Muirani’s Kenya Peace Initiative Faces Challenge from Kamau
I pray that KSB publishes this letter. I know it can be sensitive but please, allow me some space. Secondly, I know it might not be accepted by some people but my conscience compelled me to write it because I feel something burning in my chest. My name is Kamau, I live in Stockholm and I am a devout Christian who attends church services every Sunday at one of the congregations in Stockholm. I read about the Peace initiative by Mr. Samuel Muirani, Antony Muraya and Jared Odero with a lot of interest. Although Kenyans in Stockholm are known to be talkers, very few are doers. The Muirani initiative is one of the best initiatives to have come from a Kenyan in Stockholm and I do believe that it deserves support. However, there is one big issue that remained largely unanswered about the project.
There has been a lot of tension in Stockholm especially between Luos and Kikuyus. If you have been attending social functions, Luos and Kikuyus are the majority tribes in Kenya Stockholm but usually, very few Luos attend “Kikuyu” functions while very few Kikuyus usually attend “Luo” functions.
I am a Kikuyu and the politics of Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga has completely separated Luos from Kikuyus. Although I don’t know what happens in the Luo camp, I know of Kikuyus who openly admit that they hate Luos because Luos are uncircumcised while they also claim that Luos are the main problem in Kenya because they never get satisfied in politics because they want to lead Kenya. Kikuyus with Luo friends and Luos with Kikuyu friends are well known to Kenyans in Stockholm.
There are few Kikuyus-Luos with inter-ethnic friends but I don’t have to mention them. These friendships give hope that it is possible to fight tribalism regardless of what is happening in Kenya. However, the inner truth is that many Kikuyus in Stockholm do not have friends from other ethnic groups and vice versa because of tribalism.
I am sorry to say this but I found Muirani’s agenda of travelling to Kenya to spread peace a bit suspicious because Muirani’s name has come up in several situations that promote division, not unity in Stockholm. He was a member of a Church in Bargamossen that broke up and although I know what happened, I won’t say it here because that is not the intention.
Then there was the Church at Kärtorp in which Muirani was involved and it also broke up because of dirty church politics. Muirani joined active religion recently and during that period, there has been chaos in the industry. When Pastor Karanja was coming to Stockholm, Muirani disagreed with the organizers who pulled out of the project. A Christian Union that was set up by Muirani and Ofore and a Sofie broke up because of of politics. Every Kenyan with ears on the ground knows about these developments so I am not raising new issues. It’s only that Kenyans do not want to talk about them for some reason. How can Muirani now be the peace maker?
I might be wrong but my take is that Muirani could have began his mission by seeking to reconcile the warring ethnic groups in Stockholm before moving to Kenya. This is because charity begins at home and you cannot leave your house burning to rush to save the house of another person before putting off the fire in your own house. Where has Muirani been?
I am asking these questions honestly, not to undermine Muirani but to seek good answers. As Kenyans, we pretend a lot while we do not talk when necessary. That is why we suffer. The intention is good but what are the real intentions?