Screen capture taken 4/11/2010 (just in case the Wikipedia page changes)
Click to enlargeMarch 25, 2010: James Orengo, Kenyan Minister of Lands, said the following on the floor of the National Assembly of Kenya:
The other thing that we are addressing through devolution is exclusion. What has made us suffer as a nation is exclusion. Once people feel excluded, even when you want to employ a policeman or constable or you want to build a dispensary, it must come from the centre. In the colonial days, these things were being done on the ground and they could give bursaries and build roads. I commend devolution. Those who fear devolution are living in the past. They are being guided by their ethnic consideration and objectives. They are living in the past. If America was living in a situation where they feared ethnicity and did not see itself as a multiparty state or nation, how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the President of America? It is because they did away with exclusion. What has killed us here is exclusion; that once Mr. Orengo is President, I know of no other place than Ugenya. That is why we were fighting against these many Presidencies in the past. I hope that Kenya will come of age. This country must come of age. People want freedom and nations want liberation, but countries want independence.Is this Kenyan minister making an assumption, or does he have personal knowledge to back up his statement? The answer may lie in personal affiliations. Mr. Orengo and Raila Odinga, who currently serves as Prime Minister in Kenya's coalition government, are part of the same political movement. Senator Barack Obama supported Mr. Odinga's political campaign.
One wonders whether today's lamestream media journalists will attempt to find the answer. Don't get your hopes up. If Mr. Orengo's remarks are true, what kind of journalist would give up an opportunity to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for discovering the scoop of the century? I'm not sure any of them possesses a scintilla of curiosity, especially since most of them are members of the Obama team.
See page 31 of this document.
James Orengo Statement on Floor of National Assembly of Kenya