a government using taxpayerâ€™s money to silence the MPs, and also spread anti-Luo propaganda with the goal of dividing Kenya.
This policy isnâ€™t new, the numerous portrayals of blacks as violent thugs, intellectually deficient and lazy has its roots in the 1950s and 60s US politics.
Next thing would be to censor names of great Kenyan opposition politicians from History books. This has happened in other countries, where Malcolm X who gave American whites a hard time in the 50s Civil Rights movement, isnâ€™t mentioned anywhere in History books.
Uhuruâ€™s anti-Luo Education Cabinet Secretary- at least going by his anti- anti-Luo/Luhya discrimination tenure at the Dental School- might soon order the censuring and banning of all Raila and Jaramogi materials from History books.