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Mpeketoni Ni Ya Walamu Milele

March 2, 2011

There is one half of Kenya which the other half is unaware of – a quote from The NFD book ” – by Negley Farson

The same literally applies to Mpeketoni, a division of Lamu County whose current population is edging on close to 50,000. For every 1 Kenyan who is aware of the origins and current status of Mpeketoni, there are 50 others who are not. It is these 50 Kenyans that we want to bring to their attention some startling facts about Mpeketoni Division.
Mpeketoni owed its name to an admixture of Swahili (mpe meaning give one) and English (carton) whence was coined the name: mpe katoni.

As each landless Kikuyu got off the administration lorry at the site designated for their settlement, the officer in charge barked: Mpe katoni (a carton of essentials).

That phrase evolved ultimately to Mpeketoni as we know it today. That was in the late Sixties. By the 1999 census, Mpeketoni’s population had mushroomed to 25,000. Today it is nearer the 50,000 mark – easily the most populous division of Lamu County. But it is not a naturally inhabited division of Lamu. It is, on the contrary,  an artificial creation by the Kenyatta despotic regime drunk with ethnic chauvinistic power that can best be described as Extreme Chegemony (Chege, the Kikuyu male name blending easily with the English word hegemony).

This Chegemony was superimposed upon a peaceful, backward and illiterate community known collectively as Walamu comprised of Amus who are indigenous to Lamu town and Bajunis in the sprawling Lamu Archipelago.
Kenyatta’s inglorious act of ethnic transplantation resulted in a cultural shock to the people of Lamu who are 100 percent Muslim and have a totally different cultural way of life compared to the newcomers from Central Kenya.
Thanks to Kenyatta’s tunnel vision Chegemony, Mpeketoni is the only division in the whole of Kenya that has been settled and exclusively inhabited by Kikuyus.

Their numbers would have grown by leaps and bounds had not Allah intervened by recalling Jomo Kenyatta to the Great Skies. The Man from Sacho  to his credit ordered a stop to the Kikuyu influx when he took over. PEV created a new wave of influx through IDPs who are continually streaming to Mpeketoni and branching out into other nearby urban centres such as Witu and Mkunumbi.

The son of Kenyatta, Uhuru, far from seeking to make amends for his father’s ignominous ethnic transplantation, has lately sought to settle some IDPs in his dubiously acquired vast land holdings in Taveta. But the valiant Taveta people have been putting up a stiff resistance to Uhuru’s attempt. In Lamu, tension has been building up between the settler community and the true owners of Mpeketoni.

Last week, the National Cohesion & Integration Commission sent a team to probe the issue in Mpeketoni even as Esther Murigu’s Ministry of Special Programmes denied it was settling IDPs in the area. Yet they have been coming in numbers that have justified the recent introduction of daily bus services from Nairobi to Mpeketoni. I am asking my fellow Kenyans who sincerely believe in the principles of justice, fair play and equality to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Walamu People against this settler invasion of their lands which is illegal and immoral.
No Constitution on earth allows wholesale translocation of one community from its region to another community’s area.

That is not National Cohesion. It is territorial aggrandisement, not unlike the annexation of territory by a foreign power. The right to live, reside and work in any part of the country may be enshrined in our Constitution, but its incorporation applies solely to the individual and his family but not his entire tribal community. Today, Mpeketoni is well served by both Government and CDF. It has electricity supply whilst many parts of Lamu have no such service. And it is the most developed area of Lamu county whilst other parts of Lamu county are lagging far behind.
Lamu people have been grievously wronged by the Kenyatta regime. This historical injustice must be addressed now for the sake of genuine peace and stability in the area.

Above all, the new influx of IDPs which is further displacing the people of Lamu must be brought to an immediate end and the new arrivals returned whence they came from. If steps are not taken to deal with this situation, do not be surprised if you come to hear Lamu youth crossing the border into Somalia to train as terrorists and return back to fight for their homeland. What is happening now is recipe for future violence. Be warned Kenyans and start championing the cause of Lamu people for justice.

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107 Comments leave one →
  1. Rajab okello permalink
    March 28, 2012 1:46 pm

    Just wandering is Kenya one country, if yes what is the problem?

    Two, is the writer the same fellow who has been recruiting kenyan youth to fight for the Al-shabaab?

  2. joe permalink
    February 2, 2014 3:50 pm

    I have travelled to mpeketoni,16hr journey, OMG! vast bare lands and its rediculously hot, you cant sell blankets and honestly i was shocked to find kikuyus, kambas and embus everywhere and suddenly i felt like i had visited my grand parents, but there were no old people around, they are the 2nd and 3rd generation of the settlement scheme. The town is thriving with businesses and farming is done to the maximum almost up to the beach, that is why there is a daily bus(simba coach) from and to nairobi and banks have set up shop. Kenya power will only supply to people who want their product and can afford it, its a business! It has nothin to do with tribe or government favours. Infrastructure automaticaly pops up where there is high economic activity. And when u say the indigenous are being misplaced u are lying to the ’50 others’ their is too much bare unused land full of shrubs. And the era of ancestral lands is gone, kenya is a republic and any citizen can settle anywhere in kenya. Ur way of thinking is that, if someone is born a luo they are entitled to land in kisumu. And from which generation should we start looking at ‘historical injustice’ of migration and settlement of communities? Mombasa is full arabs, didnt they migrate from arabian countries? Infact historicaly bantus ,nilots and cushites migrated into kenya, so where is the migration timeline and who sets it?

