In conduct that was generally considered unsuitable for public consumption, Kiambu County Senator and Senate Chief Whip Kimani Wamatangi narrated, blow by blow, what could easily pass for one of the most disturbing and upsetting stories. The senator also revealed that the gory and bloody account he gave wasn’t something which he heard from a second party, but in fact experienced it himself.
The Kiambu County Senator was speaking while appearing on Citizen TV’s morning show Daybreak which was hosted by Waihiga Mwaura. Others on the show were Machakos County governor Alfred Mutua, Kathiani member of parliament Robert Mbui of the Wiper Democratic Movement party, and city lawyer Danstan Omari.
While speaking on recent proposed efforts by the church to try and reconcile the president and his deputy whose rift has worsened in recent times, Senator Wamatangi empasised on the need for not only healthy political relationships but also a peaceful and conducive environment in the country.
He revealed that for a long time he lived in Molo, and more so, during the horrible period of the infamous tribal clashes. He said that memories of the time always gave him traumatic episodes, but the memory that remained imprinted in his mind is a particular one where, following a raid, houses had been burned and people maimed while others had been killed. However, what was even more chilling was that by the roadside, two severed heads of children were hoisted up on pikes that had been erected.
In 1992, 5,000 people were killed and another 75,000 displaced in the Rift Valley Province, with the town of Molo being an epicenter of the violence. The conflict was primarily between the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities with Land ownership cited as one of key reasons for the conflict.
More recently, there has been witnessed sporadic and isolated cases of clashes in the area. Although at a more muted level, the recent incidents still caused worry, and notably came in the aftermath of the Mau evictions where the government evacuated illegal settlers who had set camp in the Mau forest.
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