It S Our Turn To Eat
In January 2003, Kenya--seen as the most stable country in Africa--was hailed as a model of democracy after the peaceful election of its new president, Mwai Kibaki. By appointing respected longtime reformer John Githongo as anticorruption czar, the new Kikuyu government signaled its determination to end the corrupt practices that had tainted the previous regime. Yet only t...more
The book centers on John Githongo, an idealist in a world where pragmatism ruled. He was appointed as the head of a new anti-corruption agency created by Mwai Kibaki, newly elected president of Kenya. Kibaki was only the third Chief Executive of the east...more
(It is also a sign of progre...more
It's the way it's always been, and the way it should be.
If that story can be told well, then - hey - that's a bonus...
With It's Our Turn To Eat, Michela Wrong gets it half right.
The story should pretty much write itself - new Kenyan government sweeps in, promises to rid the country of corruption, and over time just changes who is being corrupt.
from the beginning i was wrapped up in john githongo's story of whistle-blowing on the kenyan government. i learned a lot about kenya and how its colonial history drew strong ethnic lines that continue to define the country today. the attitudes of us vs them only serve to prevent the country from uniting and moving forward w...more
A little too focused on John Githongo for my tastes; I'd personally of preferred more background information and less of a feel of a eulogy, but a worthwhile text nonetheless. Admittedly this is very much a story of his personal crusade against corruption in Kenya and John's battle against an institutionally rotten system, but at times the personal praise from the author goes a little too far and a greater focus on objectivity would be appreciated.
Written in Michela Wrong's usual intelligent bu...more
Interestingly, Githongo went back to Kenya some years later and started r...more
"It's Our Turn To Eat" goes above and beyond the typical biography by combining political and sociological analysis, history, gossip and scandal together with interviews with John Githongo and other key inter/national players to form a...more
Rather than being a tell-all book about a corruption scandal - the book goes into some length about the nature of corruption in Kenya. Tribal identity and loyalty to clans -- and a culture of impunity are brought out very well in this biographical work.
Unfortunately there was a bit in the middle where I just felt like the story was going on with bits that dragged and seemed totally unrelated to what I thought the story was. I generally am not a huge fan of books written by journalists, so this could just be a refl...more
I'm also a bit unsure of her fairly uncritical praise of John Githongo.