By Richard Dowden (THE TIMES, 01/01/08):
Shocked by pictures of death and mayhem on the streets of Kenyan towns, a Kenyan friend in Britain called me to express her shock. “But these things don’t happen in Kenya!” she exclaimed, as if Kenya – or Keenya as she pronounced it – was immune from the political ills that have plagued Africa in the past 50 years.
She is wrong. Kenya has been a catastrophe waiting to happen. Every election since multiparty politics was reintroduced in 1991 has involved rigging. So far the margin of victory has always been so great that Western diplomats – keen to maintain “stability” – could claim that the cheating would not have made a difference to the result.… Seguir leyendo »
Michela Wrong is the author of In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz and I Didn’t Do it for You (THE GUARDIAN, 30/01/06):
When John Githongo, Kenya’s anti-corruption tsar, suddenly went to ground during an official visit to Europe last year, the Kenyan and international media launched a frantic man-hunt to establish why «the big man» had abandoned his post. That interest did not die away when Githongo eventually resurfaced at an Oxford college. It didn’t take a genius, after all, to guess that when the official responsible for policing an African government’s finances flees, something is seriously amiss.
Given that the international community each year supplies Kenya with nearly $500m in aid, you might expect the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and western governments to share that curiosity.… Seguir leyendo »