    • Ganja permalink
      June 18, 2014 10:38 am

      Eish boss; arrogance much?

    • Simba permalink
      June 18, 2014 3:05 pm

      Sometimes, there are problems where the solutions can cause more problems than the original and land settlement is one of them. Maybe it was bad the said Kikuyus were settled in Mpeketoni by Kenyatta at that time, and maybe it was not, but honestly, is it fair to kick out a 3rd generation Kikuyu person out of it? In my opinion, they have as much right to stay there now as any other Kenyan. If they have to be kicked out, does that also apply to Arabs and whites who settled in Kenya through conquest ages ago? However when it comes to provision of services, it’s a different issue all together. Every one deserves the services of the government, and to say “only those who want and can afford” is truly arrogant. How can you afford when the means to afford is not availed to start with or is deliberately withheld from you? People and societies have very different backgrounds that can determine how they can “afford services”. For instance, do we say the poor should be left to die out if they cannot afford medical care, Clean water, food, schooling and shelter? If you think yes, how about applying the same to land, that is if they never had, let them go ask their God to make them their own land. As long as some people/communities feel to be unfairly discriminated against, then this kind of conflicts will persist. Right now, efforts should be seriously put to ensure equal distribution of resources and services. Dwelling on historical injustices will just keep on opening wounds that should have long healed. The future is more important than the past so lets leave the past as a lesson for mistakes never to be repeated and successes to be emulated.

      • Kranz permalink
        June 18, 2014 4:50 pm

        “Right now, efforts should be seriously put to ensure equal distribution of resources and services”. Thats the spirit of devolution. But on historical injustices, you got it wrong, “Dwelling on historical injustices will just keep on opening wounds that should have long healed”, the wounds wont heal as long as the victims continue to suffer from the effects of the injustices. The unseen angle to this is the socio-cultural impact of the flooding of one area of a country by another community, the central Kenya communities have a very different culture from those of the coast, when the stereotypes set in, conflict becomes inevitable.

      • Oneya permalink
        June 19, 2014 9:21 am

        Could’nt agree more…enough said!

      • Ekax permalink
        June 20, 2014 9:16 am

        How come there are no Luos, Luhyas, Taitas, Kalenjins etc in Nyeri for example? Is this right to live anywhere only applicable to Kikuyus with respect to other communities’land, and not the other way round? Other communities cannot even buy land in Central, even if it’s on sale and they’re offering ten times the asking price. Over two years I tried renting a business premises in Nairobi (where most landlords are Kikuyu) but the first question in each occasion I was asked is: what tribe are you? So yuo can go on about that constitutional right to live anywhere but to most Kenyans it’s bullshit. Not until Kikuyu’s too learn first to respect that right in others. That is putting it as it simply is.

    • ann permalink
      June 19, 2014 1:58 pm

      Joe, no one could have put it any better.

  3. June 17, 2014 10:31 pm

    Mmmh..

  4. June 17, 2014 11:52 pm

    So mpeketoni issue is more than meet the eye, ? what did kiplagat led team on historical inhustices said abt this? uhuru u r part of this prob, fix it 4 once n all.

  5. olive permalink
    June 18, 2014 12:51 am

    waaah kuna ukweli flani hapo….machungu n kwamba hao watu wa mpeketoni minority hawajapewa nafasi hataa za uongozi katika serikali

    • June 18, 2014 9:45 am

      The Deputy Governor of Lamu is from the said community. There are MCAs elected from the community, chiefs among others!

      • Oneya permalink
        June 19, 2014 9:23 am

        MP for Lamu West from the said community!

      • June 19, 2014 3:57 pm

        Is there a rule that says that some communities should not be elected (not given leadership) in some areas? If those people live there, they need representation there not in Nairobi? In the same breadth, others would question why the governor of Nairobi was elected.

  6. June 18, 2014 1:58 am

    #WeAreOne. Let sanity reign.

    • Oneya permalink
      June 19, 2014 9:29 am

      Back in time when this settlement was being created by Jomo Kenyatta, how come only one community turned out to be landless? And they are the Bulk of IDPs who despite the unity called Uhuruto still “refused” to go back to their lands in rift valley long after PEV forcing the goverment to source more land to settle them!

    • Cristopher Kyule permalink
      June 19, 2014 11:06 am

      With the kind of talk above, you are cheating yourself Muiruri. The fact is Kenya is not one!

