- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Harpercollins Publishers (7. Januar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0007241976
- ISBN-13: 978-0007241972
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,4 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 24.571 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
It's Our Turn to Eat (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Januar 2010
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`A down-to-earth yet sophisticated expose of how an entire country can be munched in the clammy claws of corruption.' The Economist, BOOKS OF THE YEAR`A lively and detailed account of the looting of Kenya by its politicians...A shocking tale told with verve and suspense.' The Times`An exceptionally talented writer...More than a story about a whistle-blower, and more than about Kenya. It could have been written anywhere where corruption is endemic.' Guardian`The story offers a fascinating insight into Kenya and is a thrilling whodunit, worthy of John Le Carre.' the london paper`Michella Wrong has written a compelling book. Well researched, poignant.' Graham Boyton, Daily Telegraph`A gripping new biography-cum-thriller.' Evening Standard
A gripping account of both an individual caught on the horns of an excruciating moral dilemma and a continent at a turning point. When Michela Wrong's Kenyan friend John Githongo appeared one cold February morning on the doorstep of her London flat, carrying a small mountain of luggage and four trilling mobile phones he seemed determined to ignore, it was clear something had gone very wrong in a country regarded until then as one of Africa's few budding success stories. Two years earlier, in the wave of euphoria that followed the election defeat of long-serving President Daniel arap Moi, John had been appointed Kenya's new anti-corruption czar. In choosing this giant of a man with a booming laugh, respected as a longstanding anti-corruption crusader, the new government was signalling to both its own public and the world at large that it was set on ending the practices that had made Kenya an international by-word for sleaze. Now John was on the run, having realised that the new administration, far from breaking with the past, was using near-identical techniques to pilfer public funds.John's tale, which has all the elements of the political thriller, is the story of how a brave man came to make a lonely decision with huge ramifications.But his story transcends the personal, touching as it does on the cultural, historical and social themes that lie at the heart of the continent's continuing crisis. Tracking this story of an African whistleblower who started out as a pillar of the establishment, Michela Wrong seeks answers to the questions that have puzzled outsiders for decades. What is it about African society that makes corruption so hard to eradicate, so sweeping in its scope, so destructive in its impact? Why have so many African presidents found it so easy to reduce all political discussion to the self-serving calculation of which tribe gets to "eat"? And at what stage will Africans start placing the wider interests of their nation ahead of the narrow interests of their tribe? Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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In general, one cannot find major faults in Wrong's narrative, but one aspect of the book raises some doubts: her focus on the international aid donors as silent accomplices of African plutocrats. Of course, their failure to denounce scandals and practices like Anglo-Leasing is outrageous. I was reminded of the book when reading that the incoming Conservative government in Great Britain had ring-fenced only two budgets from spending cuts: the health service and foreign aid --meaning that the obdurate bureaucrats who continue to shovel millions into the pockets of scoundrels will continue to do so undisturbed for at least five more years. However, Wrong does not discuss how much leverage these organizations actually have, since, according to her own figures, aid only accounts for 5% of modern Kenya's state budget (p. 184). I imagine she would respond that: 1) even small leverage should be deployed to secure better governance; and 2) the "ideal reader" for this part of the book is the taxpayers of Western nations who believe their funds are being used to feed hungry children. Both points are well taken. Nonetheless, the overall tone of pessimism about the "aid community" is slightly off the mark. From my point of view, even though Githongo ultimately failed to dislodge the Cabinet ministers who participated in the scam permanently, my takeaway was not despair: his gesture and the firestorm it provoked will in the long run probably be more decisive than anything Western diplomats and aid agencies can do by cajoling or threatening. His story is a small (albeit failed) baby step toward better governance in Africa, but at least a step of some kind.
Selfishness and abuse of power by "elected political leaders" and associates leading to the lack of or very slow development of the country as a whole.
Kenya has leaders who have the potential,capability and of leading the country into development and prosperity.
How do you eradicate poverty? Through good governance.
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