(President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family)
We in Kenya have always been given the impression that tribalism and racism are amongst Kenya’s biggest problems. Below are some interesting contradictions:
Jimmy Kibaki, a Kikuyu, is the eldest son of Kenya’s third President Mwai Kibaki, and Jimmy is married to a Kenyan Asian, a Goan known as Sheila. When Jimmy and Sheila got married in 1991, in attendance at their wedding was Kenya’s second President Daniel T. arap Moi;
Jeff Koinange, a Kikuyu, is also married to a Kenyan Asian, a Goan. Jeff is the grandson of Senior Chief Koinange wa Mbiyu, who was a wealthy and powerful Chief in Colonial Kenya. Two of Jeff’s uncles were also wealthy, powerful and feared individuals in Jomo Kenyatta’s Kenya, namely; Mbiyu Koinange, a Minister of State in Jomo Kenyatta’s Kenya, and Charles Karuga Koinange, a Provincial Commissioner in Jomo Kenyatta’s Kenya;
Peter Habenga Okondo, a “Mwana” that is a Luhyia, was a Cabinet Minister in Daniel T. arap Moi’s Kenya, and Okondo’s wife was White. Peter Habenga Okondo was also a partner in the 1970s and 1980s in one of Kenya’s most successful real estate firms ever, the Tysons Habenga;
Kipyator Nicholas Kiprono arap Biwott (K.N.K. Biwott), a Keiyo, was a powerful and feared Cabinet Minister in Daniel T. arap Moi’s Kenya, and Biwott’s first wife is a Jew from Israel. Biwott and his Israeli wife met in Australia in the 1960s when Biwott was pursuing his Masters Degree. At Biwott’s funeral in 2017, his Israeli wife even addressed the gathering briefly in Kiswahili, the Lingua Franca of East and Central Africa;
Prof. Sam Ongeri, a Kisii, was a Cabinet Minister in Daniel T. arap Moi’s Kenya and Mwai Kibaki’s Kenya, and is the current Senator for Kisii County, Kenya. Prof. Sam Ongeri was also part of a distinguished team of medics, under the guidance of legendary South Africa cardiologist Dr. Christiaan Barnard, that performed a successful heart transplant on a Kenyan girl in 1977 at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya, a Kenyan girl who is still alive and is now a fully grown woman. Prof. Ongeri’s wife is a Kikuyu, and is a sister to James Kanyotu, Director of the Directorate of Security Intelligence (“Special Branch”) in Jomo Kenyatta’s Kenya and Daniel T. arap Moi’s Kenya;
Michael Rannerberger, a “Mzungu” that is, a White, was America’s ambassador to Kenya in the 2000s and 2010s. Amb. Rannerberger is married to a Kenyan lady, a Maasai;
Michael Kijana Wamalwa, a “Mwana” that is, a Luhyia, served briefly as Kenya’s 8th Vice-President in 2003. Michael Kijana Wamalwa’s first wife was a Kikuyu, a sister of Dr. Njoroge Mungai. Dr. Njoroge Mungai was a powerful and feared Cabinet Minister in Jomo Kenyatta’s Kenya, a personal physician of Jomo Kenyatta, and also a one time Chairman of the giant Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC);
Barack Hussein Obama Senior was a Luo from Kenya’s Nyanza Province. Barack Hussein Obama’s second and third wives were White Americans who he met during his studies in the United States namely; Ann Dunham, mother of the legendary Barack Hussein Obama Junior, 44th President of the United States of America, and Ruth Ndessanjo, mother of Mark Okoth Obama, and Mark’s late brother David;
Dr. J.G. Kiano, a Kikuyu, was a powerful and feared Cabinet Minister in Jomo Kenyatta’s Kenya and Chairman of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) in Daniel T. arap Moi’s Kenya. Dr. J.G. Kiano also holds the distinction of being the first Black Kenyan to attain a doctorate degree in 1954 from the University of California at Berkely. Dr. J.G. Kiano’s first wife was a Black American/African-American;
JJ Masiga, a “Mwana” that is a Luhyia, was in the1980s, a star striker for Kenya’s National Football Team “Harambee Stars” and a star striker too in the 1980s for Kenya’s AFC Leopards, in the days that AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia Football Club reigned supreme in Kenyan football. Masiga was also a gifted rugby player and appeared at least once in the 1980s for the then invitational Kenyan rugby team, Watembezi Pacesetters. Masiga’s wife is a Luo, a dentist like him. Both met in the 1970s at the University of Nairobi’s School of Dentistry;
