Mocking democracy: Government of Kenya announces “Kenyan Asian community backs President Kenyatta’s re-election”

[Update: The Daily Nation, "State Officials on the campaign trail":  "The Jubilee administration has deployed civil servants and key government officials on vote hunting missions across the country in contravention of the law."] Let it not be said that there is…

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International Crisis Group report on “Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis” calls on donors to show “complete transparency”; USAID is apparently not convinced yet

"Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis"  March 2017 International Crisis Group paper by Murithi Mutiga Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior posts. Measures taken now can avert the risk of…

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Expect US Africa policy to be led from Pentagon rather than State Department or White House, in near term if not for the next four years [updated]

(https://flic.kr/p/6fgHxc) The President himself has never been to Africa and has shown no particular interest or inclination toward engagement on any of the various issues on his plate regarding the United States' activities in and relationships with African countries. In…

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As it was in 2007, is it now in 2016? “Too much corruption” in Kenya to risk a change in power at elections?

I wrote about my most important conversation from the 2007 campaign in Kenya here in installment 13 of my "War for History" series: Fresh from my first meeting with the American Ambassador with his enthusiasm for the current political environment…

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How did Donald Trump get this far?; our actions in Kenya since 2007 are an example of why Americans are frustrated [updated 10/10/16]

[I updated to correct an error -- the USAID Inspector General, rather than the U.S. Government Accountability Office, conducted the referenced investigation that found USAID funds went into supporting the "yes" campaign in the 2010 Kenya referendum, rather than providing…

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Having apologized for having gotten our shoes in the way of the vomit, donors to Kenya’s government are now finally alarmed again about the (ongoing) corruption

Here is the latest from Kenya's Journalists for Justice on the corrupt involvement of personnel in the Kenya Defense Forces in the charcoal and sugar smuggling trade. It's not so much that I'm jaded, it's just that I have watched…

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