Bent on self-destruction: The Kibaki regime in Kenya

  title={Bent on self-destruction: The Kibaki regime in Kenya},
  author={Godwin Rapando Murunga and Shadrack Wanjala Nasong'o},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary African Studies},
  pages={1 - 28}
In 2002, I thought I had President Mwai Kibaki figured out. He was the ideal candidate, the man who would play Moses to our Israelites and lead us to Canaan after decades of distorted politics in which the leader invariably morphed into a small god. It was not an unreasonable expectation: despite years of working within the system, he was the least tainted of a bad lot and had enough of a cosmopolitan image to appeal to Kenyans across the board. How can he and his team have managed to throw it… 
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