Kenyan President should be “squirming”, says country’s political analyst

By Jaketapper

Jul 11, 2009 4:43pm

ABC News' Dana Hughes reports:

NAIROBI — President Obama’s mention of Kenya in his address today as being “badly outpaced” capped a week of pointed criticism at the country’s leadership; criticism many Kenyans agree with. 

In local television analysis, respected Kenyan Political analyst Kwamchetsi  Makokha  called the speech ”a lecture” for  African leaders.   He said Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki should have been “squirming in his seat” listening to the speech.  President Obama “basically berated the Kenyan leadership,” he said.

 "If you’re a Kenyan and you listened to the part of the speech where he spoke about democracy, and then he also spoke about opportunity, and when spoke about conflicts and peaceful resolution of disputes, you would be cringing at every opportunity,” said Makokha. “On each of those counts our administration is guilty."

And how do Kenyans feel about the fact that President Obama chose Ghana on his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa and not Kenya, where he has roots? Well, many agree with that decision too. Especially young people who are struggling to get into college and find jobs in a system ripe with corruption. “I completely agree with President Obama’s decision not to come here,” said Eva a 21-yr-old college student.  “He shouldn’t come here. Not until our government agrees to change.”

– Dana Hughes

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