    • Danvies Anyongo permalink
      June 19, 2014 1:46 pm

      We are not one ass hole kiuks leave others alone you are mapendelo kwa kabila moja.

  7. Githae permalink
    June 18, 2014 6:36 am

    Saimz muirurti, indeed #youAreOne whiler the otyher 41 tribes continye to be sidelined.Time will tell

  8. Julius Kiplagat permalink
    June 18, 2014 7:45 am

    What is this? is Lamu in Kenya or what? why are you saying the IDPs to be returned to where they came from.? don’t you know that the land they had was taken away from them? and the settlement in Mpeketoni area is it done illegally? can the government settle IDPs on a land that will late cause problems really guy. what you saying is all the communities should stay in the area they come from. why not write about Nairobi we all know it was taken away from the Maasai.integration is what we need not communities living on the there sais area. I am shocked!!

    • The one permalink
      June 24, 2014 12:33 pm

      yes…..tell them also about KIBRA……. who were originally there?………. i know of very many luhyias and Luos who own land in central province especially Kiambu, Thika and Muranga….thats why tribal hatred and animsity will never end……

  9. Malele permalink
    June 18, 2014 8:20 am

    Well said,please share this

  10. Charles permalink
    June 18, 2014 8:42 am

    You must be the biggest fool. i am sure you live somewhere in Nairobi. Do you know Nairobi was once for maasai and dorobos.

    • Faheem permalink
      June 18, 2014 4:23 pm

      Thank you!!! Charles

    • Kranz permalink
      June 18, 2014 4:55 pm

      You wouldn’t be speaking with so much ignorance and arrogance if lived in Mpeketoni. Do some reading, I will do you some good.

  11. June 18, 2014 9:18 am

    This kind of thinking is is the key ingredient to maintaining a third world country status. We will never develop if we keep hiding in our ethnic and cultural cocoons. We must encourage economic activities that add value to our country. Think like a patriot and not like a sulky tribal child who feels like his imaginary lollipop has been stolen from him.

    • leo permalink
      June 18, 2014 11:48 am

      Well put hilarious though “key ingredient to third world status”

    • Kranz permalink
      June 18, 2014 5:01 pm

      Patriot? The day when Kenya was declared a republic was when we became one Nation, one people, at least theoretically. The leaders we have had since have always negated our nationhood by putting their ethnic communities above others. Your comment isn’t hilarious, it is deprived and paradoxical.

      • said abdalla said permalink
        June 18, 2014 7:39 pm

        WHEN IT COMES TO RESOURCES ONLY ONE COMMUNITY BENIFITS. LET THE BENIFITS BE DISTRIBUTED SENSITEVELY AND FAIRLY….

      • June 19, 2014 9:03 am

        @Said Abdalla Said. Very true. Only one community benefits from resources. The Rich community. In the Poor Community which am working at quitting we get only what we work for. We don’t get handouts and tenders from Golf buddies and political cronies who care less about tribe as long as their companies mint billions from dubiously acquired biz. The day petty and ignorant Kenyans will realise we only have 2 tribes (Rich and Poor) in Kenya is the day that we will liberate yourself. Let me tell U about a little truth, the rich don`t give a f**k about tribe. They will intermarry, do biz together and generally get more richer while the ignorant poor will continue to be used as a doormat to do the dirty work for the rich (read politicians)

    • Kennedy Koech permalink
      June 22, 2014 9:56 pm

      Now Nyagah!!!! That’s the kind of thinking that is wrong. Economic progress with social injustices is like building castles on sand. It comes tumbling down as fast as it was built. Look at all those so called developed countries. Their current status was achieved with blood bath at some point because of social injustices. American Civil war, the French Revolution, the Holocaust, the Russian Revolution. Social injustices underlie all these sad events. We refuse to learn from history of others and instead want to undergo the same experiences to learn. Ask Rwanda. I assure you that those Tanzanians whom we despise for being backward economically might overtake us and have a more thriving and united country than us. (Kenyans always thinking about economic development irrespective of other costs) Tell me anywhere where Rich men have occupied a prominent role in History? The world’s history is replete with men renowned for their deeds that have nothing to do with richness. Economic development is just a means to an end, woe to those who put it as the end.

      • July 3, 2014 2:08 pm

        Koech we don’t need bloodshed for our nation to be reborn and united, what we need is economic drive. Asian countries know this. If industries thrive in all counties in Kenya, then the local grassroot population will be uplifted (in terms of living standards). We need to promote the culture of industries and industriousness. I liked a comment on this thread where the guy said there are 2 tribes, the rich and the poor; and that is the truth. We the poor and middle class need to rise up and raise others as we do so.

  12. Kenvibez permalink
    June 18, 2014 9:49 am

    And we all joined in unision in justifying ethnic massacres…We are special. We are Kenyans.

  13. June 18, 2014 10:10 am

    A kenyan can live and own property anywhere in Kenya. It does not matter where you are from the fact is that you are Kenyan.

