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The curse of democracy

Kenyans are dreading the March elections

By Michela Wrong   February 2013

Kenya’s most famous satirist, who works under the nickname Gado, once published a wincingly sharp newspaper cartoon headlined: “Another Weapon of Mass Destruction.” Below it he drew a sealed ballot box.

There was a time when western aid ministers illustrated progress in Africa by listing how many countries had introduced multiparty elections. Kenya’s polls, due on 4th March, make Gado’s disturbing point: a democratic contest can hold such potential for nation-rending violence that citizens come to dread the day of the vote. It’s hard to find anyone who is looking forward to the elections, in which Luo prime minister Raila…

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