It's Our Turn to Eat

The Story of A Kenyan Whistle-blower

Wrong, Michela

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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 two years later, Githongo himself was on the run, having discovered that the new administration was ruthlessly pillaging public funds. "Under former President Moi, his Kalenjin tribesmen ate. Now it's our turn to eat," politicians and civil servants close to the president told Githongo. As a member of the government and the president's own Kikuyu tribe, Githongo was expected to cooperate. But he refused to be bound by ethnic loyalty. Githongo had secretly compiled evidence of official malfeasance and, at great personal risk, made the painful choice to go public. The result was Kenya's version of Watergate. Michela Wrong's account of how a pillar of the establishment turned whistle-blower, becoming simultaneously one of the most hated and admired men in Kenya, grips like a political thriller. At the same time, by exploring the factors that continue to blight Africa--ethnic favoritism, government corruption, and the smug complacency of Western donor nations--It's Our Turn to Eat probes the very roots of the continent's predicament. It is a story that no one concerned with our global future can afford to miss.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 0061346586
Branch Call Number: 320.96762 W957i 2009
Characteristics: xiv, 354 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Alternate Title: It is our turn to eat


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In 2003 John Githongo holds the title of anti-corruption czar- and is a respected member of the newly and democratically elected government in Kenya. After discovering that the administration he is a part of is funneling money to supporters and tribal members, he is expected to play along. Inst... Read More »

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Sep 04, 2012
  • dapperdame rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A must-read for anyone interested in Kenyan politics or planning to travel to Kenya. This book is very enlightening about the history behind many of the conflicts and grudges still bubbling on the surface of daily life in this country.


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