    • June 18, 2014 10:25 am

      he he he, on that note let me look for land in Murang’a and settle there 🙂

      • June 18, 2014 10:46 am

        utachinjwa my friend!!!!! a pal of mine alijaribu kuset up a garage and they kept on threatening Him saying he was from a wrong community,They eventually burnt down the garage and Killed him.whereas Kiuks wamejaa all over Kenya doing Business and other things and the communities are not bothering them.why the double standards? ama hao ndio wakenya 1st class thus they need special treatment?

      • Artur Margaryan permalink
        June 18, 2014 10:52 am

        For your information, Anyang’ Nyong’o leaves in Kiambu County, Raila previously lived in Kiambu County i.e Runda Estate and many other Luos reside and have bought property in Kiambu, Thika, Ruiru. Please lets not tribalise issues.

      • Samuel Kabira permalink
        June 18, 2014 11:41 am

        you can go there and even if they cahse you do not buy that to be the kenyans who have got that problem…just because the kikuyus in that village chase you and kill you does not make all kikuyus tribal….and for the record you can come and buy land from our kenyan place Meru and live there….

      • Wesley permalink
        June 18, 2014 11:57 am

        Do you have anyone in central bank…Or any of these other banks directly supplied by the govrnmnt with cash to supply you to be able to buy land in murang’a…Heheheee…The locals were and have been denied access to cash…Which is supplied to that one tribe,you know which,so that they can “buy” property…Indegeneous pple of mpeketoni have cause…Only if you want peace…And socialising with this one tribe is the hardest thing here in kenya…While they scheme and all to reap from across their border…They don’t total want anybdy to even try to reap from their grounds…Hata nilisikianga kitu…Ntasema baadaye

      • June 18, 2014 2:41 pm

        My area is full of different tribes of Kenya and they even intermarry. You rarely find a business operated by Kikuyus though its a Kikuyu area and their businesses are doing well. I do not understand when one say they should be returned where they came from.

      • June 19, 2014 9:08 am

        And you can. People need to realise that those who care about the tribe are the poor masses (and the rich when they want to use their ignorant poor tribal followers to enrich and support them). The rich simply don’t give a f**k. That`s why Orengo`s wife is pure blooded Kyuk while the poor keep bad mouthing each other and hating. That`s why Raila`s son once tried his hand at a Kikuyu wife. Let the stupid poor kill each other

      • Oneya permalink
        June 19, 2014 9:33 am

        Jaribu uone!

    • said abdalla said permalink
      June 18, 2014 7:45 pm

      any kenyan can own property anywhere in kenya but legally and through hardwork ..labour and capital sytem. you own with ua sweat/working. not one to benefit given wholesale settlement while we also have stomach…plse

  14. Nimesema permalink
    June 18, 2014 10:48 am

    What the writer is cleverly omitting was that the settlement was carved out of forest land and that the settlers fought with monkeys by day and elephants by night as they came to lay waste to their farms , many settlers gave up and left but these are the hardy ones who prevailed those lands were uninhabitable the new comers made them habitable and locals were not pushed out they were never there in the first place perhaps the animals should be complaining they lost land but its certainly not the locals

    • Madiang' permalink
      June 18, 2014 11:07 am

      Word! I endorse. We need to think progressively. Thank you Nimesema.

      • June 18, 2014 11:39 am

        the truth and nothing but.All this noise is being made by the arab settlers from another continent , who want to lay claim to the sure boom on land that will result from the lapsset project!!!

    • asim permalink
      June 18, 2014 5:09 pm

      Nimesema, Aberdares and Karura forests still exist. Why weren’t they settled there?

      • said abdalla said permalink
        June 18, 2014 8:07 pm

        micky_mouse arabs are no longer in kenya. they used to merchant coming with the dhows 1,000 years back. they were not send or given settlement they came as individuals. what happened is that mostly in the safari they depend on moonsoon wind that sometime they can stay almost a year in a town. imagine a young man from the sea one year in a town. they got ladies merry local . us we were born. they travelled back kizazi cha local kinabaki..
        the % of arabs here is very, very small . unless u dont know waarabu nikina nani, not all coastal people are arabs…..
        am local and i dont own any land. if i get an opprtunity of buying ,,i will buy..fair to everyone. not others are given while we clamp our hand praising baba

      • Cristopher Kyule permalink
        June 19, 2014 11:24 am

        @Asim tell them, they think everyone is a fool

      • Nimesema permalink
        June 25, 2014 10:12 am

        @asim you may not be aware but Aberdares, Karura and Ngong forests were excised almost to extinction what you see today are remnants of the original forests.

      • Nimesema permalink
        June 25, 2014 10:18 am

        @said abdalla said

        Arabs settled as colonisers when the sultan of Oman conquered parts of the EA coast and today still own the 10 mile strip which they got FREE and they sell willy nilly to the highest bidder c’mon guys read your history!!!
        How come these brave warriors are not killing italians in malindi who own the entire place?????

