It's Our Turn to Eat

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-02-26
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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In January 2003, Kenya- seen as the most stable country in Africa- was hailed as a model of democracy after the peaceful election of its new president, Mwai Kibaki. By appointing respected longtime reformer John Githongo as anticorruption czar, the new Kikuyu government signaled its determination to end the corrupt practices that had tainted the previous regime. Yet only two years later, Githongo himself was on the run, having discovered that the new administration was ruthlessly pillaging public funds."Under former President Moi, his Kalenjin tribesmen ate. Now it's our turn to eat," politicians and civil servants close to the president told Githongo. As a member of the government and the president's own Kikuyu tribe, Githongo was expected to cooperate. But he refused to be bound by ethnic loyalty. Githongo had secretly compiled evidence of official malfeasance and, at great personal risk, made the painful choice to go public. The result was Kenya's version of Watergate. Michela Wrong's account of how a pillar of the establishment turned whistle-blower, becoming simultaneously one of the most hated and admired men in Kenya, grips like a political thriller. At the same time, by exploring the factors that continue to blight Africa-ethnic favoritism, government corruption, and the smug complacency of Western donor nations- It's Our Turn to Eat probes the very roots of the continent's predicament. It is a story that no one concerned with our global future can afford to miss.

Table of Contents

Mapp. vii
Prologuep. xi
The Big Manp. 1
An Unexpected Guestp. 21
Starting Afreshp. 33
Mucking out the Augean Stablesp. 41
Dazzled by the Lightp. 65
Pulling the Serpent's Tailp. 77
The Call of the Tribep. 99
Breaking the Mouldp. 121
The Making of the Sheng Generationp. 145
Everything Depends on the Bossp. 163
Gorging Their Fillp. 183
A Form of Mourningp. 205
In Exilep. 227
Spilling the Beansp. 247
Backlashp. 255
A Plaza Paradisep. 279
It's Not Your Turnp. 295
Epiloguep. 317
List of Key Charactersp. 336
Glossaryp. 337
Acknowledgementsp. 339
Notesp. 341
Indexp. 345
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