What's Next for Kenya?

Posted by: Diane Brady on January 3, 2008

I remember standing on the streets of Nairobi in 1989, watching a car go by with then-president Daniel arap Moi in the back seat. “There goes the savior of democracy,” a fellow classmate at the University of Nairobi joked. “Let’s see if he flashes his diamond.” He did (or so we thought, as we let out peals of laughter). Though it would be another 13 years before Moi stepped down, he was already viewed—quietly—as someone steeped in corruption. What none of my classmates questioned, though, was the stability of the country and its ability to succeed.

Moi’s eventual successor, Mwai Kibaki, came to power in 2002. Having complained that previous elections were unfair to him, he’s now at the center of a election scandal that’s ripping the country apart.

It’s hard to believe that Kenya could now be headed down the same path as, say, Rwanda or Zimbabwe. The local press is vehement in opposing the violence and opposition leader Raila Odinga seems intent on trying to stop the violence. (Kibaki, at this point, is just telling protesters to seek redress in the courts). With tourists cancelling their safaris and the stock market in freefall, Kenyans are justifiably worried that their economy could crash. The key is to reach some path to resolution in the next few days. If the uncertainty and violence extends much beyond that, investors might write off Kenya as a place to be avoided.

Reader Comments

Africa Hand

January 4, 2008 1:03 PM

I would suggest people avoid doing business in Kenya at all costs. It only looked stable for so long because it was under a dictatorship. I think the comparisons to Rwanda are fair and probably prescient.

Diane

January 4, 2008 1:06 PM

As "dictatorships" go, this one allowed a fair degree of dissent. And Moi's hand-picked successor was not the man who ultimately replaced him.

Mohamed Mussa Awadh

January 4, 2008 5:38 PM

Close to a million died in Rwanda in a few months. Radio brodcasts were sending messages of hate and inciting people to take up arms. In Kenya right now we have "tribal" radio stations refusing to let polititions on air and all newspapers preaching peace. Areas populated by the middle classes in Nairobi and elsewhere are calm with no trouble reported. So where is the comparison with Rwanda as the "Africa Hand" would want us believe? Kenyans will solve this probelm through international mediation, peace will return and the country shall prosper!

Mwangi Wamae

January 4, 2008 5:55 PM

Kenya has not been a dictatorship for 15 years (at the very least for the 5 post-Moi years). Kibaki is NOT a dictator. The democratic space that has been allowed by the Kibaki government is something to marvel.

Yes we did slip out of control for this past week. Yes we did have a flawed election. But in my mind what is the true measure of a democratic country is not that there are egregious of violence or electoral trickery, but on how the society heals and addresses the aggrieved.

Many countries have tribal riots including the US -- (I think your tribes are called "races") -- former Yugoslavia etc. Kenya will certainly not descend into a Rwandaesque situation. Rest assured that Kenyans will find a Kenyan solution to this very Kenyan problem.

At the end of the day do business with us if it makes commercial sense to you. Don't do us a favor, please. If you don't do business with us, I am sure in this global economy someone else will. I hear Beijing is pleasant at this time of year.

When you really look under the covers this is not about tribe, it is about poverty and resources. Kikuyus are an entrepreneurial community with very little land. They have migrated to other parts of the country where there were parcels of land that were economically idle. Unfortunately much of this migration was government subsidized when the government was run by Kenyatta so the other communities believe that the Kikuyus were being given preferential treatment. (It is probably true that they were.)

There have also been over the years numerous examples where Luos and their leaders have been less than honorably treated by leaders from other groups. The list goes on but let's begin with Oginga Odinga's (Raila's father) treatment by Jomo Kenyatta, to the assasination of Tom Mboya (there were riots and killings then too), to Raila's mistreatment by Moi, to Kibaki's reneging of the power sharing Memorandum of Understanding. This electoral fraud was simply the last step.

So tempting as it may be for you to write us of as another example of Africa going-to-the-dogs take a moment to study what is really going on. We'll come out of this stronger as a nation, believe me. One nation too, indivisible.

There is no question however that this hiccup will set us back a few years. There are some serious issues that we need to address around equitable distribution of resources and access of our poorest to basic human needs like water, education and healthcare. Our leaders, all of them, have let us down, but we the people of Kenya are resilient and we'll recover.