    • Cristopher Kyule permalink
      June 19, 2014 11:22 am

      pure nonsence. kujafyeka ule msiotu wakwetu tuone!

  15. Jagingo permalink
    June 18, 2014 11:04 am

    this final line, “… If steps are not taken to deal with this situation, do not be surprised if you come to hear Lamu youth crossing the border into Somalia to train as terrorists and return back to fight for their homeland. What is happening now is recipe for future violence. Be warned Kenyans and start championing the cause of Lamu people for justice….”

  16. June 18, 2014 11:05 am

    @ Artur,am mot being tribal,I am just stating fcats.Hard facts that we dont want to agree to.it happened and yes its happening.I can point to you 30 or more Kiuks with investments in Homabay county…big land and big business and they dont feel threatened.Runda,and Ruiru are very much cosmopolitan .I lived in Thika During the post Election violence of 07/08 and we were told to live,my pastor was slashed to death,our house was burnt down.a house my father built from his hard earned sweat.We can never go back there.hayo yote tuliwaachia

    • mugure waithaka permalink
      June 18, 2014 3:13 pm

      dont tell me you are angels,i did business in rodi kopany,homabay county,nilifukuzwa,nikachomewa,a relative died,,what hard facts are you stating,wacha kujifanya you guys are always right,we all know,you love violence,and oppsing its in your blood,av lived with luos,i know them like the back of my hands,stop giving out stupid facts,our fathers fought for kenya,they stayed in the forests,to make sure we live in freedom,not in the hands of the colonies,hii shamba mnatufukuza and killing us haingekuwa kama kina dedan kimathi dint shed their blood,who in your family has ever told you their story about saving kenya from the britons,my guka and cucu recall those days like it was yesterday, we wacho gi mikia,

      • The one permalink
        June 24, 2014 12:40 pm

        bravo…..well said mugure….

  17. June 18, 2014 11:33 am

    rudini uarabuni waamu this is not your country.If its about rights africans have the right to settle in africa ..please go back to the middle east and take your violence back with you…Those people you are talking about from 25000 to 50000 emans more than 3/4 of them were born and raised there.Its madness to tell someone who was born in a place and went to school there its not his land .I demand all kikuyus be heavily armed to protect their right to life

    • samuelgatheru permalink
      July 17, 2014 7:41 pm

      are we as kenyans this stupid because of one man’s failure kenya shall burn if so we deserve it

  18. June 18, 2014 12:26 pm

    Reblogged this on bassanga.

  19. Carol permalink
    June 18, 2014 12:42 pm

    Having read this I think that not only Walaamu were done injustice then I think we should also vacate Nairobi and leave it for the Maasai’s

    • The one permalink
      June 24, 2014 12:41 pm

      yes…….and also people in kibera should vacate

  20. June 18, 2014 1:10 pm

    this was in 2011 !?

  21. Anonymus permalink
    June 18, 2014 1:40 pm

    you started well as a writer but you got lost on the way of insults

  22. June 18, 2014 1:49 pm

    This is the most crude analysis of things i have seen in a blog! It is equal to political preparation for things to come…more like a brief to lieutenants going for war! The events of #MpeketoniAttack are therefore more elaborated!
    The author should by now be recording a statement!

  23. Ben permalink
    June 18, 2014 2:20 pm

    mpeketoni ya walamu milele!!!!!

  24. June 18, 2014 2:39 pm

    @ Carol, you read the article but you didn’t understand it fully…….nobody transported thousands luos, tesos,etc in droves to Nairobi, they went there as individuals as opposed to Lamu where the Senior Kenyatta personally relocated entire population to a sub-county….hence get your facts right……His actions were thwarted by Jaramogi when he tried to do that in Nyanza…….he succeeded in Rift Valley after appointing Moi as his VP……and thats why these crucial historical injustices need to be solved….this calls for a TRUE Truth and Reconciliation Commission OR we shall continue harbouring bad feelings to our IMPORTED neighbours

    • June 19, 2014 9:18 am

      So what is your solution? Where should the 3rd generation Kenyans in Mpe Carton be taken to now that they “stole” they land they are living on?

      • Ahmed farouk permalink
        June 19, 2014 12:55 pm

        Probably, the solution could be to allocate the indigenous people with land and issue them with title deeds, and i mean big chunks of land not 1/4 and 1/.8. The 3rd generations settlers can be allowed to trace back their roots and be allocated land and issued with title deeds also. May be people can start from there. Maybe we would have dealt with Historical injustices,otherwise how do you explain a settler owning land(legally) and the indigenous being a ‘squatter’?

    • Nimesema permalink
      June 25, 2014 11:07 am

      immigrants are immigrants whether they came in groups or solo, if one set returns then all should return to their ancestral roots so at which point in history do we start? do the bantus head back to the Congo etc??

