Lies, The Kikuyu, Kenyans & Politics
By Najar Munyinyi
Najar is an Environmental Consultant and Indigenous land Right Activist
“Vururi uyo ni wiito”
How often do Kikuyu’s chant this slogan amongst themselves – it is their war slogan. It is stated firmly, like a tiny raindrop from an otherwise blue sky – but it is akin to an acidic chemical burn that spreads to those whom are not Kikuyu for Kenya, is not only for the Kikuyu. Translation should be impossible, yet many Kikuyu spit this phrase in the face of all others – unapologetic and superior. “We fought for this land!” – they state when asked why they think that Kenya belongs to Kikuyu only, “…the MauMau were The Kikuyu and the founding father was MauMau and he led the REVOLT and secured freedom from the mzungu for us!”
Propaganda? The Kenyatta family alone today owns about 17.5% of Kenya’s 25% arable land. Within the Kikuyu tribe itself, is a cartel known as The Mount Kenya Mafia who make up less than 1.5% of the total Kenyan population for we are 55 Million. But is they whom own the rest of the arable land, with a majority of 45 million Kenyans owning less than a quarter of acre, or no land at all thus regulating them to an eternal serfdom in a country where living off the land is the only means of survival? Those whom own land often buy land through Banks or Land Credit Loan corporations which are in turn owned by the Kenyatta family, by relatives, or by close friends of the ruling family, members of an already ‘Elite Class’ – the extension of the Mount Kenya Mafia.
Jomo Kenyatta achieved his goal. He not only acquired the lands of the 10 daughters, he went ahead and looted all the land that belonged to the British Protectorate, evicting millions of Maasai and causing a singular phenomenon known as IDP – a people whom are homeless and landless, in their own country. No, do not even begin to lie that peoples lands were ‘returned’. They were not. Many communites have been moved from their water sources which have been taken care of all this time, and shifted to dry lands where they are lost without their neighbourhood.
Branding, Advertising and Propaganda
Our first presidents given name is Kamau and not Kenyatta. During the First World War, Johnstone Kamau as he was then called, ran (the coward) to avoid being conscripted into the British Army – thousands of Kikuyu were a part of this Army and FOUGHT for the British, but Kamau, in his characteristic spineless manner, fled to his aunty’s home. The Maasai, in their superior honesty had adamantly refused to be conscripted into the British Army, and it is to the Maasai that cowardly Johnstone fled and lived. His Aunt had married a Maasai chief, so he ran, laying ‘low’, adopting Maasai customs and wearing Maasai jewellery to avoid detection. His disguise including a beaded belt known as a kinyata in the Kikuyu language. This is when he took to calling himself Kinyata which he anglonized to Kenyatta while in London. If he had been in America no doubt he would have named himself ‘Kinyarra’.
In present day advertising there is a term known as Branding. It involves heavy research and tests the populace for acceptance of new ideas. In a paper written by Jonathan A.J. Wilson in October 2013 entitled Science and Branding or the ‘Science of Branding’, he argues that 21st century marketing marks the dawn of an age that surpasses simple industrialization, commerce and structuralism, and celebrates more human traits. Financial and economic interactions are the culmination of human transactions in the widest sense, transactions which begin with exchanges of thoughts, emotions, experiences and social activities. Therefore, this ‘Marketing’ is spearheaded by ‘Branding,’ which represents the acceptance and harnessing of paradoxical, oxymoronic, allegorical, metaphorical and esoteric tensions in culture, in emotion and spirituality.
Were the creators of Brand Kenya ahead of their times? For branding is an important and basic function of human existence. At a conference on Consumer Culture Theory held at Oxford Saïd Business School, Beth DuFault and James McAlexander presented a paper, part of therein that stated, “By researching primary source documents, we demonstrate that Newtonian science and the birth of what we now know as the scientific method itself achieved acceptance, in part, owing to the activities of Isaac Newton and his advocates that can be best described as marketing. The successful diffusion of the Newtonian scientific belief system was influenced by marketing activities that included a)promotion, b)sales of representatives c)demonstrative products, and d)publicity. These marketing activities worked to build the equity of the Newtonian Brand and to overcome the competitive offerings of the time.”
