Why Kenyans think they have a stake in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Since Pres­i­dent Obama be­came the 44th US Pres­i­dent, most Kenyans think they have a stake in what­ever hap­pens in Amer­ica. Some are so pas­sion­ate about the just-con­cluded pres­i­den­tial elec­tions they are whin­ing about Hil­lary Clin­ton’s loss. First, our queer habit of pok­ing our nose into peo­ple’s af­fairs is very un­be­com­ing. We have rel­a­tives so­journ­ing there il­le­gally and our fear is that they will be join­ing us home very soon. Sec­ond, protests in some states em­bold­ened the no­tion that Don­ald Trump was not the favourite can­di­date. They cite his fond­ness for un­print­able ep­i­thets on women and Blacks in pub­lic. Third, since Obama has some Kenyan roots, Kenyans as­sume that whomever he en­dorses will au­to­mat­i­cally win. The mock elec­tions in Ko­gello were held to rub­ber stamp this rhetoric.

KAMICHORE MUTINDIRA Nairobi

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