Kenya – the Gospel according to RAO
I was privledged to sit in on RAO´s presentation on Kenya today at the CSIS – the audio, video and transcript are right here.
I liked the optimistic, forward looking trajectory he took on much that makes for our present condition.
The Q&A was a sizzler, including a great one on the CDF by ex-WB chief Paul Wolfowitz.
Later in the day at the George Washington University for a Kenyans-only session, RAO harped on the promise of national unity amidst the challenges presently facing the nation.
The content was in the main similar to what he had given in the morning. at CSIS – so you will not have missed anything if you just consume the web conten at CSIS.
The GWU affair was easy and generally light-hearted.
The one-liner that had everyone laughing was the tale of second-generation IDPs returning to Luo Nyanza to no home they know.
Locals, RAO said, have been laughing at them.
“How can Obama return from Chcago and pinpoint his home in Kogello yet you guys, who lived just here in Limuru and Tigoni cannot tell us where in Bondo your forefathers hailed from before they left? You cannot be serious!“
And of course he had more misemos hapa na pale.
RAO the politician was impressive.
It is difficult comprehending how anyone is going to accuse him of endangering the present coalition arrangement or, indeed, his own political future, by keeping in his present paths.
1. Defence Minister Mohammed Y. Hajji could not make it to GWU. He was resting. Had yet to adjust to the time difference, RAO said.
2. The Cabinet ministers accompanying RAO looked a tad out of place and “ignored“ during and mostly after the CSIS event. The audience then, as indeed afterwads (and at GWU), appeared largely pro-RAO and ODM (mapambano was sung, etc). All communities were visibly there. PNU still have some convincing to do, if the overall reception should mean anything.
3. Of the business cards I got from the delegation today, only a few had e-mail accounts one might consider official and safe. What other members of the delegation are still doing conducting serious government business via web-based e-mail accounts just beats me.