I Hope It Was Worth It
So, 1500 people died and some 600,000 people were displaced in violence after rigged elections that denied Raila Odinga his chance to become (what his campaign promised would be) the Peopleâ€™s President.
He never really specified exactly what the Peopleâ€™s President would do. But the feeling was that he would ensure the dark days of corruption and patronage were firmly in the past. He would govern as an inclusive leader, addressing the real problems of poverty and inequality that have bedevilled Kenyaâ€™s development.
But now that he has instead landed the post of prime minister we are starting to get a feel for his agenda. One of the first acts of the Peopleâ€™s Prime Minister has been to sort out his transport, according to todayâ€™s Standardâ€¦
The main perks that will go with the Prime Minister-designate Raila Odingaâ€™s office continue to fall in place, awaiting his swearing in expected this week. The process of ordering a sleek, custom-made, Mercedes Benz car for the prime minister is understood to have started and is at the assembly and delivery stage.
The only thing more depressing than Raila’s choice of a Mercedes Benz – the badge of corrupt officialdom across Africa – is the Kenyan mediaâ€™s lack of concern. The Standard is happy to parrot the government line that officials were sent to Germany to pick a â€œcar, model and colour befitting the prime ministerâ€™s statureâ€. Until Kenyans decide they have had enough of vain, self-serving politicians, then that is what they will continue to get.