The “Rainbow nation” seems to have revealed all its ugly stripes over the past few years: a rise in incidents of racism, tribalism, xenophobia, factionalism and continued high levels of gender-based violence.
In many countries the politicians still hire relatives and their tribesmates, but their quality has improved. Because of the expansion of education, they are no longer the ill-educated villagers of years gone by.
Even if the political rhetoric in this Kenya election was angry and divisive, it still did not fall to the ethnic-filled bile of 2007 and 2013.
Trump has demonstrated a disregard for conflicts of interest. If America’s president can profit from public service, why should Africa’s strongmen not seize such opportunities?