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Boniface Mwangi's Nosedive to the Bretton Woods at 75

So recently one Boniface Mwangi, one of Kenya’s most vocal personality in the human rights and good governance civic spaces, went to social media and posted pictures of himself in a private jet and mentioned that he is one of this year’s keynote speakers during the Bretton Woods at 75 event. He went on to mention his two other co-speakers etc. In few hours he had about 5k likes and a lot of comments from Kenyans, most of them congratulating and even praising him and others (get this) saying how this is a wonderful, God-given opportunity; he is representing Kenya; representing voices of the lowly blah blah blah. (Problem). Other than my comment and that of Wandia Njoya, who posted a video clip on Anand Giridharadas’s speech - https://youtu.be/IP7HajXJD3s - I didn’t seem to see anyone question the platform itself (Bretton Woods at 75). Problem.

What do the Bretton Woods institutions represent? Perhaps the very things that Mr. Mwangi has made us believe he stands and fights against, no? Such that, if he was truly committed to what he claims to stand for then one would genuinely expect him to have turned down the opportunity to speak at the Bretton Woods anniversary. Or, and which I wished would happen (but sadly did not happen) seize the moment and use the platform, like Giridharadas did, (watch video above), to question the Bretton Woods and what they stand for etc. Now that he did not do the latter, it turned out to be yet another example of the triumphs of mediocrity. To be honest, I now genuinely doubt two things. First, if and whether Mr. Mwangi believes in the things he does and/or says. Two, if and whether he understands anything about how the world’s political economy works and its connection to massive violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms that he claims to champion.

Boniface Mwangi's Nosedive to the Bretton Woods at 75 Boniface Mwangi's Nosedive to the Bretton Woods at 75 Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on July 30, 2019 Rating: 5

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