As starts, we would like to wish all our readers, supporters and advertisers a happy and prosperous 2017. During the year that has just ended, Investment News has increased its readership around the world. And we are extremely proud of that.
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2017 will be an eventful year for Kenyans because the General Elections will be held in August. Elections in Kenya, like in everywhere else, are moments of great stress. Unlike in countries such as the United States where race plays a major part, we in Kenya do not suffer racial tensions. True we have many races living in Kenya, and most of them participate in elections. We are however blessed in this regard because Kenyans are colour blind.
Our big problem is ethnicity – what is popularly called tribalism. Officially, Kenya has 42 tribes, but they grow by the day. Only recently a new tribe called Makonde was born raising the number to 43. The Nubians have also applied to be recognized as an ethic group which will raise the number to 44.
The Makonde who live at the coast are migrants from an artistic community in Mozambique who were imported into Kenya to work in sugarcane plantations some 40 years ago. Efforts to persuade them to return to their motherland, even from the Mozambique government, have been unsuccessful. Recently, Mozambique embassy officials entered discussions to register them as voters in their country of origin. That too, was unsuccessful.
According to them, they have lived long enough to claim their own space in culture and land.
The Nubians are originally natives of Sudan and southern Egypt. They came to Kenya as recruits from by the British army at the turn of the last century. The group was part of the famed Kings Africa Rifles regiment. After the war, they were settled near Nairobi in a place where now one of the largest slums in Africa, Kibra, is located.
For years, they have been fighting for recognition as a distinct group with its own culture and physical space. With the example of the Wamakonde, there should be no valid object to extending the same rights to the Nubians.
Again Investment News wishes you a happy and prosperous 2017.