Kenya: a sort of solution

After the violence following the disputed election, Kenya finally produced a coalition cabinet last month with the opposition leader Ralia Odinga as Prime Minister and Mwai Kibaki as president and a cabinet of 40 members. The two leaders have jointly visited the Rift Valley area where the worst of the previous violence occurred. There remain significant tensions within the ruling coalition amongst other things on the question of an amnesty regarding the earlier violence. As I have noted previously Kenya is a complex place and simply ascribing its problems to tribalism is much too simplistic. Tourists may begin to return to Kenya but the endemic problems of corruption are deep seated and whether not the new government will be able to improve the lot of the population remains to be seen. Certainly not all the refugees are yet confident about going home and there is sometimes little enough to return to.