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


move along

Nope, nothing to see, no corruption here:
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has revoked the prime minister's suspension of two government ministers linked to corruption allegations.

The ministers of agriculture and education were suspended by Prime Minister Raila Odinga during fraud investigations into missing funds.

But hours later the suspensions were lifted as Mr Kibaki said Mr Odinga did not have the authority to suspend.

The two suspended ministers have denied any personal wrongdoing.

There had been growing calls for ministers to resign after millions of dollars of public money were siphoned off in an education and a maize scandal.
The prospects of free, fair, and nonviolent elections in 2011 dim more and more with every passing day.


Blogger Ben Byerly said...

I'm wondering if this particular issue (the president's reversal) has more to do with protocol and power concerns than corruption per se.

Monday, February 15, 2010 8:39:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Are both ministers part of Kibaki's inner circle?

Monday, February 15, 2010 11:51:00 AM

Blogger Ben Byerly said...

Not at all. Ruto is ODM, but is rising as an internal rival to Odinga. I suspect the president's actions have more to do with being miffed that he was not consulted, and trying to keep the PM in his place.

A real Kenyan would be able to explain all the political complexities. I've had my head buried in biblical studies for a long time, but I do know that political protocol is very important here.

Monday, February 15, 2010 2:03:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Fair enough. But we also know that Kibaki has a lot to hide, and we don't know who knows all the things the has to hide if that makes sense. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Monday, February 15, 2010 4:28:00 PM


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