Charles Mugane Njonjo (“Sir Charles”), a Kikuyu, was Kenya’s Attorney-General in Jomo Kenyatta’s Kenya and Daniel T. arap Moi’s Kenya, and also served as Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Daniel T. arap Moi’s Kenya. “Sir Charles” has been married to a White lady since 1972 i.e. Margaret Njonjo nee Bryson. “Sir Charles” is still alive and turned 100 years old this past January 2020;
Fidel Odinga (RIP), named after Cuba’s legendary Fidel Castro, was a Luo, and the eldest son of veteran Kenyan politician Raila Odinga, Kenya’s Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013. Fidel’s first wife was a Kikuyu and his second wife was an Ethiopian;
Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta, a Kikuyu, was based in Europe from 1931 and 1946, during which time he met and got married to a White British lady called Edna Grace Clarke. Jomo and Edna had a son called Peter Magana Kenyatta, who is still alive, aged 75 and based in the United Kingdom;
Kenya’s current President is Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, a Kikuyu, and a son of Jomo Kenyatta with Jomo’s fourth wife Ngina. President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta’s wife, the current Kenyan First Lady Margaret Wanjiru Kenyatta, is of mixed race that is, her father was Dr. E.N. Gakuo, Chairman of the giant Kenya Railways Corporation in Jomo Kenyatta’s Kenya, and her mother was a White German;
Jeni Wambui Kenyatta, a Kikuyu, is Jomo Kenyatta’s daughter with his third wife Grace Wanjiku nee Koinange. Jeni’s first husband Udi Gecaga, is a step son of Dr. B.M. Gecaga, who was Chairman of B.A.T. Kenya Limited in Jomo Kenyatta’s Kenya and Daniel T. arap Moi’s Kenya. Dr. B.M. Gecaga was a Kikuyu, but Udi Gecaga’s biological father was a Kenyan Somali. Udi Gecaga is fluent in both Somali and Kikuyu, but strictly speaking Udi is a Somali, not a Kikuyu. Jeni’s second husband was a Luo, a well to do dentist who had a successful dentistry practice in Nairobi’s Central Business District;
Christina Wambui Kenyatta-Pratt, a Kikuyu, is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s eldest sister. Christina has for many years now been married to Victor Pratt, a well to do businessman from Liberia;
Nyokabi Kenyatta-Muthama is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s younger sister. Nyokabi has for many years now been married to Charles Muthama, a Kamba and a pilot;
Senator Gideon Moi, a Tugen, is the youngest son of Kenya’s second President Daniel T. arap Moi. Gideon’s wife, Zahra, is a Kenyan Somali;
One of Gideon Moi’s older brothers, Maj. Philip Moi, was for many years married to a “Mzungu”, a White lady, though both are now getting divorced;
Gideon Moi’s oldest brother Jonathan Toroitich (RIP), was married to a Kamba;
There you have it, tribe and race, strictly speaking, cannot be said to be “an organic problem” in Kenya that is tribe and race, strictly speaking, are “a generic problem” in Kenya.
In addition, it can be said that women worldwide approach “falling in love” much more seriously than men do that is your mother did not “fall in love” with your father simply because he was a “cute good looking guy” like for instance, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood or Al Pacino, but because she noted potential, promise and a future in him. The above 20 Kenyan examples are an illustration of this. It’s called survival.
All Kenyan tribes and Kenya’s three main races can and should learn from this that your mother did not “fall in love” with your father simply because they were from the same tribe or simply because they were from the same race.
Strictly speaking there is no “Love” in this world and “Love” is actually like the Coronavirus meaning, if you do not have the right “Love” credentials you will be “Locked down, and placed in both a quarantine and a curfew.” Nothing personal, just business, just survival.
Let us lock down and quarantine tribalism and racism in Kenya.