The Science of Branding has always been around us but – just like “Intel” – a sticker had to be placed on the outside for it to receive attention and mass consideration. Politicians have been using the Science of Branding for thousands of years, with a well placed spokesperson whom is often the orator or the Spokesman of the Brand. Branding is about the human experience and is a fundamental function of human existence, and in politics it is a tool better known as propaganda. Facing Mount Kenya, according to scholar Simon Gikandi, was “one of the major texts in what has come to be known as the invention of tradition in colonial Africa”.
Despite the KCA being “fervently” and ruthlessly against the Church and Crown, both maintained their vampiric presence in Kenya through the conniving support of Jomo Kenyatta after ‘independence’ in 1963. Neither the Church nor the Crown that he had stood so firmly against were repulsed from Kenya, nor were the massive parcels of lands they had possessed during colonization confiscated. By the time he died, none of the lands that had been confiscated by the British, either crown or church, not even a single acre, had been returned to the original indigenous people. Kenyatta himself was crowed and celebrated mainly by the British, as first the Prime Minister of Kenya, then later as President of Kenya, despite his never being MauMau, nor a revolutionary, or having fought a single skirmish.
His speeches were written for him by a team, his orations were as emotionally powerful as those of Barak Obama. Kenyan’s needed a hero. They got a goat. Kenyatta also appeared in thousands upon thousands of pictures and ‘from about 1914 to 1963, pictures taken by a British Press, for fellow Africans could not owe such equipment and many were largely disinterested in Johnstone Kamau.
When the British charged him and five senior KAU members with masterminding the Mau Mau, the historian John M. Lonsdale stated that Kenyatta had been made a “scapegoat”, while A. B. Assensoh later suggested that the authorities “knew very well” that Kenyatta was not involved in the Mau Mau, but that they were nevertheless committed to silencing his calls for an independent Kikuyuland. So disliked was he that when the “Kapenguria 6” were jailed, he was “separated” from them for his own safety. “…a plot to murder him was uncovered…” Is all this coincidence or was it just a brilliant propaganda campaign to fan his popularity? In 1958, Rawson Macharia, one of the key witness in the state’s prosecution of Kenyatta, signed an affidavit swearing that his evidence against Kenyatta had been false and this was widely publicized and the imprisoned Kenyatta become a symbol of “African Nationalism” across the continent. That’s what the British “media” says. Field Marshall Dedan Kimathi meanwhile, the true hero of the MauMau, was caught, tried and hanged, in 1957.
His fake sentence served, Kenyatta was released from Lokitaung in April 1959. The administration then placed a “restricting order“ on Kenyatta – why? He went to live in Lodwar and was ‘forced’ to report to the DC twice a day. The 72 year old Kenyatta was reunited with his wife, Ngina a 17 year old child-bride whom had been gifted to him by Kikuyu Elders in 1951 and Uhuru Kenyatta, their 2nd born child, was born in October of 1961.
“A Man Cannot Bear Children” – African Proverb
A paternal lineage is impossible to record – this is why mothers hold their daughters children to their bosom but may be harsh with their daughter’s in laws offspring. This is why it was critical to know the maternal lineage of a child. Customary laws also affirmed that taking a child from his mother turns them into bereft youth. Yet, what is Kenya today, but a country run by tired old men who disregard the mothers of their sons, take children from their mothers at a young age (formal education at age 6) then expect the same youths to respect them? We had literacy as Africans, but it was not what Jomo and his peers promoted.
The Gumba were a short dark, ‘pygmy’ tribe of men who lived underground in the caves of the Nyandarua Ranges and were the original occupants of that small hilly area between the south eastern flanks of the Nyandarua Ranges and lower and further east toward the Thagana island, today known as Muranga. Some wandered over the Nyandarua ranges towards Gilgil. They were sighted (coincidentally) only by the Gikuyu and some Ogiek peoples. This is odd, and further, according to “Kikuyu tradition”, these short dark men were fierce, warlike but “backward and lacking in civility, rude and aggressive”. While they were not savage, they espoused the very distinctiveness of what the white European man stated he found in the area – short dark men who were agriculturalists, hunter-gathers, a sullen race of men whom worked with iron, made pottery and were beekeepers. There is rarely any mention of women. Without the African female, the male will die.