  25. June 18, 2014 2:56 pm

    Until all tribes are sensitive to expectations of others, we are still to have genuine and lasting peace in Kenya, and then genuine democracy will take root in Kenya.

  26. john ndoe permalink
    June 18, 2014 3:03 pm

    So what solution do you offer- where should third generation Kenyans in Mpeketoni go?

  27. Kranz permalink
    June 18, 2014 3:28 pm

    This is just a historical account, not really someones opinion. So why are people wetting their pants all over? Agenda 4 issues have never been adressed, TJRC could not even take off. Yet we pretend to be very united when necessary, but when you can hide your a** behind anonymity you have so much hatred and evil. This hatred and greed is what has gotten us into our current mess. Truth is that Jomo really messed this country, I had hopes in his son, but its all gone, only God will save this country from going bananas.

    • john ndoe permalink
      June 18, 2014 4:16 pm

      You say these are historical facts — well, they may be but they are laced with the ethnic hatred we have all become used to. To some people it is fine if innocent people from one community are killed for alleged mistakes in the past.

      What difference does it make if people are transported en masse or if they progressively populate a place over a long period of time?

  28. Halisi permalink
    June 18, 2014 3:28 pm

    Writer,
    Were these Kikuyu’s settled on Government land? Was it grabbed by the regime? You dont say much about that.It seems as if your only grievance is the presence of ‘Wabara’ .

    A settlement would only be illegal if legitimate land owners were displaced.If not, I am sorry this is a free country and anyone is entitled to live anywhere they please, and Government can settle people in their own settlement schemes,within the confines of the law.

    • Kranz permalink
      June 18, 2014 5:43 pm

      read this article and you will find your answer:

      http://demokrasia-kenya.blogspot.com/2014/06/oloo-not-surprised-by-mpeketoni-tragedy.html

      • Nimesema permalink
        June 18, 2014 6:54 pm

        Oloo is a declared railaphile pretending to be a democrat. The real reason is political power and county allocation, the immigrants have multiplied and have the numbers to make political decisions but incidentally those numbers are what allows lamu county to get a huge chunk of CDF / county allocation

    • Nimesema permalink
      June 18, 2014 6:48 pm

      I pointed out earlier this was forest land these settlers were kicked out of TZ after the fall of EA community and were literally dumped in a forest with their belongings in a carton thus “mpe katoni” but if we are to deal with historical injustices let the arabs go back to Oman , return uasin gishu to the maasai, westlands, lavington, gigiri, runda to kiambu and the rest of nairobi to the maasai. lets not be selective about “historical injustices”

  29. Kigo kare permalink
    June 18, 2014 3:33 pm

    Let me dissect for you the chronology of ‘Rwanda in the making’…

    When the first canon is fired, you will celebrate and bay for ‘their’ blood. Reports will start trickling in that some enemies have been killed in Coast, Rift Valley and the shanties in Nairobi, this will turn your celebration into… a frenzy.

    4 days later, the mood will change, no longer getting the basic provisions such as food, your celebration will be cut short to attend to more urgent matters, that is, fending for yourself. 2 weeks down the line, when your energy levels have ebbed to the lowest, reports will reach you that your enemy has regrouped and is coming for your neck and that of your loved ones. You will now abandon the quest for food to that of saving your own life. International news media will show you, and your kin, carrying mattresses heading to a safe haven, most likely a church.

    You will reach the church and much to your horror, find thousands of people, many from your perceived enemy tribe also camped there, fighting for the little provisions donated by the UN. That night it will rain heavily and exposed, hungry, scared and nursing a deep machete wound on your most loved one’s forehead, the slow realities of ‘Rwanda in the making’ will start sinking in.

    If you are still surviving one month down the line, 30kgs down from your usual weight, you will start wondering who is fighting who, since the camp is cosmopolitan and you are all fighting for basic survival not caring who comes from which tribe. But that’s just the beginning. The next day, your camp will be raided, 5 of your loved ones will be slaughtered and you will be lucky to escape with a bullet wound on your right leg. UN will now heap you into lorries and transfer you to another camp. In excruciating pain and feverish from your infected leg, the second reality of war will hit you: what the hell is the fight all about?

    You will die 3 days later, from neglect really since people around you are so used to seeing others die to bother about your feeble groans from your leaking tent. 4 months later, corpses, including yours, will be buried in a mass grave as the lieutenants that started the war sit at a table in some hotel in Kampala to craft another ‘power-sharing’ deal. There will be relative calm as the vultures enjoy the spoils of war, the politicians will be back to their cosy offices… My point is, when the drums of war are sounded, everyone is a theoretical winner but the reality is so different a few months later. What’s more, war does not guarantee equality, it dehumanizes and traumatizes people.

    Every little thing you’ve worked for goes… I will leave you with this, tribe is not your enemy, people that sit in ivory towers from all political divide and subdue you are. Change will come when you start demanding accountability right from your county upwards. Have a blessed and peaceful day.”

