There is no doubt that ethnic issues have caused many problems in Kenya. Tribalism is one of the critical factors that has resulted in hatred among Kenyans. I am a witness to this because I was brought up in a province where the majority of residents belong to one dominant tribe. For this reason, when political tension begins one tribe fights with another.
Tribalism and employment
When you visit many public institutions, you will realize that the majority of people working there are from a specific ethnic group. Some people say that they got jobs there due to connections they had from people of their tribe.
This is not only evident in the Rift Valley but also other provinces with certain dominant tribes. Someone from a different ethnic background cannot get a job there unless they have a special connection.
The same applies to politics. People tend to choose presidential candidates because they belong to a particular tribe instead of based on their performance. This has led to many problems in Kenya.
President Uhuru’s remarks against tribalism
President Uhuru attended the wedding of the Meru Governor, Honorable Kiraitu Murungi’s daughter. Kenyatta was impressed with the union of the two who belonged to different ethnic groups.
“We celebrate the coming together of our people. This generation is doing a tremendous thing because they do not see barriers amongst them. They see the person they went to school with and the person they work with. That is whom they respect. That is who they fall in love with and marry,” Said President Kenyatta.
As President Kenyatta wished the newly wedded couple a happy marriage, he advised the youth to be the basis of a better future.
What does this mean for Kenya’s future?
This message carries a lot of gravity. It is the youth who will shape the future. If the youth forget about tribalism, it means that the future generation will not experience the problems associated with tribalism like political violence and corruption.