Kenya’s corrupt ministers blame UK

BBC News | Kenya hits out at British envoy

Kenya may take “remedial measures” against the British high commissioner for failing to recognise President Mwai Kibaki’s government, a minister says.

It is so like an African Government to be caught with their hands in the cookie jar and then blame it on colonialism!

It’s reminiscent of the tripe that youths in the UK come out with in court, e.g. ‘I am not a bad person, I just had a tough upbringing.’ Kenya was once thought to be a shining beacon on an otherwise corrupt continent, and I was as shocked as anyone both by the fixed election and the violence that followed.

The high commissioner was doing his job, precisely as he was meant to do. I hope that they do take remedial measures, and that then Britain does likewise and withdraws our substantial monetary aid from Kenya. After all:

the foreign minister said Kenya did not need “the stamp of confirmation” from its former colonial masters.

Kibaki

I presume that they don’t need our money either then? I can only assume that this is some pathetic attempt to divert attention away from the fact that Mr Kibaki’s goverment fixed an election and has been murdering protesters?

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3 responses to “Kenya’s corrupt ministers blame UK

  1. Nice way of expressing things.

    –Anish
    http://coversports.blogspot.com

  2. I’ve read the article you’ve linked to and nowhere does it say that the troubles in Kenya have been blamed on colonialism(although a good case could be made). And you make the charge of corruption against the minister in question, could you back it up. It’s become so easy now to make that charge against African politicians that one doesn’t even need to produce any evidence. I know for a fact that you can search high and low and you will not find anyhere that Moses Wetangula has even been accused of corruption but he’s African, a minister and ergo must be corrupt, right?

    The reason why the Kenyan government can take such a hardline approach is because unlike other African countries, it’s the ONLY African government that isn’t Aid dependent and finances its own budget, but again, that’s one of those things which people bandy about without checking their facts because…it’s Africa!

  3. Hello IM, thank you for your comment. I admit that it doesn’t mention anywhere that the Foreign Minister of Kenya is corrupt but it is merely an assumption based on the facts. He is in the government of Kibaki, which by the reckoning of all international observers ‘unfairly won’ (diplomatic speak for: fixed) the recent election. For me that makes Kibaki corrupt, if he didn’t fix it himself, then he’s either complicit or turning a blind eye to the actions of a powerful supporter. By default that means Wetangula is also corrupt. He didn’t offer his resignation when the results were questioned, instead he thinks that everyone else is wrong for not recognising the election result. For me that shows that he is lacking in integrity.

    Wetangula seems to imply that colonialism is responsible, why else would he mention colonialism? And let’s face it, it is a tired excuse that is used often in Africa by corrupt governments, particularly as Kenya was granted it’s independence 44 years ago. That’s kind of like the British government blaming Germany for the housing shortage in the UK.

    As for aid:

    The UK Government, through the Department for International Development, was the largest bilateral donor to Kenya in the past three years.

    In 2005/06 DFID spent over £60 million Over 80% of that was on health, education and humanitarian assistance following the droughts.

    Britain is deeply committed to helping to eliminate poverty in Kenya by working with partners to help Kenya to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

    These include halving the number of people living on less than $1 per day, achieving universal primary education, reducing child mortality by two-thirds and halting the spread of HIV/AIDS.

    The British High Commission, Nairobi.

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