-Mwangi

oduor

January 4, 2008 5:56 PM

I wonder what is the basis for the conclusion that raila " seems intent to stop the violence".When asked whether he would call on his people to stop the violence he said "I refuse to accept to anaesthetize the people for them to get raped".After 2 years of propaganda filled, kikuyu-bashing campaigns,many non-kikuyus had already been primed to hit at the kikuyu-stolen election notwithstanding.

Dr. Michael Mwangi

January 4, 2008 6:02 PM

The above comments reflect a lack of understanding of Kenya's economic background and promise. Looking at the fundamentals, Kenya is surely on solid footing.
World Bank figures show gross domestic product at $21.2 billion for 2006,& that Kenya's economy grew 6.1 percent in 2006 compared with a revised growth rate of 5.7 percent the previous year. Looking at its stock market:- though the recent chaos which has significantly tapered off have dented the stock market approx. 5% the fundamentals have not changed. The companies listed in Kenya's bourse e.g KBL, East African Breweries are world reknown and continue to rake in GP margin in the 40%.
Majority of Kenya's are well educated and have invested enormously in their country.An election wrangle in a few slums is not going to plunge Kenya in crisis. In my opinion this is frankly the time to buy Kenyan stocks.

MKIKUYU

January 4, 2008 6:18 PM

WHAT DOES KIBAKI COME IN WITH? SAME OLD OUTDATED DICTATORSHIPS TRICKS AFRICA DID AWAY YEARS AGO WITH... WELL A GOOD LEARNER IS HE, WILL GO DOWN THE SAME WAY.. BY THE PEOPLE POWER!

displaced child

January 4, 2008 6:26 PM

Do they want to rule a country without citizens, all dead so ruthlessly? Is it worthy ?, must we pay so dearly? WHY NOT GO BACK TO THE POLLS ? Is it not cheaper than the lives and properties being destroyed, Women and Children being raped ,killed and left homeless? Stop being Greedy, be Gentlemen, for we all thought your were-Liars.

Pato Muchiri

January 4, 2008 6:30 PM

The reason Kenya has remained peaceful over the years is not because of a dictatorship. It is simply because Kenyans are a peaceful and mature people whose love for country far exceeds any attempt at planting hate seeds that will germinate and grow into a sustained blody campaign at ethnic cleansing. It is an effort in futility that will surely be a distant memory with the generational change that is overdue. Our generation has grown up not judging each other by the tribe but by the content of one's character. What you are witnessing now is a passing cloud. Rest assured the sun will shine again on our beloved Kenya.

Ben

January 4, 2008 7:33 PM

Africa hand,you are probably illiterate to compare Kenya and Rwanda and go on to say that countries avoid Kenya.You are talking behind the safety of your computer.
The time has come for Africans to stand up against dictators and that is what exactly kenyans are doing.Its just like the civil war in the US.sacrifices must be made for future generations and dictators must see the signs of well educated populace that will fight for freedkom at all costs.The Kikuyu underestimated the patience of other kenya tribes and its only one of their own -kibaki who can now stop the slaughter

Be Honest

January 4, 2008 7:48 PM

Diane Brady you need to be more balanced in your writing.

There has been a blatant fraud in the elections.

You say "Seek redress in courts". Utter nonsense. The judges are simply stooges of Kibabi and his cronies.

Can't you see that or are blind.

sg

January 4, 2008 7:49 PM

Kenya will withstand this and be the greatest nation in Africa. Watch this space. Keep hating.. Kibaki is not a dictator.. Kenya is the only African country where people now the real menaing of freedom. People will continue to do business in Kenya I can attest to that as we speak the Economy grew at 7% from 0.2 under Moi. Anutha 5 yrs of Kibaki and we will show Africa the way

Big Mo

January 4, 2008 7:57 PM

When it comes to Kibaki, Kenyans were wrong in electing him the first time. Kibaki was in same government that he criticized, what did he do to improve the life of little people? He was corrupt before he became a president and now he is one, no wonder people wanted him out. Unfortunately with African countries, presidents are given so much power that literally do what they want, like changing the outcome of elections to suite their greed and power hungry need. Kenyans are educated and now they have started to understand the democratic process and used it to change their future but denied by old aging people who want to hold on to power so long as they can get away with it. Kibaki Criticized Moi but later joined him in getting himself steal the election and stay in power as Moi did. they are all one and the same.

Diane

January 4, 2008 8:28 PM

I was quoting Kibaki in telling people to seek redress through the courts. That's not my view. While I'm no "Africa Hand" myself, I have great faith in the people and institutions of Kenya. To my mind, this is a country that has a great future.

