Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Can Kenyans Eat Public Relations?

Photo: Election graffiti in Kibera, Nairobi.

The Kenyan Government is to spend $1.7 million on an American public relations firm to improve its image in the US. That's a very expensive way of kissing ass. Kibaki and Odinga, who are going around the country to attend photo opportunities right now, are claiming to address the problems of food insecurity. That sort of money could be better spent reducing dependence on food aid.

Instead of paying money to extremely rich PR companies in Washington, they could clean up their act here in Kenya and try to gain the trust of Kenyans. What do PR people know or care about struggling people? If Kenyan politicians were trusted by their own citizens they may look a lot better in the US. Ending up with a 'power-sharing' government because politicians couldn't even run an election properly doesn't look good, no matter how much PR money you throw at it. Sphere: Related Content

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