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Opposition in Kenya

May 22, 1992



In the Opinion page article on opposition in Kenya, "Can Kenya Be Saved From Its Government?" May 15, the author contaminates his own correct diagnosis of Kenya's political problems by prescribing a solution that is as divisive as the practices he criticizes.

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If FORD leadership in particular and Kenyans in general are to "abandon narrow personal agendas" (like the struggle for power), "press the government to end ethnic violence," and focus on "the urgent business of effecting minimum constitutional and legal reforms needed for a democratic transition," then they should not be restricted to leadership from an exclusive class of people. A democratic institution should allow all eligible Kenyans to run for office without red tape or manipulation. Justus Ogembo, Cambridge, Mass.

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