3419We grieve Dennis Kimambo
- Apr 30, 2013I read today on Facebook that Dennis Kimambo, so wonderfully active in
our Pyramid of Peace, http://www.pyramidofpeace.net, and a creative
force in Kenya's community theatre, REPACTED, has been killed. It is a
This tragedy is greatly unexpected. But I wish all of our participants
in Kenya to be alert to any signs for concern. I know of intimidation
against former participants this year which seems related to the recent
elections and the victory of the current President Uhuru Kenyatta (a
Kikuyu) and Vice President William Ruto (a Kalenjin), who have been both
charged by the International Criminal Court.
It was clear to me then, as I wrote publicly then, and discussed with
Dennis and others as well, that the violence was not fueled only by
anger or revenge, but was being consciously instigated by political
thugs, both Kikuyu and Kalenjin, even in collaboration, as if they were
seeking a genocide that would alter Kenya in their favor.
I don't know of the situation in Kenya nowadays. But please, if you
live in Kenya, be mindful and stay in touch with those you knew then,
and us, too.
I was always so grateful to God that we all survived that time of great
violence even as we risked our lives and those of our friends. It was
important that we worked publicly and with open hearts. I encourage us
to continue in that way, taking many small risks, so we can help each
other, rather than large risks.
It is mean that Dennis has been killed.
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I wrote on Facebook:
I am sad to learn that Dennis was killed, if I understand correctly. We
never met in person, but we worked together as two of the leaders of the
Pyramid of Peace to avert genocide in Kenya after the 2008 elections.
You can read our interactions online at http://www.pyramidofpeace.net He
was truly a great man, in character, deeds, creativity and love for all
people. I don't know any details of his death, and it may simply be a
crime, but he is a person who was central in appreciating in 2008 that
there were people, I think both Kikuyu and Kalenjin, instigating
genocide, (much as in Rwanda), and his bold, creative, loving leadership
was a key to their failure. He is a key person whose death could have
been politically motivated, for example, to keep him from testifying at
an international tribunal. I don't know the situation in Kenya since
then, and I hoped it was better, but I say this to inform those who
might not know. In any event, his loss is great for himself and his
family, but also for Kenya and the world.
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