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  • proper n. an ethnic group of Nilotic origin living in the Great Rift Valley in western Kenya and eastern Uganda
  • proper n. a member of this ethnic group
  • proper n. the Nilotic language of this ethnic group


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  • Just to be picky here it's worth pointing out that the term Kalenjin has only existed since the late 1940s, when small communities in the Rift Valley started to group together with others who spoke similar languages.

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  • "Kalenjin", who are in fact a British colonial regrouping of seven different tribes, two of which (the Nandi and the Kipsigi) had not bought into Moi's attempted system of ethnic domination and had been labelled "opponents" (and brutally treated as such) * The movement for "democratisation" was so widespread and trans-ethnic that trying to both fight it and fight the old Kikuyu ethno-elite at the same time proved to be too much in the long run

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  • He speaks Kalenjin at home, and on campus he mainly uses Swahili.

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  • Luckily, Ms Bulinya says, when her boyfriend's father who is from a different ethnic group, the Kalenjin learned his sons had been abandoned, he took them in and has cared for them ever since.

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  • The group, which can be seen campaigning together across the country, has been dubbed the “Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Kamba Alliance,” in reference to ethnicity of each member.

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  • In Kenya, where tribal alliances and politics are closely entwined, the violence included reprisal killings between Mr. Kenyatta's tribe, the Kikuyu, and the Kalenjin, of which Mr. Ruto is a leader.

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  • Former higher education minister, member of the Kalenjin ethnic group.

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  • Ruto is seen as the political leader of Kenya's Kalenjin ethnic group as well as a dominant force in the country's populous Rift Valley region.

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  • Our results were best summed up by a Kalenjin elder in Eldoret, the epicenter of the 2007-2008 violence.

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