After more than a month out of town I’m back in Nairobi and trying desperately to catch up with what I’ve missed while I’ve been away.
Keeping track of the usual suspects (Somali pirates, argumentative Congolese rebels, unrepentant Zimbabwean presidents) is pretty easy – at the moment they’re rarely out of the international news. But despite Nairobi hosting more than 200 foreign journalists Kenya is rarely written about.
So, what have I missed?
- It’s just got a whole lot harder to be a Kenyan journalist (although it’s still up in the air)
- Tens of thousands of Kenyans displaced by last year’s violence are still living in camps
- Some people have no shame
Most importantly, Kenya is now in the midst of a food crisis that President Kibaki has declared a national emergency. In completely unrelated news ministry of agriculture officials have been accused of selling what little maize there is in South Sudan where the price is four times higher.
Well, what’s a little maize corruption between friends. It’s not as if there have been any other government corruption scandals erupting over the past few days…
According to the front page of this morning’s Daily Nation, I’ve just come back to a “Land of Scandals”.
Oh, and we’ve got no water.