    Via Fred Gori

    • osanya faith permalink
      June 18, 2014 4:27 pm

      like ur post,gud advice to kenyans

      • Kigo kare permalink
        June 18, 2014 5:01 pm

        The fact is despite all the problems we have Kenya is still one of the better places to live in Africa However our petty differences, greed corruption are all conspiring to put an end to that. We only have one Kenya there is no spare one

    • Kranz permalink
      June 18, 2014 5:45 pm

      we have all the history to learn from, but we are stubborn and ignorant.

    • Choppa permalink
      June 18, 2014 10:08 pm

      This is deep, my apologies but i’m sharing this.

  30. Njuguna Muhoreri permalink
    June 18, 2014 3:42 pm

    I have been to Lamu and there are massive (i repeat massive) swathes of forest land leading to Mpeketoni and from Mpeketoni to Lamu. What have the indigenous people who are complaining of the single area that people were transplanted to done with it? This is a simple case of looking at your neighbours plate and complaining that its bigger than yours whilst you haven’t served food and gone hungry. Enough said!

    • asim permalink
      June 18, 2014 5:20 pm

      Njuguna..we also have Aberdares and Karura forests untouched…why not settle them there?

      • June 19, 2014 9:26 am

        @Asim. You are the kind of ignorant Kenyans that make me cringe. Are you alluding a gazetted public land (game park etc) belong to the Kikuyus just because its in central province? Should we then go ahead and share Lake Victoria into fishponds and give each Luo a piece bcoz its in Nyanza, close up Nairobi game park and share is among the Kamba, kikuyu and Maasai because it neighbors them, give each turkana family an oilwell since the oilfiends are in Turkana? etc etc

  31. Patrice mokovi permalink
    June 18, 2014 4:28 pm

    So does it mean that Nairobi should only be inhabited by the Maasai community? all the luos in kibera should go back 2 kisumu…that is what you are trying to mean…! Who owns Kenya?? huo uchunguzi wako pelekea watoto wako!
    It is afta the kikuyuz developed the land whch was just a bare dry track of land,u come back claiming your land.Tell walamu 2 work hard 2 meet the standards of the kikuyuz living in mpeketoni

  32. said abdalla said permalink
    June 18, 2014 5:17 pm

    kenya belongs to different tribe, let us analyse why it is only one tribe which benefits in wholesale settlement. when it comes it comes to settment , plse let it benefits all kenyans . no one is more kenyan than the other. Arabs who are no longer there now, did no come here 1,000 years back to setlle in wholesale nor were they being send.. they were merchants, travellers, and not all were rich. in the dhows , all calibre of workers were there
    and when they dock, they were free in the town. they married locals, even 2day when ships come men roam around the town looking for ladies.. on those days, dhows did not ve machines , they depend on moonsoon wind . in which sometimes the BAHARIA(sailors) can stay in towns more than year. THERE ARE NO ARABS IN KENYA ANYMORE. it is only the combination of the sailors and the locals….

  33. sungurA permalink
    June 18, 2014 8:37 pm

    injustice in this country will automatically drive kenya to a new super Rwanda of 1994! I can foresee a revolution in the future owing to the current state of unfair distribution of national resources. with this trend, there’s no doubt that one day, 07/08 will look like a child’s play. watch this space!

    • June 19, 2014 9:33 am

      Yea I agree SungurA. Uja ujanja kama wa Sungura. The national resources are unfairly distributed. That`s why all roads in Kisumu and Nyanza in general are untarmacked, there is no electricity there. They use paraffin tin lamps and when the counties are getting funded, those in areas which are not pro govt get their allocation in Zimbabwean currency. Very unfair indeed.

      • June 19, 2014 11:12 am

        Honestly which Nyanza are you talking about? We are on good tarmac and elec. Do I invite you to Siaya? I have no problem with you buying a plot there, if you can afford – only that as you make hay, you don’t despite the locals who will have allowed you to integrate with them. Make sure you integrate!

  34. Sumeiyya Shahali permalink
    June 18, 2014 10:11 pm

    It’s a well researched piece,, it advocates solemly for preaching human rights for the genuine inhabitants of Lamu county,and that the previous government did put a wrong move based on implemented action of geographical displacement….brilliant!!!

  35. Yakub permalink
    June 19, 2014 12:10 am

    This article claims to have been written in 2011, yet its talking about president Uhuru?

    • June 19, 2014 2:28 pm

      Where does it refer to him as “president”? I just did a simple “find” on my chrome browser and the word “president” is used only once in this whole PAGE. And that’s in YOUR comment!

