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Kenyatta Criticized the West in the Past, Now He Wants Their Help

This particular decision by Kenyatta’s Jubilee Coalition was a stark and blunt reminder that underscored the silliness of the post-election narrative:That the era of mega-corruption in Kenya is over because Mr. Kenyatta has hisownmoney.The two decisions are rich with irony for a president and country that collectively wrapped themselves in nationalism and jingoism by transforming Kenyans are finally waking up to the reality that corruption and impunity is continuing to happen right under President Uhuru Kenyatta’snose, make that his office, as evidenced by recent scandals implicating persons working in his office. And rather than report them to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for investigations, Mr. Kenyatta transferred them from the Office of the President to other positions in his government! Additionally, Mr. Kenyatta’s deputy and fellow crimes-against-humanity suspect Mr. William Ruto is rumored to be one of the “Singhs” who “own” the piece of land that birthed images of Kenya’s Selma and Soweto –, make that his office, as evidenced by recent scandals implicating persons working in his office. And rather than report them to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for investigations, Mr. Kenyatta transferred them from the Office of the President to other positions in his government! Additionally, Mr. Kenyatta’s deputy and fellow crimes-against-humanity suspect Mr. William Ruto is rumored to be one of the “Singhs” who “own” the piece of land that birthed images of Kenya’s Selma and Soweto –state-sponsored brutality against school children!To put it bluntly, the fish rots from the head on down. Corruption in Kenya has always emanated from the very top, beginning with its first president Jomo Kenyatta. It is now so pervasive that the president who romped into office by excoriating the hypocrisy of America (Podesta Group) and Britain (Tony Blair) finds himself turning to them for help! In an ode to Henry John Temple’s prescient take on relationships between nations, hiring Mr. Blair, someone whoseappearanceat The Hague Mr. Kenyatta and his sycophants have repeatedly called for, to “deliver” i.e. mitigate “eating” on mega-projects turns on its head Mr.Kenyatta’s claimthat the reason for Africa’s mediocre and erratic development is the “stiff resistance by those who benefit from a divided Africa.”Africa’s mediocre and erratic development has little to do with the “stiff resistance….” (whatever that even means) and everything to do with the inability of the likes of Mr. Kenyatta to confront the scourge of corruption and impunity even when it is happening right Africa’s mediocre and erratic development has little to do with the “stiff resistance….” (whatever that even means) and everything to do with the inability of the likes of Mr. Kenyatta to confront the scourge of corruption and impunity even when it is happening rightin frontof them. His decision to bring in hired guns from countries he has repeatedly accused of hypocrisy and worse completely rubbishes the claim that “Africans are better placed to solve their own problems.”In the piece titled”Forget foreign intervention, Africans are better placed to solve their own problems,” President Kenyatta writes that former Ghanaian president, Kwame Nkrumah advised Africans to combine “…their numbers and resources to protect themselves from the very positive dangers of returning colonialism in disguised forms.”, Africans are better placed to solve their own problems,” President Kenyatta writes that former Ghanaian president, Kwame Nkrumah advised Africans to combine “…their numbers and resources to protect themselves from the very positive dangers of returning colonialism in disguised forms.”I offer a different take on Mr. Kenyatta’s interpretation of Mr. Nkrumah’s advice.Colonialism has many variants, of which the one perpetrated by the Europeans and Americans is but one. The basic mechanics of “the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colony in one territory by a political power from another territory” i.e. In 1967, Jomo Kenyatta’s nemesis Jaramogi Oginga Odinga offered the rather foretelling analysis regarding the mutation of colonialism in his book “Not Yet Uhuru.” Kenya’s first bona fide opposition leader offered the view that “Kenyans (were) still struggling to prevent (fellow) Kenyans in black skin… from ruling as successors to the administrators of the colonial era.”As previously indicated, I have always believed that Mr. Kenyatta pushed the Pan-Africanism message less out of altruistic nationalism and more to save himself from the crimes-against-humanity charges he was facing at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Now that the charges have been As previously indicated, I have always believed that Mr. Kenyatta pushed the Pan-Africanism message less out of altruistic nationalism and more to save himself from the crimes-against-humanity charges he was facing at the ICC.