Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Kenyan Odyssey, 2002 Redux

In mid-2002, Kenyans were treated to a great surprise when following years of division, a selection of their ethnic potentates met together and formed a grand coalition named NARC, the National Alliance Rainbow Coalition.

Note the emphasis on words denoting unity and togetherness, and the triumph of the whole over the fraction. Four words in a name, all affirming the same idea. It did not work out, it really did not. Like a bad movie, it was panned by the critics and the protagonists showed little on-screen chemistry or potential. And now, the re-run.

Cartoon from Patrick Gathara here.