Off again

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I’m off to Kenya tomorrow for a meeting. I haven’t been there since 2003 in the aftermath of the election. Then Nairobi was buzzing; Daniel arap Moi had gone and his party thrown out, there was a new president and everyone had high hopes. Those hopes have [had a tough time since->http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4288595.stm], with numerous accusations of corruption, the sacking of the entire cabinet, [fears that the president was trying to grab power->http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4438976.stm] and [an apparent attack on the media->http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4770784.stm]. So it will be interesting to see what the mood is now. Africa so desperately needs a successful, corruption-free government; a beacon country to show the way. Kenya has so much going for it, but when it the average Kenyan pays [an estimated 16 bribes a month->http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_in_Kenya] and when the incoming government spent [more on new cars for officials than it did on combatting malaria->http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=32054], you wonder if anything ever is going to change.