Is ethnic strife inevitable in Africa?

Nov 7, 2010 Full story: Global Post 9

Opinion: Competition for scarce resources and jobs at the root of continent's tribal violence.

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Since: Jul 10

Sweden

#1 Nov 7, 2010
Yes, because an ethnic group in essence is what composes a 'Nation' but when different ethnic groups call themselves a nation, that's where trouble starts. Better different dialects of an ethnic grouping to form one nation than different dialects. Battles of dominance and assimilation are an all time instinct tendency and such struggles for supremacy over others lead to ethnic strife, or communism, otherwise known as tribalism
Kwesimsa

Kenya

#2 Nov 8, 2010
There is nothing like ethnic strife in Africa. What is there are people schooled in divisive colonial antics that inflame their respective commonities' passion to thrive in politics. The guys are always happy to claim the societies they come from whenever they are in pursuit of anything, be it political power, wealth, crime, etc. However, Africa is already fast moving out of this circle that had stalled its growth. It must be noted that all this stuff had occured nearly everywhere around the world. So this can not be said to an African thing. Needless to say, in Middle East, enthnic strife has refused to go, given that its now coated with religion.
Jammin

Nairobi, Kenya

#3 Mar 4, 2011
It is the Tower of Babel all over again, please see through whatever differences we have, and realise we only want to live in peace, no matter who we are.
Kwesimsa

Kenya

#4 Mar 15, 2011
Jammin wrote:
It is the Tower of Babel all over again, please see through whatever differences we have, and realise we only want to live in peace, no matter who we are.
If leaders and parties are ever inciting violence and insulting national cohesion, how are we going to get peace? Am sure you have seen how Raila and his party are assualting the sovereignty of this country and still pretend to be patriots. Its hard to imagine how a country should have irrelevant voices all the time. Apart from malice, what do you think makes Raila and his party agrieved? And if he were in the Ocampo Six, would his party write letters to UN insulting the president and Kenyans as a whole? I believe God loves this country and thats why Raila didnt win the last election. He is too soaked in malice to lead the country. His driving force in the matter is not only to eliminate Ruto and Uhuru, but more importantly, to undercut Kalonzo. Infact, he is pretty frightened by Kalonzo's successful shuttle diplomacy. And now that it has started looking like success for the mission is in the offing, Raila is now on panic button. He has lost his senses! Thus, the need to write to UN. However, one wonders how he is going to benefit from his antics since Kenyans alone are going to elect the president in 2012. Ruto and others have already convinced us that Raila is behind their troubles. And Raila on the other hand, has gone to every imaginable length to show us that, indeed thats the case! You therefore ask apart from inciting communities against each other, what can Raila gain from all this? He is simply blind to reality! These are the sort of situations that have been ravaging Africa for far too long. And unless Railas are removed from positions of power, we will always have strife all round.
MsemaUkweli

Bethesda, MD

#5 Oct 18, 2011
@Kwesimsa.
It is dunderheads like you who are the problem. You bring nothing to the table except complaints. And your complaints are not only biased but focused on one individual, Raila. How do you expect kenyans to be together as one yet only you care about is for your own to ascend to power or maintain the status quo?
You claim that "Ruto and others have already convinced us that Raila is behind their troubles. And Raila on the other hand, has gone to every imaginable length to show us that, indeed thats the case!"
Who are the us? What I see here is a fanatical GEMA adherent out to tarnish the name of Raila in the name of ensuring that Uhuru becomes the president, which will not happen.
I do not support Raila or any other politician or that matter. All have fallen short of my meter-of-excellence. However, at this point in time it is clear to us that all that Ruto, Uhuru and co. are fighting for is to preserve the status quo. The like of you "Kwesimsa" will go all the way to portray them as guardian angels. Yet, should they get the mantle of leadership, we shall continue to toil and suffer as has been in the case for the last 48 years. Is this what we really want? The verdict is in your court.
Kwesimsa

