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    Posted December 4, 2013 by
    Mombasa, Kenya

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    After independence, the Kenyatta government did little, if any, to initiate any meaningful development project in Northern Kenya. Many of the vestiges of colonial government were left intact whereby the Ordinance Act was replaced by Acts Parliament.

    People of northern Kenya have not benefited from the unitary type of Government. The rural strategy development program pursued by the Kenyatta Government was biased in favor of the so-called “high potential areas.” It was concerned primarily with the acquisition of the settler farms and development of small-holder coffee, tea and dairy sectors from which, coincidentally, regions benefited disproportionately. Evidently, the huge livestock potential of semi-arid areas did not qualify for classifications as “high potential”, not withstanding the fact that, then as now, Kenyan’s livestock potential exceeds either coffee or tea.

    The Moi regime was even worse notwithstanding the region’s reputation for voting KANU all through and the area being classified as a KANU zone discourage opposition politicians from to campaigning in the region.

    Matters are even made worse by the negative prejudices, perceptions and attitudes of civil servants, ordinary Kenyans and even the mainstream media that describes the area as a no-go zone, hostile to work and live in as it is inhabited by the Somalis described derogatorily as people of peppery personality, hostile, warlike, bandits or shiftas.

    Civil servants posted to this region perceive their assignment as punishment and try all kind of tricks in the books to resist deployment. If unsuccessful, they work very hard to get the transfer out of “the hell on earth” as soon as possible. People became so alienated and detached from the state and see their region has being outside of Kenyan’s main territory. For example, when going down south, the Northern people say that they are “going to Kenya”.
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