Britain’s Gift to Democracy

It is not difficult to see where the design for the chamber of Kenya’s National Assembly comes from. Its MPs sit on high-backed leather benches facing each other for maximum adversarial impact. Ministers stand at a wooden dispatch box to address the speaker. And were it not for the fact that the leather is cream – rather than green – you could be in Britain’s esteemed House of Commons.

But there is a problem with modelling your seat of government on Britain’s. Sometimes your MPs think they have to behave like British politicians…

_44356837_finger2203.jpgPoliticians traded accusations of vote rigging, intimidation and even murder amid shambolic scenes at the opening of the Kenyan Parliament yesterday. Opposition MPs made good on their promise to disrupt proceedings while the results of presidential elections remain in doubt.


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