May 31, 2005
The sun is back in Nairobi today. Papers, strong black morning coffee and the newspapers. Clashes yesterday in Uhuru Kenyatta’s home town Gatundu. A businessman was shot at a roadblock. The man was innocent, they say. This murder was not an incident. Kenyans are used to this kind of news headlines. ‘If your competitor or business rival becomes too strong, you hire thugs or pay the police to shoot the guy’, says a Kenyan friend. Recently I had an experience of police that came into a bar around 1.30 at night. They grabbed a crate of beer, put it in their car and started arresting the staff, without any reason. ‘Business rivalry’, somebody said. My respect for the average Kenyan is growing. They keep smiling in a society where sometimes there seems no difference between citizens and law offenders.