The ruling elite and majority middle class Kenyans do not understand this bombshell. Putting their faith in the truncheon welding, Robocop looking, live bullet firing apparatus of state, the well fed class go to sleep wishing for business as usual. This new generation of youth that uprooted miles upon miles of a one hundred year old, narrow gauge, colonial relic of a rail track at will, got shot to death for it, tear-gassed, bludgeoned and cordoned off in their slums to starve to death, will still limp back and come up for more - leaner, meaner and dangerous like a catamount. That is, unless we address their anger, their frustration and their feelings of hopelessness.Kenya expert Robert Rotberg, interviewed by Newsweek, views class uprising as a regional factor in the violence:
In Kenya it's really an upsurge of people who are seeing an opportunity to right wrongs, to collect on chips they never thought they'd be able to collect on. And in the Rift Valley, move the fat cats out of the places where impoverished people have been subjected to them for too long.____________
* Onyango Oketch's essay appears as a guest-post at Vigilante Journalist blog. Live-blogging from Kenya, this blogger has posted some outstanding photos and reports. Her aim is to "create a real-time, independent source for news and analysis on conflicts around the world. . . " A kindred spirit!