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Is the history of ethnic rivalries being repeated?

Stephen Mwaniki

Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga share a light moment together. [Photo/]

Ever since the '60s, Kenya has been having tribal political campaigns in favour of the presidential seat.

This has seen history repeat itself several times.

Kenya's first president, Jomo Kenyatta and his vice president, Oginga Odinga, were the first leaders to hold seats after independence.

This was in 1963.

Latter in 1969, there was disagreement between the two leaders, leading to rivalries between their communities.

This led to Jomo Kenyatta being mocked in Kisumu on  October 25 1969.

Ever since that day, these two communities did not relate in any way until 2002 where Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga (son to Oginga Odinga) formed a coalition called NARC to run against President (by then) Daniel Moi.

This saw the suspension of the ethnic rivalries that had dogged Kenyan politics.

In 2002, after Kibaki took power these two tribes cooperated until 2007 where Raila Odinga in Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Mwai Kibaki in Party of National Unity (PNU) ran for office independently.

Claims of rigging were made pushing the country into ethnic violence.

After a series of talks a coalition government was formed thus uniting Kenya again (Luos and kikuyus).

In 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta, the son to Jomo Kenyatta won the presidency under the jubilee ticket against his greatest rival Raila Odinga of ODM.

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