Nothing new from Joe Khamisi

It is a waste of time to read The Politics of Betrayal: Diary of a Kenyan Legislator if you have been a journalist in Kenya in the last 10 years, a historian or just a keen observer of political events in Kenya. There is nothing new former MP Joe Khamisi reveals. His book is more of a compilation of facts from political news and commentaries in the last decade.

He misses the chance to feed our curiosity on how he helped to manage his constituency’s development funds (CDF) very well. (His constituency, Bahari in the Kenyan Coast, received an award in 2006 for the best management of the funds).

I am not convinced he brought to light the real experiences of an MP serving in Kenya’s 9th Parliament. He does not give us the backroom story of the MP who had to operate amid constant accusations of poor performance and low credibility of the legislature.

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