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By Whispers Team

Today, Sunday 1st September, 2019 in Isiolo town conclave of Dayyu Basso Jalaab elders was hosted by esteemed Mzee Ali Boru. The meeting was convened by both Mzee Ali Boru and respected Borana Council of Elders Chairman Abdullahi Hajj Gonjobe. The Jalaabs are akin to the House of Lord which is the upper House of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Borana Council of Elders, Abdullahi Hajj Gonjobe

The summit had one sole agenda; crafting unity of purpose to bring together the clan that has been disenfranchised for far too long. Any other business has been shelved to be considered in the near future. The same message shall be relayed to those who live far and wide in the County. Similar sentiments shall be relayed to the Borana Nation in Isiolo County.

Mzee Ali Boru on the left with Professor A. Dima and Yussuf Huka


The summit was informed by the task before them, grateful for the trust bestowed upon them and mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. They thank every body; both young and old for their service to these great clan, as well as the generosity and cooperation they have meticulously exhibited throughout these treacherous period.

While their previous attempts to search for unity has been illusive , it is now imperative that such initiatives be informed by the needs and aspirations of Borana communities they are intended to reach.

At these moments, The Karayus’ have carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding forefathers. That is the irreducible minimum. 

On this day, they gathered because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled their mutual co-existence.

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The time has come to reaffirm their enduring spirit; to choose their better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness that shall reverberate in the Borana Nation.

In reaffirming the greatness of this noble clan, they reiterated that greatness is never given. It must be earned. Their journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the weak and the faint-hearted. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labour, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity.


Time and again we have struggled, sacrificed and worked till our hands were raw so that they might live a better life. We know pan-Boranism as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth, wealth or faction. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other perceived naysayers and pessimists who are eagerly waiting for our community division, from the grandest capitals to the small village, that was the resolution during the Jalaab summit.



As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave individuals who, are in far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just like our past fallen heroes who shall whisper through the ages. We honour them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all though our challenges may be new. 

The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. 

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every Dayyu Basu soul, that we have duties to ourselves, our clan, and the Boran, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

In the face of our common dangers, in this period of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.



After all, Boran unity is a fundamental concern to the Borana nation so as to achieve and reclaim our strained community cohesion. While Karayu’s efforts in clan rehabilitation, reintegration, and reconstruction have been commendable for the most part, there remains a need for ensuring that the dividends of such efforts are sustained and lead to a meaningful transformation in the lives of the entire Boran clans.

We are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that, this noble and humble initiative we shall rise as one united clan and much more one united brothers.

It is incumbent upon everyone to resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our societal fabric for so long. Let us value the mantra of self-reliance, individual liberty, and ultimately holistic clan unity. Those are values we all share with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. We are not enemies, but friends, brothers and sons…though passion may have strained it but should not break our bonds of affection.

With this burning spirit and the residual energy in our bosom, we believe we shall ultimately achieve our utmost desired goal of how we can piece-up together the entire clan fabrics and more so build bridges with other communities across the board. 


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Whispers from the North is an online platform that appreciates the ecological, cultural and socio-economic diversities of Northern Kenya. We also acknowledge that the lives of the communities of northern Kenya has been shaped by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic factors which have led to complex challenge that calls for a multifaceted approach.

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