Kenya: The Surprising Holdout

With its free markets and abhorrence of communism, Kenya has long been a darling of the West, the oft-cited example of an African country that works. But in conforming to the Western powers' model for an ally, President Daniel arap Moi draws the line at multiparty democracy. Not even the implicit threat of a cutback in aid to countries that fail to practice pluralistic politics, delivered by U.S. Ambassador Smith Hempstone earlier this month, has budged him. "Kenya," Moi replied to the envoy's comments, "does not require any guidance from outsiders on how to run its affairs."

Moi, who assumed the...

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