Why Jubilee should be confident, not paranoid

What you need to know:

  • There is little direct competition between British firms operating in Kenya and their Chinese counterparts. British firms do not have the expertise or interest to bid for the tenders for port construction, railway construction or road expansion.
  • Counter-terrorism and business interests will always trump concerns about human rights, the International Criminal Court or corruption when the priorities for British foreign policy are being determined.
  • If the government wants to counter discontent it should remove mediocre public servants from office, confront corruption and deal effectively with the security threat posed by Al- Shabaab.

Suggestions of a foreign plot to topple the government or of deliberate economic sabotage by Western governments are absurd. Kenya faces many real challenges and can ill-afford to be distracted by imaginary enemies and rumours of subversion.

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