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Wycliffe Muga

The late William ole Ntimama, who for much of his adult life was the undisputed “king of the Maasai”, once caused a huge controversy when he told his Maasai community to disregard the government’s “family planning” programmes.

He argued that the best thing any Maasai woman could do was to bear as many children as possible. And hopefully this would in time lead to the Maasai counting as one of Kenya’s “big tribes”. For in his lifelong crusade to defend Maasai interests, he had found his influence on the national stage was severely limited. Basically, he did not have enough Maasai parliamentary seats or presidential votes to bargain with. Hence his argument Maasai interests were best served by a steep increase in their numbers.

You would think Kenya’s “biggest tribe”, the Kikuyu, would be exempt from demographic anxieties of this kind. But that is not so. There has ...
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