Monday, March 16, 2009

Conflict between the state and Kenya's poor

How can you explain to a hunger stricken peasant in Yatta or Lodwar why their family or community cannot have a decent meal in Kenya? Do you tell them that the weather has conspired with globalization to consign them to their misfortune? Or that good fortune is available only if you are born into the families that inhabit Muthaiga? What do you tell a peasant who knows that in Kenya there are 142 or more District Commissioners, each with a minimum of three cars fuelled by the state, whose specific duties are not too clear?

Makhakara has some questions, and a surprising answer.