Moombi was not Kikuyu. Moombi was a female meaning umbi– a creator ; which in the English language translates to “female” or “womb•man” . However, in understanding this concept, one must comprehend that there is no real definition of the African Female in the language of the European. In African mythology, the Black Human Female Human Form, is the beginning of all things – it is Creator. This information below was recently wiki-leaked into social media conversation away from science – and with proven parameters.
According to the genetic thread that many civilizations before us were very aware about, there is only one type of cell that is able to ‘recreate’ itself ‘eternally’, and that cell is from the womb of the Black Woman, also known as the ‘StemCell’. This knowledge had previously been informed as untrue, false and labeled propaganda by Governments and Mass Media alike for obvious reasons. The details of the paper are far too long to add on to here, but in short, the finding of the cells was an accidental discovery. In the 1950’s, while looking for medications for diseases that besot the caucasian man, scientists would try to find a remedy through the growing of what is called “culture tissue”. These experiments continually failed because the cells would die. However, cells taken from a black slave woman changed the course of modern medicine. In 1951, a scientist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, “created” the first immortal human cell line with a tissue sample taken from a young black woman with cervical cancer. Those cells, called HeLa cells, quickly became invaluable to medical research—though their donor deliberately remained a mystery for decades. Understand that according to The White Superiority Theory, to the Darwin Theory, and to The Theory of Eugenics, black blood is tainted. The African is a Beast, uncivilized, and below the human rung. Further, according to the hedonistic patriarchal principles of the church and all Western developed, man made-religions, the feminine form is ‘the root of all evil’ – sinful and beyond redemption. This belief has been deeply imbedded and ingrained into a vast majority of the human population, worldwide. The African Black Woman is below the African Black Man, who is already at the bottom of the human rung – in shelter, health care, education, resources, government services, in religion, in spirituality. This canard has been drummed into the world psyche for such a long time that it would take years for humans to comprehend the nature of the wrongs inflicted on the African Black Female Form. Now humans have to comprehend that her Womb Cells never die.
The HeLa lines that medical researchers and scientists use are immortal—they can grow indefinitely, be frozen for decades, divided into different batches and shared among scientists. In her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, journalist Rebecca Skloot tracks down the story of the source of the HeLa cells – Henrietta Lacks herself – and documents the cell line’s impact on both modern medicine and on the Lacks family whose immortal cells were first used to grow cultures that were essential to developing the polio vaccine. Then, they were sent up in the first Space Missions in the USA, to see what would happen to cells in zero gravity. Many scientific landmarks since then have used this woman’s cells, including cloning, gene-mapping and in vitro-fertilization. Twenty-five years after Henrietta died, a scientist discovered that many cell cultures thought to be from other tissue types, including breast and prostate cells, were in fact HeLa cells. It turned out that HeLa cells could float on dust particles in the air and travel on unwashed hands and grow on other cultures! The story became an enormous controversy because these HeLa cells were the first human biological materials ever bought and sold and launched a multi-billion-dollar industry within the United States. Henrietta’s son’s found out that White American conglomerates were selling vials of their mother’s cells, and that the family didn’t get any of the resulting money, they became, and rightly so, incensed! for Henrietta’s family has lived in poverty most of their lives, cannot afford health insurance nor health care while one of Henrietta sons was homeless and living on the streets of Baltimore. The family launched a campaign to right this human injustice to so as to receive benefits deserved from the sale of their mothers cells. This is when the story of the HeLa cells broke, and furthermore, that cells taken from the womb of the Black African wombman do not “die.”
Back to Kenya
According to Kenyatta’s myth, Gikuyu – uyu meaning ‘the one’, or Agikuyu meaning “Fig” tree – together made up “one unit”. Unsure of the boundaries of the land, Mogai took The One Man up to the highest mountain of the area and said “… – look – all this land has been made by this Moombi – the maker. Your home, if you stay with her, is between these 4 (four) mountains.” The question floats like a feather in the air – why would Mogai have had to take ‘The One Man’ up the mountain to ‘see the land’? Should he not have been aware of it’s boundaries? If you walk into any Borana/ Samburu/ Rendille community today, the men there within will tell you lay of the land and the boundaries in vivid detail. The answer for this story of Gikuyu and Moombi lies in a simple truth.