Haron Morara

January 4, 2008 9:05 PM

Kibaki vehemently fought Moi's regime –both in 1997 and 2002. With the selfless endorsement from Raila, the Opposition formed a formidable alliance that saw a ceremonious end to the Moi era. We thought, now corruption was a thing of the past. Wrong! We thought, with Moi gone, we can have a forward-looking administration that will take Kenya to new heights of prosperity. Wrong! Moi’s fingerprints remained intact in Kibaki’s administration. Kibaki has tried to bulldoze the will of the people, but to no avail. The Kenyans are a braced brand for progressive democracy. Kibaki promised a “clean hands” govt, but instead, he cleaned people's collective dreams to benefit his own clique of friends and tribesmen. Not so long ago they had their Ksh 1 Million per plate to boost his re-election campaign. The luncheon was held at the exclusive Safari Park Hotel. No media was invited nor welcome. Not so far from Safari Park is Kibera - one of the largest slum areas in the world where people survive on less than 100 Shillings a day. When Kibaki went to hunt for the votes from the same slum dwellers, he had a red carpet treatment (yes, a red carpet to Kibera!) and could not afford to muddy his feet (may be that is what he meant by clean hands). Kenyans have taken stock of his performance record. Kenyans are his employer, not vice versa. If they have decided to terminate his services, and rightfully so, he MUST respect their well. Kibaki can not even contain his own wife, how does he expect to run an enlightened nation. The international community needs to stand up with the people of Kenya and help them rid themselves of any sort of dictators. Kenya is a strategic country for many a nation. If we stand and watch as it burns into ruins, the cost to rebuild will be huge. The ECK Chairman has acknowledged that he was compromised. The US and EU election observers have expressed serious concerns over what happened AFTER the votes were cast. People queued on those long lines to express their democratic choices, not for those choices to be compromised. People’s democratic assets must not be seized as such.

The day of reckoning is at hand. No amount of propaganda should let people to start doubting any other person for what is going in Kenya. It is ALL KIBAKI. HE MUST GO. First, there was Mungiki, then this! No way.

KIBAKI, WHY ARE SPILLING INNOCENT BLOOD!

OBAMBLA

January 5, 2008 2:18 AM

I have a few questions I would like others to ponder about. Number one, why did the united states so quickly conrgratulate Mr kibaki and then withdraw those congratulations as soon as the European observers raised their voices? Secondly, it is illegal to conduct official business on Sunday in Kenya, yet Kibaki inaugurated himself on a Sunday, and the attorney general was present, who could have provided legal advice to the governmant. Thirdly, I have heard that there might be a government of national unity in the works.Why this is disturbing is because the losing party, mainly mr kibaki, has been in power and might continue to be in power, despite the gross evidence of corruption, and cheating, which is the reason behind the protests and killings, yet the international mediators will probably settle for this, which I am afraid will not work, because it does not deal with the root of the problem.Violence will spring up again. The solution is to either do a thorough impartial audit, while a caretaker government is in place, and have both parties agree to honour the outcome of such an audit. I am afraid kibaki is in power, and it might take the destruction of kenya for him to leave power.He lost, and cheated and should not be in power.I can guarantee you the violence will stop as soon as Kibaki steps down. If he doesn't, the hostility will just go underground, to be sparked another day at an opportune time.
Please listen to the Kenyans, and honour their wishes. If that is not done, violence will break out. Remember the university students are still on break.

Yodaman

January 5, 2008 3:45 AM

"Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely".

Kibaki has hurt his country by, at the very least, allowing the suspicious votes not be investigated by an independent source, but ask Musharraf, Bush, Putin and most leaders since the beginning of time in every part of the world, giving up power is a hard thing to do.

nicholas kamau

January 5, 2008 4:00 AM

God i love hearing comments like, you should avoid kenya at all costs. Its high level b.s by someone who doesnt understand a Gem when they are handed one. It has come to the worlds complete attention that Kenya controls east africa. Accept that little fact, from Tanzania uganda rwanda and burundi. Kenya controls all these countries, dont beleive me oh they are rationing oil in burundi,yoweri is calling mwai to congratulate him but are you going to see kenyans making the rest of east africans suffer. Trust me i am giving this a week and it will all be gone. Sure there is some damage that has been done but nothing that cant be corrected. Anyone remember the bombing. Now that was something that brough things to a stand still. I have luo friends all over , am i suddenly going to start hating on him. I havent swallowed that poison that is spread in america that causes such a racial disconnet. There are better things to do that hate on luos or kalenjins. Remember this no matter who you are, if you dont know how to run a business no matter what favour has been given to you, you cant run it. It takes a special person whether luo kikuyu or whatever tribe there is out there to successfully run a business. Smarts not connections. Amen. Kenya will be back, if you have money get in when the market comes in, six months from now you should make a killing

