It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower

It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower

by Michela Wrong


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In January 2003, Kenya 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 secretly compiled evidence of official malfeasance throughout the new administration. Unable to remain silent, Githongo, at great personal risk, made the painful choice to go public. The result was a Kenyan 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 while probing the very roots of the continent's predicament.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061346590
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 601,875
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michela Wrong has worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, the BBC, and the Financial Times. She has written about Africa for and is a frequent commentator on African affairs in the media. Her first book, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, won the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Nonfiction. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Map viii

Prologue xi

1 The Big Man 1

2 An Unexpected Guest 21

3 Starting Afresh 33

4 Mucking out the Augean Stables 41

5 Dazzled by the Light 65

6 Pulling the Serpent's Tail 77

7 The Call of the Tribe 99

8 Breaking the Mould 121

9 The Making of the Sheng Generation 145

10 Everything Depends on the Boss 163

11 Gorging Their Fill 183

12 A Form of Mourning 205

13 In Exile 227

14 Spilling the Beans 247

15 Backlash 255

16 A Plaza Paradise 279

17 It's Not Your Turn 295

Epilogue 317

List of Key Characters 336

Glossary 337

Acknowledgements 339

Notes 341

Index 345

What People are Saying About This

Caroline Elkins

“Important and illuminating…Reads like a John Le Carré novel…On a deeper and much richer level, it’s an analysis of how and why Kenya descended into political violence.”

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