Kenya continues to bleed
There is no ending the Kenyan violence, which continues to make news frequently, mindless of what the political leaders are doing and what the world media is writing on it. There has been a continuing spiral of killings ever since the presidential election results came out. The conflict has further taken a murderous turn with inter-racial clashes and riots turning the country into a bloody field. With the assassination of another lawmaker, the situation is expected to bleed further. What is the international community doing?
The Kenyan violence has taken a sad turn, with the number of killings and mass murders increasing on a daily basis. The bloodshed has spared none, be it the common man or opposition leaders. The Kenyans attribute the current volatile political situation to the government that is sitting dumb despite such a mass massacre. Further, the killing of the two opposition leaders in a week has further aggravated the explosive situation, with the government dubbing the murder as not politically inspired, while the people ruling out the government’s statement and seeing the government hand behind the assassination of their leaders.
The Kenyans dub the latest presidential election in December as rigged and deny to admit the government as legal, thereby, giving rise to such a havocking situation full of open bloodshed, riots and violence. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon has pleaded for interference from the world community to help Kenya emerge from this ever-rising bloodshed, primarily called ethnic cleansing in Kenya. The fight for survival and gaining an upper hand over the other is raging between the Kalenjin and Kikuyus, where the former is hell-bent on dragging the later out of the Rift Valley citing Kenya as its ancestral land, forcing thousands to desert their homes and hearths merely running for their lives.
Kenya holds the place of one of the most peaceful nations in the world and deserves to be the same. But, it will not be possible unless the ethnic cleansing spree of whoever it is, be it the government or the dominant races in the country, comes to a halt.
Last year, Kenya led from the front to bring about a compromise between the leaders from northern and southern African nations. The western media even hailed the country as the most foreign investment-friendly in eastern Africa. But the violence has decimated the burgeoning tourism industry and the world’s largest slum in Nairobi has turned into a vagabond’s heaven. The political dissent has shattered the economic might and threatened to push back Kenya to the 1950s, when it was amongst the poorest countries. Are Kibaki and the leaders opposing him ready to see the country languishing in darkness severing ties with civility and thereby costing huge loss to the national interest.