Guest blog post
By Onguso Ochengo
I was once an innocent student sitting in the Senate Boardroom for a lecture by one Prof Peter Anyang Nyong’o.
Then he made a generalized statement: Whenever Kikuyus and Luos work together, Reforms happen and Peace prevails. Whenever Kikuyus and Luos pull apart, instability sets in there’s a reversal in democracy.
I checked history. Before independence, KANU was a Luo-Kikuyu affair. It led to independence.
In 1966 Luo-Kikuyu parted ways leading to tensions in 1969 which further led to Kenya being a de facto one party state.
In 1978, the tensions went on a commercial break as Moi gate crushes the political Kingdom.
In 1989-1991 Luo-Kikuyu join forces, Multi-Partyism is born.
In 2002, Luo-Kikuyu worked together and for the first time we held elections hailed as the freer, fairer and most transparent of all.
In 2005, Luo-Kikuyu parted serving as a building block for the 2007 acrimony. In 2007, let’s not even go there.
In 2010, Luo-Kikuyu worked together, a new Constitutional dispensation was achieved.
In 2013 and 2017 respectively, the Luo-Kikuyu parted and those were the most acrimonious of elections that threatened to tear apart the foundations of our nationhood and the birth of a potent secessionist talk.
Now you have the handshake, granted that the good Professor was right, if the Luo-Kikuyu Union sticks, expect reforms/constitutional changes. If they don’t, expect tension.
Ochengo is a lawyer and political strategist