Risks Of Knowledge: Investigations Into Death Of Hon Minister

Overview

In February 1990, assailants murdered Kenya's distinguished minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Robert Ouko. The horror of the attack, the images of his mutilated and burned corpse, and the revelations of the pressures, conflicts, and fears he faced in his last week focused national and international attention on the extent of government corruption during the Moi era. The story of a death foretold, this book brilliantly examines the multiple and unfinished...
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Overview

In February 1990, assailants murdered Kenya's distinguished minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Robert Ouko. The horror of the attack, the images of his mutilated and burned corpse, and the revelations of the pressures, conflicts, and fears he faced in his last week focused national and international attention on the extent of government corruption during the Moi era. The story of a death foretold, this book brilliantly examines the multiple and unfinished investigations into the crime.

Powerfully argued, this complex and provocative study reveals the turmoil and untidiness beneath the smooth surfaces of historical narratives. Authors David William Cohen and E. S. Atieno Odhiambo raise critical questions about the production of knowledge and claims of truth, which extend well beyond the changing political landscape of postindependence Kenya. They also argue that the unresolved nature of the crime demands-as does Africa-to be understood not only in its generalities, but also in its specificities. The Risks of Knowledge is both a major reexamination of the public record of the Ouko murder and a call for a more detailed engagement with Africa's historical and present complexities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821415979
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 11/24/2004
  • Series: New African Histories Series
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Prolegomenon : Robert Ouko, a life and a death
Ch. 1 Investigating a death in Kenya 33
Ch. 2 In a nation of white cars 46
Ch. 3 Robert Ouko's pain 70
Ch. 4 The note 90
Ch. 5 Readers of the found remains 117
Ch. 6 "Why, Mr. President?" 134
Ch. 7 No stone unturned 158
Ch. 8 Ouko : a biography of African nationalism 172
Ch. 9 Contradictions of development 193
Ch. 10 The negotiation of a state of mind 220
Ch. 11 "A white car" becomes a truth 246
Conclusion : the risks of knowledge 258
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