The very first time I visited Kenya, several months before I started covering politics in Africa, I was introduced to a young, eloquent and interesting lawyer with a project to try to fix Kenyan politics. The problem, he explained, was that it is so difficult to persuade people to vote rationally. In Kenya, he explained, most people tend to vote according to their tribe. As a result, he argued, politics produces far too many scoundrels.
Morayfield mum of two Tanya Oliver plucked her young children from her Nissan Murano and sheltered with neighbours after the car exploded and destroyed their home on Friday. She said she parked the car in the garage in their home shortly after 9am and turned it off but smelt electrical smoke. She checked a nearby fridge but when she turned back to the car there was vapour coming from it.
Driving at night is difficult everywhere in the world. As the sun comes down, the light gets in your eyes; as darkness spreads, your peripheral vision shrinks. In Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, however, being on the roads as night falls feels more than just testing; it feels positively dangerous. According to data from the World Health Organisation, of the ten countries with the most traffic deaths relative to population, eight are in Africa and Kenya is among them.
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Selecting a term
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