Gikuyu, would not have been aware of the boundaries of a land that did not belong to him. And particularly not if he lived in Thagana within the caves, or holes & tunnels of the deeply forested Nyandarua Ranges. Between the Nyandarua Ranges and the Kingdom of the Baganda there was only one other fierce people – the Maasai, hated virulently by both the White man and the Kikuyu, for they would not trade their land for money. Infact the British had ceasless battles with the people of Maa. A number of ‘Kikuyu’ yarns regarding land have been shamelessly plagiarized by the Kikuyu culture. Note also, that the fig tree is proliferate across the entire lands of sub-sahara Africa – surprisingly, there are more fig trees in the flat plains of the savannah where the cattle roam, than there are in the densely woody forests of the Nyandarua or in the steep hills and valleys of Muranga.
Historical Oxymorons, Religious conflicts and Presidential Betrayals
Although it is accepted worldwide that Kenyans received “Independence” in 1963, in a land that has come to be known as Kenya, the Kenyatta family have used their positions to create a fiefdom where they are the sole rulers of the State of Kenya. The Rules, Customs and Laws that were written in the book Facing Mount Kenya were replicated by the government, to grasp a fierce control of this country from it’s true owners. “Care” or what environmentalists would call “conservation” of these lands is not valued under Kikuyu custom for above all, extraction is prized – where all that is on – and all that is below the land, becomes a commodity to be extracted, distributed and sold. There is also, a real and alarming intimacy between Johnstone Kamau and the UK Royal Family headed by Queen Elizabeth – unlike other “black” and African families.
It is stranger yet that the MauMau whose mandate was to “kick out colonization” and return the land back to the correct owners across Kenya, were banned as an entity not only by Jomo, but also by the second President Moi. Despite Jomo Kenyatta’s historical claims that the MauMau rebellion freed Kenya from imperialism, none of it’s members as a Revolutionary Association received any lands from those they were repatriated from, and neither have they received formal historical accolades from their Government, or even financial recognition for Kenya’s so-called “independence”.
A Thesis, or a Kikuyu Political Manifesto?
Throughout his life, the history of Jomo Kenyatta reads as one of an opportunist selfish man. It is smoothly told, yet when one researches and begins to scratch beneath the glittery surface, the alarming truths of a puppet on a very long brutish British rope begin to unravel. For Kenyans countrywide, the knowledge that the ‘lands’ must all belong to the Kikuyu is no longer just alarming, it is now disturbing and threatening to spill over into a messy civil war. Over and over again throughout this country’s history the question returns, why are our country laws so very unfavorably dominant?
Facing Mount Kenya was a commercial failure, selling only 517 copies. Murray-Brown later described it as “a propaganda tour de force. No other African had made such an uncompromising stand for tribal integrity.” Was this invention of a culture written into the book and further translated into the Laws of the Kenyan Government?
It would seem so.
Kenyans’ Laws are suspiciously similar to the laws of the Christian Churches, in particular the High Anglican Church and The Catholic Church of England. The land laws of Kenya the State, are minute replica’s of the laws of the Kikuyu ‘tradition’, which are a duplication of outdated imperial UK laws. Physically, this can be seen when black judges in Kenya’s High Court wear White wigs and the public normalizes it.
A few months ago, a young woman from London came to live and work in Nairobi. “…it’s like I am not in Africa..”, she said, shocked, “ … this is ridiculous. This city is a carbon copy of London, I may as well be living in London, there is not a single difference…” . As a well seasoned traveller she was startled, stating that never before had she come across a city that does not carry it’s own unique and distinct culture. For many a Kikuyu and the ‘wannabe’ set, this comparison would be one of pride.
