To move on, Kenya must confront past demons

President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and his Deputy William Ruto (centre) during a function where IDPs were given funds for re-settlement in September 2013. PHOTO | FILE |

What you need to know:

  • The current preference in Kenya for amnesia has brought temporary relief from a divisive history that is easier to forget than debate, but the price paid is the sporadic recurrence of violence.
  • Flanagan’s novel is as much about memory as it is about the events described.
  • Institutions such as Parliament, the local courts and the ICC, have not been up to the job given to them in 2008 due to a lack of political will.

Last week in London, Richard Flanagan, an Australian novelist, was awarded this year’s Man Booker prize.


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