A couple of months ago, would-be presidential candidate Barack Obama said of Kenya -- during a trip to his father's homeland, no less -- that it was a corrupt place. "There is a crisis" in Kenya, he said, "a crisis that's robbing an honest people of the opportunities they fought for.'' He went on; you can read his remarks here. That's not really the point. Nor is this, necessarily: The Kenyan ambassador to the U.S., Peter Ogego, didn't take kindly to Obama's comments and, in a letter to the senator from Illinois, told him, "Your unprovoked and uncalled for statements were in bad taste" and claimed that Obama was seeking only "cheap publicity and inconsequential populism."
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That's just a little context for this item: Peter Ogego was actually in town -- this week, looks like -- to talk business with Mayor Laura Miller and Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, who, it says in the same article from Nairobi's The Nation, have a "deep interest to develop bilateral trade and investment cooperation with Kenya." The story says Ogego also gave a speech at the African Chamber of Commerce (which is on Corinth Street downtown), met with Ross Perot Sr. and Jr. and got a key to the city from Don Hill, who had actually gone to Kenya in October "on a business exploration mission." So, see, Ogego's right and Obama's wrong. Because Don Hill would never go somewhere where there are allegations of corruption. --Robert Wilonsky