Mombasa, Kenya

#6 Oct 20, 2011
MsemaUkweli wrote:
@Kwesimsa.
It is dunderheads like you who are the problem. You bring nothing to the table except complaints. And your complaints are not only biased but focused on one individual, Raila. How do you expect kenyans to be together as one yet only you care about is for your own to ascend to power or maintain the status quo?
You claim that "Ruto and others have already convinced us that Raila is behind their troubles. And Raila on the other hand, has gone to every imaginable length to show us that, indeed thats the case!"
Who are the us? What I see here is a fanatical GEMA adherent out to tarnish the name of Raila in the name of ensuring that Uhuru becomes the president, which will not happen.
I do not support Raila or any other politician or that matter. All have fallen short of my meter-of-excellence. However, at this point in time it is clear to us that all that Ruto, Uhuru and co. are fighting for is to preserve the status quo. The like of you "Kwesimsa" will go all the way to portray them as guardian angels. Yet, should they get the mantle of leadership, we shall continue to toil and suffer as has been in the case for the last 48 years. Is this what we really want? The verdict is in your court.
Obviously you are laden with tribal loyalty and you are only speaking Raila's language. But thats not the problem. The problem happens to be the poison that seems to surround your idol and his folks. Everything else by other people is often ridiculed for no apparent reason, while Raila's do-nothing bravado is highly idolized. I guess thats why huge violence was visited on innocent Kenyans in 2007/8! But now the fraudster is laboring on that and even has audacity to blame the president. Thats happening when Kenyans are supposed to come together behind our military because of the foreign threat we are facing. The fraudster, who prides himself for his treacherous past crimes, has no idea when our patriotism is supposed to override everything else! However, thats not surprising given that the characher in a misguided vile attempt to win the muslim vote, was the first to call for Somalis to be allowed in the country! His sidekick immigration minister even accused the office of president of treating Somalis as security threat! The minister surely doesnt know whats a security risk. The amateurish approach and malice that surrounds Raila CANT lead the country at all. Anyone whether Gema or otherwise, is free to lead Kenyans as long as they democratically elect him. Gema is a group of decent hard working communities pal! Are you telling us that they are as poisonous as some of you? Mischief and malicious lies cant help this country. Raila has remained empty since he joined politics several decades ago. What change can he bring or he has brought so far? What has he done in terms of change? What are his contributions to the new constitution? He is a paper tiger fashioned and idolized by media people ,- who are mostly his kinsmen. Talk of people drunken with tribalism! Whats Raila's agenda? He claims to have reform agenda, but where are his finger prints in reform? He only leads in parable and football antics!

Since: Aug 11

Nairobi, Kenya

#7 Oct 21, 2011
I have said before and I will say it again, kwesima you are such a bigot, you have this personalised intense hatred for raila, for reasons best known to you. be it as it may, we need to bring sobriety into these debates. Raila may have his faults, but that does not make that ragtag outfit called g7 any better. Their common denominator has always been their hatred raila, other than that they have absolutely no agenda, no vision for this country, if anything, I see the old kanu recouping. kwesima your hatred is really blinding you and affecting your memory to the extent that you believe raila played no role in the dispensation of the new constitution.just to jostle your memory, remember the clamour for multi party in the 90's, its been a long tough journey .maybe you can remind us on what I know believe are your heroes, ruto and uhuru have done for the rebirth of our beloved country, beside propagating negative ethnicity .
Kwesimsa

Mombasa, Kenya

#8 Oct 21, 2011
lilo08 wrote:
I have said before and I will say it again, kwesima you are such a bigot, you have this personalised intense hatred for raila, for reasons best known to you. be it as it may, we need to bring sobriety into these debates. Raila may have his faults, but that does not make that ragtag outfit called g7 any better. Their common denominator has always been their hatred raila, other than that they have absolutely no agenda, no vision for this country, if anything, I see the old kanu recouping. kwesima your hatred is really blinding you and affecting your memory to the extent that you believe raila played no role in the dispensation of the new constitution.just to jostle your memory, remember the clamour for multi party in the 90's, its been a long tough journey .maybe you can remind us on what I know believe are your heroes, ruto and uhuru have done for the rebirth of our beloved country, beside propagating negative ethnicity .
While I do appreciate your spirited attempt to insulate your idol, you have only managed to use the same same stale language thats associated with him. For years Raila has used abusive language to subdue his opponents. However, that no longer makes sense to Kenyans anymore. You are actually displaying the same Raila traits! In actual sense, you havent challenged any of my facts at all. What you did was just to raise empty red flag of hatred. Who hates Raila, he is one of us pal? What we dont like is his empty leadership. Leadership has to be pegged on concrete words matched with concrete actions. You dont simply sing that you are the best while literally doing nothing for the people. Where is luo Nyanza in development 5 years after the creature wallowed in neck-deep blood of innocent Kenyans to become a prime minister? Is he not still only trying to project himself as the best leader? Even yesterday 20/10/011 he embarassingly played out the same "recognize me please" tricks!! How does that help the country? To him leadership is a mere empty show pal! In the 1990's Raila was no where to be found. He was overshadowed by his late father. I once sat with his father in Mvita grounds here in Mombasa, only to be shocked beyond call that the much idolized fellow didnt even know swahili. Raila surfaced only after the death of his father. He started it all by engaging the late Kijana Wamalwa over Ford-K leadership. I remember when he was cowardly trying to hide under the table fearing to be hit with stones. Meanwhile, Wamalwa displaying true leadership courage, was seated there very unconcerned. Lool, the purported "fighter" for us is a huge coward! Raila "might have faults?" He has enormous faults that CANT allow him to become leader of this great nation. And G7 are far better than him. Thats simply because they are involved in developing the country while your idol is stuck with parable and football antics. Kanu was and is still a legal party pal. Infact, its not associated with the tribal madness that pervades Odm. That old song of using the past to frighten people no longer holds water pal. Raila uses the the same same old stuff to make himself relevant, but believe you me, thats over. He is in for a very rude shock pal. Kenyans know a good leader and have seen several in practice, but certainly Raila is not one of them. There are too many reasonable voices in the country that make Raila an utter nonsense.

Since: Jul 10

Europe

#9 Mar 28, 2014
The African needs to split into communal countries or nations as happened in Europe and Asia in the battles of the empires in not so ancient times. This never took place in the American subcontinent though. Until then Africa will continue being unstable due to scarce resources and fight for dominance and control among communities. God bless Africa to get out of this

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