Long before, during and after Independence, the will of the late Kenyatta became dominant across these lands without apology, while outside Kenya he was called a ‘domineering prick’ by leaders across Africa, and was not regarded as a true revolutionary, but as a turncoat. However, British media carefully branded his name, and today he is hailed as one of the leading statesmen of Africa, a Hero of the People in Black America, in Jamaica and other former British colonies. In Africa though, he was disliked. In another city outside Kenya, I once had a startling conversation with an articulate Diplomat, formerly an Ambassador to China, whom shook his head sadly when I mentioned the late Kenyatta as the founding father of Kenya, “…Kenyatta? You people have been so brainwashed! Kenyatta was a stooge for the British! A peddler! An uneducated scoundrel who was paid to divide his people ….”.
He was being kind, I think.
Kenya’s political history is founded on tribalism, on division, and on the concepts of capitalism. Kikuyu Culture is founded on the approbation of the Male figure, and the diminishing of the female form – the female and the feminine is rejected as superfluous, redundant and unnecessary. In Kikuyu culture the female, known as ‘the person outside’ – is a being of little consequence. Her viewpoint, is unnecessary. The Kikuyu Law regarding land upholds that only a man can sell, or buy land. And that a man can only sell, or buy land, from another man. And if that man, if not Kikuyu, becomes a Kikuyu once his land is bought by a kikuyu.
In many other cultures across Kenya, land cannot be sold for it does not belong to a single person and is inherited as communal land to care for the community in it’s entirety. These cultural land-laws are old guidelines that have been handed down from past generations. The selling of land as a commodity is a concept that is not understood by 98% of a non-kikuyu population.
I attended the NDC 1 (National Dialogue conference) in Nairobi, September of 2018, a conference hosted by NCCK, Supkem and other religious bodies in Kenya. NCCK is dominated by the very rigid far right catholic and christian churches, was opened by Robert Godec, former USA Ambassador to Kenya. During the conference we were handed out booklets which were a step-by-step package outlining the exact methodology and timetable, on how to re-install “the executive” – Uhuru Kenyatta as Prime Minister in 2022. In it, The President’s powers would be diminished, while those of the Prime Minister would be absolute and transfer this country back into a Dictatorship.
This is being done on two levels.
One is changing the laws regarding the Presidency and the position of PM – these bills will be signed quietly in Parliament without public awareness. Lawyers were placed in positions where they can regulate and pass these laws. The second was using both the Church and other religious halls of worship, to subtly ‘educate’ the masses towards an acceptance of the idea of Ruto, as President of Kenya. A step-by-step timetable was earmarked, and a second NDC 2 conference would be held to evaluate “progress”. waKenya, both the elites and common mwanainchi, will be bullied and beaten raw and numb to accept these changes, and those elite leaders who do not accept this treachery, well, they’ll agitate the masses and Kenya will once again, suffer a blood-bath to no effect, for as PM, Uhuru’s Kenyatta’s powers as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of all the armed forces will once more be absolute. The future has been written.
In Jomo Kenyatta’s words
“When the European comes to the country and
robs the people of their land, the white is taking away not only their
livelihood, but the quantifiable symbol that holds family together. In doing
this he gives blows, and these blows cut away at the foundations from the whole
of Gikuyu life – social, moral, and
economic. When the European explains to his own satisfaction and after the most
superficial glance at the issues involved, that he is doing this for the sake
of the Africans, to civilize them, to
teach them the disciplinary value of regular work, and give them the benefit of
European progressive ideas, he is adding insult to injury, and convinces no one
but himself.” (Adapted, Jomo Kenyatta 1938: 305)
“When the Kikuyu, or the white neo-colonizer, comes to the country and robs the people of their land, they are taking away not only their livelihood, but the quantifiable symbol that holds family units together. In doing this, he gives blows, and these blows cut away at the very foundations from the whole of life – social, moral, and economic. When the Kikuyu or the White Neo-Colonialist explains to his own satisfaction and after the most superficial glance at the issues involved, that he is doing this for the sake of the natives, to civilize them, to teach them “the disciplinary value of regular work,” and give them the benefit of Kikuyu progressive ideas, he is adding insult to injury, and convinces no one but his Kikuyu or White self.”
Najar Nyakio wa Munyinyi