Kiambu Women Thieves: Is The Kenya Daily Post Anti-Kikuyu?
Two Kiambu women were busted as they tried to hide jericans of cooking oil under their vajeyjeys in a shop-lifting operation gone awry. The news has been reported in The Kenya Daily Post and what is curious is that the paper asks: “What is wrong with Kiambu women?”, a question which, by extension, could be construed to mean that the paper is asking what is wrong with Kikuyu women in general or Wakikuyu in particular. This is because Kiambu is the headquarters of Kikuyus. For any ordinary Kenyan, the act of a woman hiding anything below her vajeyjey in the process of committing the crime called shop-lifting is not just absurd but also pathetic.
The bigger question which has to be asked during these trying moments for Kenya is whether by publishing the photo, and implying that something may be wrong with Kiambu (Kikuyu) women, The Daily Post is not stereotyping Kikuyu women especially those from Kiambu by giving the impression that these women could come up with the most unpredictable scenes ever in the name of making money. Many questions could then follow.
Are all Kiambu women prone to hiding stolen goods under their vajeyjeys or was this an isolated case? In the past, the Kenyan media has projected Nyeri women as “husband beaters” and now, Kiambu women are being portrayed as thieves who specialize in concealing stolen property under one of the most sensitive parts of the female body – the mighty, all powerful and all influential vajeyjey aka “the shrine”.
KSB does not want to get mixed up in the “tribalism arguments” that could be precipitated by the portrayal but another question which could be posed is whether women from other ethnic groups (like the Luo, the Luhya, the Kamba etc) could risk doing what these two women actually did – dishonouring that space below a critical organ by using it as a temporary shelter for stolen property. Remember, if there are no complications, all human beings have to pass through that passage to arrive at what is known by homo-sapiens as “planet earth”.
Needless to say, the fact that these two women engaged in an illegal act which tended to degrade Kiambu women does not mean that all Kiambu women are like them. In Stockholm, I know many women from Kiambu and I can bet my little finger that none of them could ever hide anything right there where the power and glory is suspected to reside. In fact, one has to study the vajeyjey monologues to get it right.
In retrospect, what the Kiambu women did could leave the innocent bystander with one more question. Apart from poverty which may have led these women to engage in such an operation, is it possible that there are women in Kenya who have lost all moral instincts to an extent that they could abuse that sacred position below such an important organ in the female body to hide stolen loot?
There are ethnic chauvinists who will, no doubt, take advantage of such scenarios to project Kikuyu women (or members of the Kikuyu community) as thieves who will do anything to steal anything as long as they want it. Most importantly, this case is coming up at a difficult time when members of the Kikuyu Mafia ruling class (not ordinary Kikuyus suffering with other Kenyans) are being accused of having stolen an election in an attempt to install Uhuru Kenyatta as 4th President. In the minds of members of other ethnic groups who are not gifted with the art of analysis, the Kiambu women story may actually be the final “evidence” that the Kenya 2013 election was actually stolen by the Kikuyu Mafia who control the state machine. In fact, the photo should have been presented to Judges sitting at the Supreme Court as proof that election was stolen. For Kenyans in this league, the argument could be very simple.
If a Kiambu aka Kikuyu woman could hide a stolen property right under her sacred vajeyjey, what can the thieving Kikuyu mafia do with votes (figures) to facilitate a Kikuyu win so that a Kikuyu can take over from another Kikuyu to enable the Kikuyu elite to continue looting the Kenyan economy continuously Kikuyu style? Remember, according to the “House of Mumbi doctrine”, Kenya belongs to Wakikuyu and whether they steal through the vajeyjey or through IEBC, it is allowed as long as the goal is reached.
How I pity the Kikuyu who suffers together with millions of other Kenyans but has to shoulder the burden of being referred to as perpetual thieves! How I loathe for the day that the crimes of the Kikuyu ruling class will not be blamed on the ordinary Kikuyu who sweats if out daily and who has nothing to do with the running of the government! Should the two women now be brought to the ICC to face crimes against vajeyjey, a holy shrine known to be associated with the origin of every life?