3387Re: Responses to Kenya: Saitoti's death and the coming battle - Chilling analysis by Richard Dowden - Director, RAS
- Jun 23, 2012Pamela, Ken, Dan, I appreciate and share your concern about preparing for
the upcoming elections in Kenya. Andrius Kulikauskas, ms@...
> Ken and Dan (I have copied your emails below - and my original one)
> Your responses go to my heart.
> When is the election? How much time do we have?
> We know the enemy - it is political division on tribal lines. (plus the
> continual underlying enemies - poverty, unemployment and ignorance).
> We know our weapons from last time - they are trust and communication
> across tribal divisions, plus many extra ingredients of personal courage,
> resourcefulness, and other attributes.
> We know from last time that we need allies and resources.
> Forewarned is forearmed. We should not waste whatever time is left to us.
> How can we best prepare our weapons? Where do we find our allies and
> On 23 June 2012 15:57, <nafsiafricaacro@...> wrote:
>> Dear Pam,
>> I read your posting and gets a deep gut feeling and fear of the nearing
>> General election in Kenya.
>> As the late Honourable Saitoti said " if we let Kenya succumb into the
>> blood shed like it happened in the 2007 post election violence, we will
>> a shame to the whole world and will be a constant blame by the future
>> His words and such articles shared by you, should echo a reminder to us
>> that we lost most of our fellow brothers and sisters (killed by their
>> and we survived the skirmishes.
>> Giving a chance to another one would be opening a death hole to our own
>> I may be a victim of the next one, my life would be claimed in the next
>> It is our deep prayer that peace prevail in Kenya.
>> Ken Owino
>> Nafsi Africa Acrobats
>> Sent from IPhone
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Dan Otedo <dotedo@...>
> Date: 18 June 2012 09:32
> Subject: Re: [learningfromeachother] Kenya: Saitoti's death and the coming
> battle - Chilling analysis by Richard Dowden - Director, RAS
> To: "email@example.com" <
> Very very true.
> Its always nice to have someone from outside Kenya helping us to reflect
> what could very possibly happen.
> I DREAD the election year.
> Dan OTEDO
> *Kenya ICT Trust Fund**.* P.O box 8475-00100 Nairobi.
> Tel: +254203745911 .Mobile:+254720366094
> Email: dotedo@...
>> Den 17/06/2012 kl. 16.49 skrev Pamela McLean <pam54321@...>
>> I'm sharing this article on Kenya: Saitoti's death and the coming
>> a heavy heart
>> I have copied parts of the article below which struck a particular
>> reminding me of all that happened in 2007/2008:
>> - the straight-from-the-heart response of the Minciu Sodas community
>> when we discovered that our friends in Kenya were in trouble
>> - the amazing courage, fortitude, creativity and determination of the
>> Kenyans, in Minciu Sodas and the wider Pyramid of Peace network,
>> during the
>> post election violence.
>> Pyramid of Peace activists played an unacknowledged role in reducing the
>> impact of the violence, and in peace building and conflict resolution.
>> The article states "In 2008 the main wars were in Western Province
>> (Luoland) where (Kikuyu) police shot down Luo protesters, around Eldoret
>> where Kikuyu immigrants were burned out of their homes and murdered by
>> Kalenjin, and in Nairobi where battles took place in the poor slum areas
>> between different ethnic groups."
>> Dear Pyramid of Peace Friends in Kenya - I remember how you were so
>> in those locations. I remember the heart-rending details that you were
>> sending the rest of us in Minciu Sodas about what was happening - and
>> you refused to be divided by tribal loyalties. I remember too how the
>> relationships that you had between each other reached across tribal
>> boundaries. When there were attempts to push you into tribal divisions
>> stood firm. Your deep trust relationships enabled you to plan together
>> then go to your own tribal elders and persuade them to influence the
>> warring youths. On top of that you were working with displaced people,
>> were helping individuals, you were responding to whatever needed a
>> given the limitation of financial support that those of us outside Kenya
>> could send you.
>> Together we were making use of mobile phones, phone credits, the
>> and established relationships of trust in wonderful, innovative and
>> effective ways that maximiesd the potential of ICT (Information and
>> Communication Technologies). We were a community collaborating acting
>> one heart and mind and doing what we could in our own locations in so
>> different countries across Africa, Europe, and America (if I have
>> other locations, please forgive me - and remind me)
>> What lessons did we learn my Minciu Sodas friends, and how can we draw
>> them - to help prevent the horrors that his article suggests could lie
>> Even more importantly, how can we share those lessons? How can we use
>> practical experiences that we had of information sharing, practical on
>> ground responses, and true collaboration achieving results in
>> of terrible violence, horror and need? Who are the people who need to
>> learn the lessons that we learned - and how do we tell them?
>> I feel we can't just wait and let it happen again - but we are not in
>> positions of power or influence - "we are no-one" - what do we do?
>> *Richard Dowden - Director, RAS (Royal African Society) wrote:*
>> "Appealing to and buying tribal loyalty became the name of the game.
>> Kenya is probably now the most tribally divided nation in Africa. No
>> the 2007 election exploded into such violence....
>> ... the Kenyan election is wide open. Victory will go to the person who
>> builds an alliance of tribal leaders. One thing is certain: Luo and
>> will be on opposite sides. Raila Odinga, the Luo leader, will run and
>> elements among the Kikuyu will do anything to stop him becoming
>> For a while I thought that in 2008 Kenyans had reached the edge of the
>> cliff and looked down. They wavered and pulled back. The militants were
>> called off by their paymasters. Kofi Annan was on hand to help. Kenyans
>> seen a future that looked like hell and chose a fudged alliance of
>> That alliance is now falling apart. The new constitution has recreated a
>> Kenya of 47 counties, whose elected governments will be funded by the
>> to spend as they wish. It is, however, likely that a local politician
>> the dominant ethnic group in each county will be playing the ethnic card
>> garner support.
>> .... If politicians play the ethnic card in the next election, this
>> winner-takes-all war could be fought in most of the new counties between
>> any or all of Kenya’s 40-odd ethnic groups." Link to full article on
>> Saitoti's death and the coming battle
>> *More about Pyramid of Peace: *
>> An introduction via Phone for Peace
>> A video of Pyramid of Peace
>> <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vGTiRlR5Ak>Acrobats involved in Nairobi
>> - with pleas for peace by two of the acrobats'
>> leaders at the end , Kennedy Owino (a Luo) and James (a Kikuyu)
>> The Pyramid of Peace Archive <http://www.pyramidofpeace.net/> - full
>> archive of emails, chatroom meetings, forwarded text messages, reports
>> phone conversations and so on as the post election turmoil erupted and
>> friends were caught up in it and struggled to help resolve the situation
>> More about Minciu Sodas <http://www.dadamac.net/network/minciu-sodas>
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