Tribalism was introduced in Kenya during the second reign to manipulate the public and help the minority to remain in power –divide and rule. This practice was invented by high-ranking officials who did not want Kenyans to have one voice. They did it for power, without knowledge of the consequences thereafter.
Tribal hatred was cultivated and nurtured through unequal distribution of national resources and ethnic politics. As a result, the voice of the mighty crowd -Kenyans- was reduced to a few courageous Kenyans who held on their stand for freedom of speech and expression.
The birth of multiparty gave light to a new beginning. With majority of people seeming so united, the government felt a pinch and formulated a new measure to counter the multiparty wave. Through Harambees, the government initiated fund-raising projects targeting only regions likely to fall into the trap. Close allies benefited much in this scheme, but rivalry among communities intensified. Marginalized regions carried the burden, with some bowing before the leaders for help.
Tough as it was, scramble for left-overs was, and still is going on with majority sweating for nothing. It became clear that struggling is the best way to survive, something which give rise to public looting and stashing public resources in foreign countries.
Corruption in public and private sector is just the effect of scramble for limited public resources. With no credible measures being taken to combat this evil-malpractice-, Kenyans have no choice but to hope for better leadership. The worst is, people vying for public posts have been involved or in one time mentioned in multimillion scums in the country.
The future for Kenya remains in darkness, recycling of corrupt leaders is like destiny. They have money to draw the crowd, they have a voice to promise heavens on Earth, they have power to use crass-root forces for their own benefits, and they have people who love them even though they are dirty. This is the reality, the reason Kenya’s fight of corruption will never be won in near future.
The easiest way to end these two vices: Corruption and Tribalism is to start from the root cause, which is, proper distribution of national resources. This could lead us to tackle to tribalism and then corruption will fade away they way it came in our society. Unfortunately, we have people in power who feels otherwise. They have an umbrella (tribal affiliation) to hide their evil practices.