Yesterday, i read a piece in the Standard Newspaper which got me thinking of the extent which ethnicity has become so ingrained in the Kenyan polity and society. The story was about a man from the Central part of Kenya who happens to be a Kikuyu. The man had been brought to court on charges that he had made a tribal slur against a fellow Kenyan whose name happens by fate to start with an "o" hence a Luo. The facts of the case were that the Kikuyu man(whose name I fail to recall) was a neighbour of the complainant in the case. On the material day, the accused had forcefully brought out the complainant to the local market. He had then made some tribal slurs against the complainant to wit that the complainant was uncircumcised hence a "kihi" in Kikuyu.
Seeing as the complainant was not willing to get confrontational, the accused tried to undress the complainant. It is at this time that the complainant got on his heels. Then the accused took some stones and threw at the complainant injuring him. The accused was then arrested and charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.