"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

1.17.2008

in kenya...

"American diplomats in Kenya recently finished their own analysis of the voting results and concluded that the election was so flawed it was impossible to tell who really won." - NYT

How very diplomatic of them.

The protests continue. Tensions are really high in Kisumu, Kenya's third-largest city that sits on a gulf of Lake Victoria. Kisumu is a lovely place of which I have fond memories. It's sad to know that "stone-throwing mobs" are rampaging there.

9 Comments:

Blogger William Deed said...

They were probably a little fearful to say who actually won.

Thursday, January 17, 2008 1:20:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Exactly, especially given that the IRI (a US-government-funded organization that exists to promote democracy) exit polls apparently show Odinga as the winner.

Thursday, January 17, 2008 1:33:00 PM

 
Anonymous James said...

I too have very fond memories of Kisumu, most of which were just stops taken by the Akamba bus on my journeys between NBI and Kampala. Knowing Luos who were in hiding around Tigoni and Kikuyu who were in hiding in Eldoret and other regions of W. Kenya just broke my heart.

I don't have time to keep up with Africa as I would like, but I'm glad to use your site as a jumping off point for events around C. & E. Africa--even if you are a UT fan. Thanks!

Thursday, January 17, 2008 4:58:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

James, thanks for stopping by. We're ecumenical around here, so even those who practice distortions of the faith (by cheering for the Aggies and Sooners and such) are welcome. :)

You mentioned Tigoni - do you have a Brackenhurst connection? I miss those tea fields!

Thursday, January 17, 2008 5:02:00 PM

 
Anonymous James said...

I worked (and lived) at Brackenhurst for a year, doing some marketing for a new ministry that was starting in the early part of the millenium (see brackenhurstministries.org). Not to get all mystical, but that was one of the most "spiritual" places I've ever been around. I think it was the beauty of it that did it for me.

I appreciate your ecumenical spirit, but continued cracks on Toby Keith and the OU Sooners simply lowers your music & sports credibility.

Friday, January 18, 2008 4:24:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Oh, cool. Brackenhurst is an amazing place; it's where I was introduced to Kenya. I went back a couple of years ago and wow, has it changed. But the tea fields are still the same, and I will never forget waking up that first morning and seeing what was outside our front door.

All I have to say about the Sooners is that at least my team doesn't crack under BCS pressure. :)

Friday, January 18, 2008 10:36:00 PM

 
Blogger Roger said...

Gosh, how would know if your team doesn't crack under BCS pressure? I mean, you have to finish at least in the top 2 of the Big 12 to test this theory, si?

Friday, January 18, 2008 11:04:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Winning one of every three must hurt, huh? We wouldn't know.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 2:48:00 PM

 
Blogger Roger said...

Gosh, do you REALLY want to start comparing the number of National Championships, Heisman Trophy winners, winning streaks, NCAA records?....think about it....know your facts....

1 of 3 hurts...but 1 out of...1...that must be embarrassing when you win the "recruiting war" every year? But now, Major Messiah is here....so, we quake in our boots :)

Saturday, January 19, 2008 5:54:00 PM

 

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