LUCIA

January 5, 2008 4:05 AM

TRULY HE SHOULD BE BOLD AND CALL A SPADE A SPADE AND RESIGN AND EVERYONE WILL
RESPECT HIM.

kisakye john herbert

January 5, 2008 4:29 AM

i do advise all the religeous people in east africa to turn to GOD and cry to him for the salvation of his people in kenya.

David Amakobe

January 5, 2008 12:17 PM

Listening to International Community on the way forward in Kenya, I have learnt three vital lessons: One that the World likes winners, the end justifies the means, win at any cost. Two that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. The Last and third lesson is that the people who vote do not sharp world opinion so sadly their views and choices do not matter.
Now Kibaki you win, put the guns away

David Amakobe

January 5, 2008 10:23 PM

One more thing before I forget. The rest of Kenyans are angry because Kibaki and his cronnies do not show any respect to them. The other Kenyans feel that they are treated as if they were "form'd to serve and obey" in the words of the 18th century writer David Cooper. These are the isues ODM want addressed instead of pulling them under the rug. If Kibaki and his people learn to respect everyone, this Nation will be stronger after this slip. Has anyone considered why ODM got no votes from central and Eastern.... and why many displaced people are coming from every part of Kenya. May be it is that the country is open for Kibakis people but there side is closed to everyone else.... just may be. Just remember one word RESPECT will go along way

obambla

January 5, 2008 10:35 PM

The tragedy of Kenya is an undiluted product of the sit-tight mentality that African leadership have come to represent. When Joaquim Alberto Chissano became the first winner of the Mo Ibrahim prize for achievement in African leadership, I was very skeptical as to the ability of the award to produce at the most three more African leaders who can effectively match-up to the exploits of the former Mozambican leader.
The criteria with which candidates were selected for the award are based on Promotion of the rule of law, Economic opportunity, Political freedom, promotion of the rule of law, offering security to citizens amongst others. I honestly believe it would be easier finding a missing padlock in the middle of the Atlantic than finding a leader in Africa with these qualifications at present.
Well! My cynicism is being given life in the form of Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, who at present is attempting to carry forward the life-long gene of “sit-tightism” that has hitherto clamped down on any form of progress in the Continent of Africa.
Recently I read in the papers that Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was contemplating making a constitutional amendment that will enable him run for an extended term in office, there is also the case of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabawe who has been the only leader the southern African country has known. Mugabe has spent all his youthful effort, which could have been used in uplifting his country, fighting resistance to his ambition of being life-president. He is the African enigma that has eluded comprehension. His case is made more astonishing, in that fellow African leaders seem to care less if he is killing his people or not. Foreign presidents have called for the removal of the “Beast of Rhodesia”, yet surprisingly no African leader has thought it wise to lend a voice in that respect.
The much respected South African leader, Thabo Mbeki also initiated a rather lame attempt at perpetuating himself in office, this was quickly done away with as the people rather accept an accused rapist that a man slowly I becoming inebriated with power.
We cannot so easily have forgotten how Olusegun Obasanjo right in the full glare of the Nigerian public sought to extend his tyranny by yet another four years, but his political opponents were able to whip up enough sentiment to stall his evil attempt.
There are also rumors that President John Kuffour of Ghana is also about to join the “league of extraordinarily ungentlemen”, as he is already harboring intention to extend his stay in office beyond the stipulated date.
All over Africa this crazy trend seems to exist where there is a seat of power. The continent has become known for its awkward leadership style and governmental approach rather than for anything else. This malaise is slowly spreading to the lower cadre of leadership in the continent.
In total honesty, The elections that were conducted in Kenya where no worse than that which Maurice Iwu and his assembly of diabolic fraudsters organized in Nigeria. But what I find interesting and I dare say commendable is the Kenyan people’s will and desire not to be taken for a political ride anymore.
Unlike the Nigerian experience, the Kenyan people decided to fight for their freedom, they stood up against the powers of the incumbent who had decided to subvert their will and wishes.
They chose not to murmur and grumble in their reticence, they decided for the sake of their future generations not to allow evil claim any form of space on the pedestal of their history.
They decided to stand up for the sake of morality against the enthronement of slavery; they chose to put their destinies in their hands. They decided to control the manner in which they will be ruled. They sought for a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
It is unfortunate lives were lost, more so innocent blood, but that was all the result of Mwai Kibaki’s devious intention to remain in power against the wishes of Majority of the electorate.
The attention of the world has now been drawn to the extensive evil that has been wrought in the country largely because the people decided to take a stand for their future. There is a popular saying that says; “if you don’t stand for anything you will fall for anything”. We fell for anything in the country, while the Kenyans stood up for something

