Reformers of the past 20 years are losing the argument about freedom

Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has come out to say he is gay. Photo/EMMA NZIOKA

What you need to know:

  • Even in the past few days, a local councillor in my own county here in Britain blamed recent flooding on the decision by the government to legalise gay marriage. Binyavanga’s announcement would be brave anywhere in the world, never mind Kenya. 
  • But we can also view Nyumba Kumi and its protection of the remnants of the most powerful conservative force in Kenyan political life, the Provincial Administration, as an example of the continued power of conservatism. 

As a historian and writer, I earn my money by being cynical. Fortunately, as I write mainly about politicians past and present, my cynicism is normally justified. This week is an exception.


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