Friday, February 22, 2008

What Truly Ails Kenya

Are we experiencing post colonial blues or are we suffering from something more sinister: learned helplessness? I've been following with some interest the ongoing discussions by the National Dialogue Team and juxtaposing those with the general mood in the country.
What strikes you almost immediately is the collective sentiment among the public that if the Annan team fails to strike a deal and then all is lost. Kenya as we used to know it ceases to exist.
In my musings I've been trying to understand when we fell into this abyss that we are finding rather difficult to climb out of, where it's become a do or die with the negotiation teams and failure has been declared a non-option (and perhaps rightly so).

Read more from Sophie Mukwana here.