kcin ayubo

January 5, 2008 10:46 PM

Where did democracy go in Africa? Most presidents after clinching power they taste power hence arrogance and dictatorship. Kibaki is pretending to be Kenyas President when actually Raila Odinga ousted him and now he is using his powers of president to impose himself on people.They have a poor constitution I bet

He can't even explain it himself! Raila Odinga has 100 ODM party parliament seats while his loose coalition of many small small parties could only afford 36 seats. As if not enough his former cabinet was all voted out including vice president and when the country was striking the guy retreatred to statehouse for a night swearing in ceremony. The guests were senior military officers and all his last poll rejected cabinet and the worst is they were in a rush that they dint raise Kenyan flag or even sing national anthem! Plus no diplomant was present.what a shame to Kenya when we thought they were more democratic than other african countries. The worst still is that Electoral commissioner Samuel Kivuitu declared him president under siege despite concrete evidence of inflated figures for Kibaki and he later confessed that he did not know if Kibaki won.He has finally admitted to having his officers altering results and inflating them infact in 48 central constituencies the voters were estimated as 150 percent for Kibaki.

How do you even explain this? all the largest provinces that's
Riftvalley with 3,000,000 registered voters.Turnout was 2,000,000. 1,599,007 went to Odinga.
Westen province voter turnout was 1,300,000. Odinga got 986,045
Coast province turnout 1,436,980. Odinga got 893,098
Nyanza province home ground for Raila voter turnout 2,000,000. Raila got 1,599,000
North eastern province voter turnout 120,000 Raila 87,000
Nairobi province capital center-this has eight constituencies and 5 parliament seats are for ODM and still Odinga won here in votes. turnout 1,780,002 Raila got 754,097. the remaing votes shared by other 7 presidential candidates.

Now Central province Kibakis strongholds, voter turnout 2,000,000 Kibaki got 1,788,000
Eastern province with 1,800 000 turnout Kibaki got 1,050,000.( KIbaki has become a president because of two provinces) am laughing my head off about african politics. provinces he won in two got 36 parliament seats and he is a president.

Odinga won in 5 provinces out of 8 with 101 parliament seats and somebody wants him to be in opposition. Final tallying revealed Kibaki had 4,533,008. Raila 4,348,980,Kalonzo-807,005 and others.Its
rather absurd. Kibaki got a maximum of three million votes and Odinga had over four point five. Its very unfair to say the least.

Thats why Kenyans reacted in that violence manner. Whoever said here that its Luo and Kikuyu he is mistaken. Kenya has 42 tribes and all 40 except two Kikuyu(central) and Meru(eatsern voted for Raila.
Kenya is crying blood because of a greedy man with self egos who has no remorse that people are dying and instead of dialogue he has turned kenya into a police state threatening opposition with dire consequences and also he has denied them media coverage as he has suspended live coverage.


The European Union observers have dismissed the tallying process and other dignatrories say it was flawed.In this whole world its only Museven of Uganda who congratulated him reasons you all know that he also rigged himself to power. raila is the kenyan peoples democratic choice and Kibaki knows thats why he can only take refuge at statehouse

kcin ayubo

January 5, 2008 11:34 PM

Where did democracy go in Africa? Most presidents after clinching power they taste power hence arrogance and dictatorship. Kibaki is pretending to be Kenyas President when actually Raila Odinga ousted him and now he is using his powers of president to impose himself on people.They have a poor constitution I bet

He can't even explain it himself! Raila Odinga has 100 ODM party parliament seats while his loose coalition of many small small parties could only afford 36 seats. As if not enough his former cabinet was all voted out including vice president and when the country was striking the guy retreatred to statehouse for a night swearing in ceremony. The guests were senior military officers and all his last poll rejected cabinet and the worst is they were in a rush that they dint raise Kenyan flag or even sing national anthem! Plus no diplomant was present.what a shame to Kenya when we thought they were more democratic than other african countries. The worst still is that Electoral commissioner Samuel Kivuitu declared him president under siege despite concrete evidence of inflated figures for Kibaki and he later confessed that he did not know if Kibaki won.He has finally admitted to having his officers altering results and inflating them infact in 48 central constituencies the voters were estimated as 150 percent for Kibaki.

