Thursday, September 03, 2009

Kikuyus for Change, and Kalenjin collective responsibility

It is tolerably clear that the Kalenjin political class arranged the relevant bits of the post-election violence, tolerably clear that they were acting in their capacity as leaders of the Kalenjin nation in doing so, and tolerably clear that there is near-unanimous Kalenjin support for the consequences (if not, perhaps, the means) of PEV. That is why it ought to be conceded that Kalenjin bear collective responsibility for it.

Kikuyus for Change have argued that anti-Kalenjin ethnic bigotry is wrong, and that Kalenjin bear no communal responsibility for PEV. Only one of those things is true, I think.