  36. June 19, 2014 11:23 am

    Tribalism is for fools, yes fools. I have been a fool before to be tribal thinking that Kikuyus this and kikuyus that. But i know for a fact that i can be a businessman if i choose and success is there waiting for us, all of us equally. We say they are favoured and when we see their drinking problem and poverty, we laugh. Tribalism is for fools. Leaders from other tribes can help their people bridge the gap by helping them get into enterprise (not useless rallies). That is the problem. When a community is largely seen to be succeeding, we hate (Somalis for example) not knowing the risks they take and the challenges they undergo (constant threat of being auctioned etc). Let us live in peace and know that even with the historical injustices, my actions today can help bridge the gap if i take my chances. Its upto each one of us. Hate is the cheap route. Hate is almost a preserve of failures and those with inferiority complex. Its the truth, if we want to start healing we have to start being real and get working. Infact time spent on sending this post is money lost. When you start your business, thats when you will know that there are no tribes-you will have customers from all tribes and you will thankfully take their money. The leadership in Lamu should take steps to bridge the gap in the livelihood of their people, that way they do not feel disenfranchised and want to cross the body to seek early death.

    • Roger Delenz permalink
      June 19, 2014 4:03 pm

      How true! hate is the cheap route and is the preserve of failures. Kenyans should see themselves as Kenyans and each of us should learn to chart our individual paths if we want to progress. Tribe is just an angle that is exploited by our so called political leaders to achieve their own selfish ends. As much as there is historical injustice in the form of Mzee Kenyatta not giving back land recovered from the white settlers to the original inhabitants, we must not turn against each other as that will never achieve anything in our favour. As Kenyans, we could put all our energy in demanding that the leadership puts right the wrongs that were committed in the past. This we can only achieve if we are united in purpose as a people.

    • June 20, 2014 5:28 pm

      The most sensible Kenyan I have heard In a long time, deserving my comment. I have looked at the west especially the US where almost 99% of the so called citizens are in fact aliens who went there, worked hard in very harsh weather and terrain conditions; a huge number loosing their lives, to make the beautiful country everyone in the world would want to live in. The hard fact to the walamu, their political insighters and Kenyans kwa jumla, good life belongs to the hard workers whether you like it or not; go back to the Bible and see the instructions given to all of us: go into the world, be fruitful and multiply (kata musitu, lima, look for mbegu, panda, cultivate, harvest, store, chunga, market while eating, tec, etc, etc,). My friends, mkizaa, please find out how to feed, it is the part your tribesmen and government shall never do for you ever!!!!!!! While you politic, andamana and otherwise, some fellow is still making an extra shilling that you will later insinuate that they were give or stole; misinformed, ignorant, imagined historical injustices. Come back home with me and wake up to the reality of the fact that, the whole of Kenya was given away to the British by some western forces or I do not know who…., who worked land, forbearing malaria and all manner of animals that infested your msitus, built infrastructures, schools, hospitals etc; I do not hear them (maandamano, mapambano guys) telling the local kaburus to go back to the UK or wherever. Our maandamano, mapambano political leadrership is so narrow minded and maybe leading the same kind of mob!!!!!! Nothing will/shall ever be for free; it’s all in the lies of your leaders, Oh Kenyans. Wakenya amkeni twende kazi; we will be obeying God and in consequence earning a justified, dignified living. Sweat tastes great my friends. I have no ancestral inheritance but seriously borne again and happily living in NRB earning a hard living like most of you, but continually giving thanks to God for the gift of life and my great land Kenya, whatever the leadership; they are my tribesmen, corrupt and all, but I cannot dare cast the first stone and woe to whoever does it. Lets work together with them, changing them at every opportunity until we reach some sense of sanity; we will make it some day, if Jesus tarries. Nawaombea, Niombeeni pia. We are a country of destiny, let’s not throw out the baby with the water in the bucket!!!!

  37. George permalink
    June 19, 2014 1:25 pm

    Lamu, Lamu talk… What are the Amus doing with the rest of the constituencies/ sub-counties development wise, other than Mpe-Carton. It is a fact that these Amus are getting Title Deeds and selling off their land. Lamu is set to grow into a major city in the next few years. Let everyone, including Amus prepare to reap the benefits.

  38. thothian highlim permalink
    June 20, 2014 7:22 pm

    Just get these kikuyu exploiters back to central

    • The one permalink
      June 24, 2014 12:42 pm

      …….if only that would be possible….

  39. Kenya1 permalink
    June 20, 2014 8:36 pm

    Three years later, the hate against the Kikuyus bubbles up methinks your hateful rhetoric against Kikuyus calling all the tribes against them is to blame. Most of your articles are borderline tribalist.

  40. Kenya1 permalink
    June 20, 2014 8:40 pm

    Hate speech 101. “all vs one” three years too late

  41. freddy permalink
    March 20, 2015 10:51 am

    in my opinion,noise making on tribes living in a foreign locality within the same country doesn’t count,in the wake of social integration and diversity as a whole.what is more important is to embrace dynamic minds in good will to solve the imminent problems facing us.

  42. Kubs permalink
    February 8, 2017 2:27 pm

    Fuck you and your ideological nonsense. Small brainer. Tembea nchi ufunguke macho kama kutembea dunia imekushinda.

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