Jaramogi and Jomo: A brief history of crony capitalism

What you need to know:

  • The free enterprise economy is where people like Jaramogi Odinga and Njenga Karume prospered in the colonial era.

  • This was their vision of independence, an equal opportunity economic system, not a continuation of the colonial crony capitalism system that privileged Europeans over the other races.

  • The fallout was about Jomo Kenyatta and his cronies using the pretext of Africanisation to enrich and concentrate economic power among themselves.

  • They were the lucky ones.

In The Politics of Independence of Kenya, Kenneth Kyle narrates an incident at the Lancaster House Conference in which Jaramogi Oginga Odinga let rip on Colonial Secretary Reginald Maulding.

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