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Book Review: ‘Dinner With Mugabe’ by Heidi Holland

A family holiday in December 1996 took us to Kariba the Zimbabwean tourist town located a few kilometres from the border with Zambia. It is home to Lake Kariba, a vast and impressive dam teeming with animal and plant life, favoured by tourists and vital for the supply of hydroelectricity. We stayed at a small […]

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‘It’s Our Turn To Eat’: final excerpt

In the final chapter of the book, author Michela Wrong laments the prevailing attitude amongst Western donors who have, by and large, been more interested in disbursing ever-larger sums of money to recipient nations than in ensuring accountability frameworks are adhered to. She suggests that Western qualms and sensitivities are in fact encouraging political elites to become more brazen in their […]

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‘It’s Our Turn To Eat’: insightful and easy-to-read

I’ve just finished reading Michela Wrong’s ‘It’s Our Turn To Eat’, an insightful and easy-to-read book on state corruption in Kenya. I like her style. One interesting thought from the book … state corruption as a threat to national security. I’d never really given much thought to that. She writes: “Corruption can reach a point […]