• Stephen Osieyo

WHO IS WHO IN KAJULU

Updated: Mar 24



I. KAJULU CHANTS


Verse 1: And Julu and his entourage distancing himself and migrated to the present lands around where Kano had stopped over en-route to Kano plains.


Verse 2: And they lived peacefully with Kano clans until the Kano inter-clan flare up between Kadibo sub clan and Kimira sub clan. And KaJulu clan reinforced Kadibo sub clan to defeat Kimira sub clan.


Verse 3: And the next day in a tero buru celebrity ritual to cleanse the clan, the defeated Kimira sub clan enlisted the dreaded Sidho clan with their powerful military spell who immediately vanquished Kajulu and Kano Kadibo sub clan. And Kadibo in retreat quickly called an inter-clan truce.

Verse 4: And Kajulu was given land to settle on as war reparations as they had suffered in a war that is not theirs. And Kajulu also made peace pact with Bantu Nyang’ori.


Verse 5: And it came to pass that with time Nyang’ori demanded tribute every time Kajulu wanted to bury their dead on that land.


Verse 6: And neighbourly flare ups also arose between Kajulu and Kano clans. And in a retaliatory raid Kajulu warriors slaughtered the Kawese sub clan of Kano. And in that war Kajulu evicted Kano from Kibos. And Kajulu built settlements all the way to Chiga; and to present day Dunga named after two brothers Nanga and Dunga of Kajulu Kowak sub clan.


Second Kano Wars

Verse 7: And it came to pass that Kano observed a strategic retreat for many seasons while scheming to hand Kajulu a heavy defeat. And when it arrived Kajulu of Kowak sub clan and Konya sub clan suffered untold suffering. And as Kano resorted to scorch the earth war tactics, Kajulu sought refuge among Kisumo clan who received Kajulu to save them from being comprehensively obliterated from the face of the earth.


Verse 8: And Kisumo clan took advantage of Kajulu grabbing all their wealth of cattle and crops to reverse the prosperity of Kajulu clan.

Verse 9: And now Kisumo warriors also returned an earlier bragging rights from Kajulu that Kisumo warriors were weaklings.

Verse 10: And this contempt made Kajulu migrate to Kibos as they neither had their wealth or honour to continue living with Kisumo people who were now buoyed by all the wealth they plundered from Kajulu while they Kajulu had no wealth, strength, or numbers.


Kisumo clan War of j'ombetre (espionage)

Verse 11: And it came to pass that despite the defeats that Kajulu suffered because of the death of their Nyang’ori martial medicine man, they schemed to militarily engage Kisumo clan who had a reputation of being a mouthy but scared and weak army but was keeping all Kajulu clan wealth.


Verse 12: And marginalised Kajulu faced with hardship did not account for Kisumo j'ombetre (espionage) network in every village of the surrounding neighbours that gave them the riddle taya omenyo wang’ gi. And Kisumo after years submissiveness had learnt that every j'ombetre in an enemy village or enemy home is equivalent equivalent to a battalion of Kisumo clan warriors to mitigate the strength of that enemy village or home.


Verse 13: And as the procured mercenary Asembo military medicine man passed through Kisumo clan en-route to the military offensive in Kajulu clan in Kibos, he was way laid by Kisumo warriors in waiting and overdosed with alcohol that made him reveal his mission. And Andang’o the Asembo military medicine man even swopped sides to use his dreaded charms to evict Kajulu clan instead.


Verse 14: And Kisumo warriors also took advantage of thawing relationship with Nyag’ori Bantu men to charm them into a joint eviction operation against Kajulu. And this offensive evicted Kajulu leaving behind their homes.


Verse 15: And it came to pass that in 1901 Bwana Hobley Colonial administrator after discovering abandoned homes forced the repatriation of all Kajulu clan members back to these homes. And behind Bwana Hobley, Kisumo clan members sung songs of derision at Kajulu clan members. And this greatly demoralised Kajulu up to today as they were now poor, lost most of their land and bragging rights. And Kisumo clan were aware as Kajulu were also aware that their political will, economic strength was not restored Bwana Hobley.


Verse 16: And with no safety in numbers and living in everyday threat of marauding Nandi tribesmen, Kano warriors and Nyang’ori warriors; Kajulu leader Jaduong' Se asked Bwana Hobley for a foreign group with guns to be stationed on hostile fronts to scare away these traditionally belligerent groups.


Verse 17: And Kajulu clan when needing expansion land now paid off the colonial government to move gun armed foreign settlers. And the government instead rolled back the frontiers of Nyang’ori Bantus to give Kajulu clan more room.


Verse 18: And the suffering of Kajulu is fatally believed to be because three times they broke blood oath treaty entered onto by their deceased rulers; and then engaged into war without a military medicine men in place.


Verse 19: And it came to pass that the peaceful Kajulu clan never recovered their supremacy after having been robbed of their able bodied men, land and wealth. And without numbers to procreate they now entered a period of spiralling negativity with retrogressive urbanisation of their sacred land.


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II. WHO IS WHO IN KAJULU


1. JULU THE ANCESTOR: He led the clan out of subjugation and signed peaceful treaty to make Kajulu clan prosper way ahead of Kisumo clan and Kano Clan. He laid out regional plans to give Kajulu warriors a might as never been seen in the Winam area, save for Sidho clans.


2. Jaduong’ Otene: Peace-making leader of Kajulu who signed the peace pact with Nyang’ori clan. This led to a period of peaceful coexistence and prosperity with Nyang’ori people. After his death Kajulu warriors fatally broke the peace treaty by engaging Nyang’ori in hostilities. Jaduong’ Otene also brokered blood peace with Kano Kobura Clan.