How do you even explain this? all the largest provinces that's
Riftvalley with 3,000,000 registered voters.Turnout was 2,000,000. 1,599,007 went to Odinga.
Westen province voter turnout was 1,300,000. Odinga got 986,045
Coast province turnout 1,436,980. Odinga got 893,098
Nyanza province home ground for Raila voter turnout 2,000,000. Raila got 1,599,000
North eastern province voter turnout 120,000 Raila 87,000
Nairobi province capital center-this has eight constituencies and 5 parliament seats are for ODM and still Odinga won here in votes. turnout 1,780,002 Raila got 754,097. the remaing votes shared by other 7 presidential candidates.

Now Central province Kibakis strongholds, voter turnout 2,000,000 Kibaki got 1,788,000
Eastern province with 1,800 000 turnout Kibaki got 1,050,000.( KIbaki has become a president because of two provinces) am laughing my head off about african politics. provinces he won in two got 36 parliament seats and he is a president.

Odinga won in 5 provinces out of 8 with 101 parliament seats and somebody wants him to be in opposition. Final tallying revealed Kibaki had 4,533,008. Raila 4,348,980,Kalonzo-807,005 and others.Its
rather absurd. Kibaki got a maximum of three million votes and Odinga had over four point five. Its very unfair to say the least.

Thats why Kenyans reacted in that violence manner. Whoever said here that its Luo and Kikuyu he is mistaken. Kenya has 42 tribes and all 40 except two Kikuyu(central) and Meru(eatsern voted for Raila.
Kenya is crying blood because of a greedy man with self egos who has no remorse that people are dying and instead of dialogue he has turned kenya into a police state threatening opposition with dire consequences and also he has denied them media coverage as he has suspended live coverage.


The European Union observers have dismissed the tallying process and other dignatrories say it was flawed.In this whole world its only Museven of Uganda who congratulated him reasons you all know that he also rigged himself to power. raila is the kenyan peoples democratic choice and Kibaki knows thats why he can only take refuge at statehouse

Africa Hand

January 7, 2008 10:32 AM

Check out the piece in today's New York Times. The Kikuyus are being forced to leave in droves from their homelands in Western Kenya. That doesn't sound like stability to me.

Athman Mohamed

January 11, 2008 8:30 AM


Mr. Africa Hand, how many people is a drove to you? And how big of a drove makes a country unstable? A few hundreds, a couple of hundred thousand, a million?

Am right here in the thick of it and I do not see the droves you talk about. All I see is displaced hundreds, not by the political powers that be... but by a few looters and hooligans who took advantage of the situation.

Unlike Rwanda, Zimbabwe and others... there is no funding of these activities... hence they are not sustainable. Sooner or later, the looters will go hungry and they will sober down and we are back to normal.

It's already happening.

Mike Otechi

January 16, 2009 4:41 PM

The last post I see, Dianne, is dated January 18th,2008. So we voted and the country was divided in the middle and it took Koffi Annan to cool the fires. One year later, the ambers have supposedly cooled,never mind that the bodies of the victims still lie in mortuaries unburied in Eldoret. Never mind that the IDPs are still tucked away in the biting cold camps of Timboroa. For the real world, it was juicy to talk about the Kenya story in January,2008, when it was still hot.
As Iwrite today, President Kibaki dutifully declared the food crisis anational disaster notwithstanding widespread reports that corruption is rife in the collision government. I do think that Kenya is ripe for a revolution-a la Russia-of 1917 as orchestrated by Vladimir Lenin.

Diane Brady

January 16, 2009 5:07 PM

Mike,
You're right. With all the attention to the tragedy that has been unfolding in Zimbabwe, there hasn't been enough attention paid to the situation in Kenya. Thanks for helping to bring our readers up to date.

Mike Otechi

January 29, 2009 7:47 AM

That an American President with solid Kenyan roots ought to keep this thread running. Obama has hit the ground running. All indications are that he has the solid support of the American people. That we Kenyans dare claim President Obama to be one of our own ought to motivate us even more to put our house in order. The corruption, the want coz of famine, the ineptitude in government.
And,Yes We, Too in Kenya,Can.
Mike Otechi
www.contractserviceassociates.net.

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