Comparing American and African politics – family affairs

In the “not as different as we tend to think category,” ONYANGO-OBBO (Daily Nation) writes Why American Politics is as African as it gets. Basic points:

  • Family affairs (Bush, Clinton, Kennedy; Kabila, Eyadema ) – as if they are “birthrights.” (I’m actually struggling to come up with other good African examples; maybe it’s more of an American thing. Contrast Kenyan first sons Kibaki and Odinga who shy from the public eye (today’s Standard)
  • Past presidents’ ongoing influence – failing influence (Clinton; Buluzi – Malawi)

[It’s a quick, fun read]

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