Trump acts like an African strongman
The East African
Donald Trump “behaves more and more like an African president with each passing day,” said Nerima Wako-Ojiwa. We Africans recognize the U.S. leader’s tendency to appoint family members to trusted positions where they can make money, because our leaders do that, too. Son-in-law Jared Kushner is a top adviser, despite having no policy background. Similarly, our president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has seen his uncle, his sister, and his cousin, among others, profit through government contracts steered toward their firms. Some Kenyans voted for Kenyatta—son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president—because they assumed that, since he came from a wealthy family, he could resist corruption. Instead, “this is one of the most corrupt administrations we have witnessed”—just as the Trump administration sets new records for scandal in the U.S. The worst nepotism of all is the appointment of socialite Ivanka Trump as adviser to her father, where she has “no form of oversight” and a vague job description. Such appointments are “not unheard of” in Kenya, where presidential relatives get meaningless posts like “chief administrative secretary” or minister “without portfolio.” Even Trump’s July 4 bash was authoritarian, with a triumphal military display. How much more African can he get?