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African leaders should show us the way, not Obama

By | July 18th 2009

Barrack Muluka’s article on why Kenya doesn’t need Barack Obama (The Standard on Saturday — July 11) was commendable.

Truly, "we don’t need Obama to show us how to make Kenya a great country." Obama was elected US leader to take care of business at home and should not dictate Africa’s leaders. Africa, just like the US, should sufficiently run their affairs without interference.

Yvette Richard, US.

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Kenyans are their own enemies and can turn to be own saviours. They have the power of will and choice to change their destiny.

However, no one should misunderstand Obama: he is basically illuminating a ray of hope in Africa because the continent’s leaders have decided to be mediocre and are impeding its socio-politico-economic development.

Africa longs for the days of inspiring leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Lincoln and Roosevelt. Such leaders would turn Africa around and propel it to prosperity.

Paul Akech, Via Email.

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Truly, Africans’ destiny is in their own hands and not the West.

Though Muluka was right "Obama is only the latest custodian of American doublespeak", Africans themselves are more guilt of "doublespeak" by moaning loudly about their situation while supporting dictators in their midst.

Cavin Otieno Opiyo, Nairobi.

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Obama should not dictate Kenyans on leadership matters. We have capable leaders to run the country’s affairs but their dishonesty has cost us millions of shillings through financial scandals.

Achola Maurice, Via Email.

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