It’s the season of handshakes: In praise of the ‘Kenyan disease’ - 7 months ago, 11 July 21:59

By: Charles Onyango-o ...

It is the season of political handshakes on the eastern side of Africa.

It all started on March 9, when President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga surprised many — and deeply disappointed some — when they shook hands after a memorably bitter election last year.

The comments about supporters of the ruling Jubilee Party and the opposition coalition Nasa being left high and dry, and accusations of world-class opportunism on Raila’s part, could fill a lake.

Then even bigger handshakes followed in Ethiopia after the youthful and reformist Abiy Ahmed was elected prime minister by the ruling EPRDF following the shock resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn.

Abiy has gone on to dizzy Ethiopia, and the world, with the speed and zeal of his reforms. After decades in which the opponents were tortured, beaten and arrested in droves, Abiy threw away that book. He released political prisoners and then shook hands with and ...
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