December 26, 2002
WHETHER AMERICANS can locate Kenya on the map or not, the East African nation is important to the United States. It has been one of the few stable countries on a troubled continent -- and is a staging area for military operations in the Middle East. On Friday, change will come to Kenya. Voters will elect a successor to President Daniel arap Moi, who has been in power for the past 25 years. It is likely that his party and its favored candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta, will be trounced. If that happens, the next president would be Mwai Kibaki, the 71-year-old former vice president who is the top challenger.
June 13, 2011
Herman Cain has made a lot of waves in the GOP race for the White House lately. He's gone from a virtual unknown with a record of losing elections to one of the top three or four candidates in the race, largely on the strength of his performance at the first GOP debate. (I do not share this view of Cain's performance, but many Republican voters apparently disagree with me.) Even though Cain has impressed many, he often shows his ignorance on important issues, such as having no plan for Afghanistan, dabbling in birtherism, not understanding the "Right of Return" for Palestinians, and, now, claiming President Barack Obama was "raised in Kenya.
May 26, 2010
The walls of the hut were made of mud, topped by a triangular-shaped grass roof. There was no electricity or indoor plumbing. Water was retrieved from a river 20 minutes away. Nine months ago, these were the realities of Kikanae Punyua's life in Kenya, but much has changed since then. Punyua, 17, left behind his friends, family and country last summer for a chance to study in the United States. Becoming one of the top distance runners in the state was not something the Wilde Lake junior ever imagined.
October 20, 2003
THE LID IS off in Kenya. President Mwai Kibaki shocked the nation last week by suspending 23 top judges because of allegations of corruption and unethical conduct. Then, on same day, his government announced that a truth, justice and reconciliation commission will be formed to look into a wide range of human rights violations that have occurred in that East African country since its 1963 independence from Britain. "We want to diagnose the disease that has ailed Kenya for the last 40 years," Justice Minister Kiraitu Murungi declared.
January 13, 1993
Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi can now claim to be popularly elected. His three opponents and some foreign observers may claim vote fraud in the Dec. 29 election, but never mind. Even by official figures, nearly twice as many Kenyans voted to chuck Mr. Moi out as to retain him. He came in first, but with only 37 percent of the recorded vote, against three opponents. That is no mandate for a cult of personality.Mr. Moi held the election to appease the foreign lending and aid donor community, not to cave in to domestic opponents.
December 31, 2002
REAL DEMOCRACY has a better chance to transform Africa after weekend elections produced a political earthquake in Kenya. Sick and tired of four decades of growing poverty and corruption, voters turned against the ruling party and elected a new president, who campaigned on economic reform, technical modernization and universal primary education. At his inauguration yesterday, President Mwai Kibaki made it clear he will insist on new rules. "I will start my government with officials who I will expect to declare their wealth," he declared.