3. Jaduong’ Se: He was installed by Bwana Hobley. His greatest achievement was bringing back all the Kajulu members living in diaspora back to their holy land. He also had the foresight to convince Bwana Hobley into securing their safety by arming the buffer zone between Kajulu on hostile frontiers.


4. Onyulo Muech: Politician; MP Winam East. (Father to international actor Sidede Onyulo)




5. Gor Sungu: Politician; Member of Parliament (Kisumu Town East). Other roles: Parliamentary Select Committee investigating circumstances leading to the death of the late Dr Robert Ouko, former minister for foreign affairs.



6. Otiende Likuan: Public Administrator- Former District Officer



7. Tobias Omulo: Public Administration; Administrative Chief



8. Judge Lydia Achode: Judge of the High Court of Kenya



9. Ndolo Obom: Public Administration; Former area administrative Chief.



10. Sidede Onyulo: International Film star; Actor; Sidede Onyulo (1955) had studied Law at the University of Nairobi after high School at the prestigious Nairobi High School but he quit to pursue a career in acting. His breakthrough came in a German movie in 2001 when he was awarded for best supporting actor in Nirgendwo in Africa. His other features are in Academy award winning The Constant Gardenor-2005; King Solomon's Mines 2005; Nowhere in Africa -2003, CBS Summer Playhouse; Ivory Hunters 1990.


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11. Simba Opepo: Civic Politician; Councillor





12. Allan Thigo- Footballer; Harambee Stars midfielder capped 20 times; Gor Mahia Coach Player for 12 years; 5 times Winner of Kenya National Football league; 3 Time winner of Kenya Challenge cup; 2-time winner of East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup; 12 years player Coach of Gor Mahia; 3 Years Coach of Reunion; Player Coach of Chemelil FC.


Its at Gor Mahia FC that the Kajulu in Allan Thigo manifests itself. Young politician Tom Mboya sensing the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga grass roots support from Luo faithfuls rebranded the Luo Union football club to Gor Mahia Football club. In time after the death of Tom Mboya and Jaramogi in the wilderness of Kenyan politics, Gor Mahia FC cracked in the middle where Tom Mboya had seemed the club. The bulk of the team including Allan Thigo went back to re emerge first as Gor United then Luo FC. Then Allan Thigo quickly and instantly crossed back to the main Gor Mahia FC as if being beckoned by ancestor Julu or fate. It was the most unlikely change of mind. This is where Allan Thigo's Kajulu industry when faced with complete annihilation came bear its head. With mere school boys and second team, Allan Thigo went to work to rebrand Gor Mahia FC, playing some of the most exciting football never before been seen in East and Central Africa. In my lifetime only two teams have played such fleeting football- Arsene Wenger's Arsenal and Allan Thio's Gor Mahia FC. Wthin one year he had won back the championship. And despite regularly loosing key players to money bags Kenya Breweries Ltd FC, Allan Thigo even guided Gor Mahia FC to win the league without loosing a single game just like Arsene Wenger's Arsenal. He followed this with more titles and scaled the highest level of African football disposing of the mighty Horoya Conakry. The name Gor Mahia is now sung at the most unlilekely quarters of African football. This same Allan Thigo made Gor Mahia FC is the one that won the first two international trophies for the club, playing a maze of space-ball anchored on the power of a playmaking mid-field football. If Arsene Wenger refashioned English football, then Allan Thigo fashioned East and Central African football.


Unfortunately for Allan Thigo, he is from Kajulu clan and no matter what he did the reputation of being from Kajulu always took away any and Industry. But without Allan Thigo, the Gor Mahia story would have been be very different. Maybe more of a Tom Mboya dream that was shot down on 5th July 1969!



13. John Odhiambo Baresi: Footballer; Business man; Former Harambee Stars midfielder; 2-time Winner of National Football League; Player of Gor Mahia and Reunion FC; Proprietor of Komborrah Sports Merchandise proprietor based in the USA -



14. Ogudo Tosha: Civic Politician; Councillor


15. James Abiero: Local Business man


16. Jowi Akira: Local Businessman



17. George Waya Angalo: Local Business man



18. Gabriel Mumbo: Local Businessman



19. Captain Sospeter Opondo: Aviator


20. Charles Shikanda: Football Player; Prolific goal scorer and marauding winger; Winner of National Football league, Gor Mahia FC



21. Otiang’ Abayo: Football Player; Gor Mahia FC



22. Ng’ong’a Obama: Businessman, Philanthropist


23. Mumbo Olare: Businessman, Philanthropist



24. Owiti Origo: Businessman; Pioneer Benga artist; Entertainer, Composer, performer and guitarist with Kajulu Boys Band (Composer of the hit record: Ayoki itar ka Pamba; Ajeni Noherowa; Thum jokale)



25. Omolo Makambo: Sports manager – Grass roots football manager, talent scout, assistant team manager; Re Union FC and Kimbo FC.


26. Solomon Adongo (Chuk): Educationist- High school teacher, community organiser, youth development, philanthropist.


27. Salmon Orimba: Civic public services manager-Kisumu County Government CECM/Minister for Water services.


28. Alex Otieno Oyuga: Civic public services manager- Nandi County Director for Youth Affairs.


29. George Odero Oricho (aka Ramogi): Businessman and natural resources prospector; Philanthropist and community organiser- proprietor of Kajulu Drilling Company, Kajulu Energy and Solar Farm.



30. James Abiero: Public administrator, community organiser, philanthropist: Area Chief











 

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