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August 18, 2009

Kenya decides its real problem is PR

When Hillary Clinton scolded Kenya's government for dragging its feet on political reforms, utterly failing to tackle corruption and generally hoping the bitter memories of last year's election crises disappeared like so many billions of dollars in public funds, this is probably not the reaction that the U.S. Secretary of State was hoping for:

Kenya hires top US image firm

The Kenyan government has retained a top Washington public relations firm to improve its image in the United States at a reported cost of Sh129 million ($1.7 million) over the next two years.

Officials at CLS & Associates confirm that the Kenyan Government has been added to its list of high-powered clients.

But the lobbyists declined to comment further on the grounds that the campaign on behalf of the Grand Coalition had not yet been fully formulated.

Read the full story at the Daily Nation.


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Ken Flottman

Harkens back to the Moi regime hiring Black Manafort Stone & Kelly back in late '80s after Reagan declared the Cold War "over" and a Bush political appointee as US Ambassador was weighing in to support opening of democratic space. Of course Kibaki was part of the Moi administration at the time.

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Somewhere in Africa was written by McClatchy correspondent Shashank Bengali, who covered sub-Saharan Africa from 2005 to 2009. He's now based in Washington, D.C., as a national correspondent.

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