Article By Isaac Newton Kinity
President Jomo Kenyatta, a Kikuyu, led Kenya for about 15 years, from 1963 to 1978, before he died. President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, a Kalenjin, was his Vice President for 12 years from 1967 to 1978, before becoming President of Kenya for 24 years from 1978 to 2002. Hon. Emilio Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, served President Moi as his Vice President, for 10 years from 1978 to 1988. Dr. Joseph Karanja, a Kikuyu, served as Vice President of President Moi for two years, from 1988 to 1989.
Then. President Emilio Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, was President of Kenya for ten years, from 2002 to 2012. After that, President Uhuru Kenyatta, a Kikuyu, took over from President Mwai Kibaki, and he will finish his second term in 2022 after serving for ten years. His Deputy President for the ten years has been Dr. William Ruto, a Kalenjin.
Since 1963 when Kenya attained Independence from Colonialists, out of all 59 years from 1963 up to this day, only two communities, the Kalenjins and the Kikuyus, have dominated the position of the President of Kenya for 59 years. Therefore, for the entire 59 years, no other community in Kenya, except for the Kikuyu and the Kalenjin communities, has produced a President in Kenya. The Kikuyu community has held the position of President for a total of 35 years since Independence. The Kalenjin Community has held the position of the President of Kenya for a total of 24 years since Independence.
The Kalenjins have held the position of Vice President of Kenya for 22 years, while the Kikuyus have held that same position for a total period of 12 years. I sincerely do not see the reason why all the other communities in Kenya have not found it strange, the two communities in Kenya, the Kalenjins and the Kikuyus, have had a total of 59 years of Presidency out of the 59 years of Independence in Kenya, and I also fail to understand why all the other communities in Kenya have not found it strange for those two communities, the Kalenjin and the Kikuyu, to have had a total of 34 years of Vice Presidency, out of 59 years of the Independence of Kenya.
A President from another community is part of the change needed and can be part of the transformation required in Kenya today. Has it been out of ignorance or dumbness in those other communities? or has it been out of having been misled by their leaders, that they have not been reasoning, why for 59 years only Kikuyus and the Kalenjin have produced Presidents for the Republic of Kenya which has 43 different Communities? Or has been out of the rigging of the elections that someone from another community in Kenya, has never had a chance to be President in Kenya? It is high time those other communities reason together and support one Kenyan from a community that has not produced a President since the Independence of Kenya in 1963. In this way, we can see whether corruption in Kenya can be minimized or ended altogether, or whether one man, one vote one shilling can work in Kenya.
Dr. Isaac Newton Kinity
Former Secretary General
Kenya Civil Servants Union and Chairman
Kikimo Foundation for Corruption and Poverty Eradication.