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    Kenya's former Minister of Information and Broadcasting. Ochieng Oneko, slammed the personality cult of African?

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    CU Mr Ochieng Oneko speaking to members of press at Nairobi city hall.

    ONEKO: "In the quarter of a century since African nations started achieving independence, we have witnessed that changes other than by following the country's constitution have taken place. The people of the countries concerned are shown presents and given chance to leave their school emerge in this way. But the results have not been encouraging. The main cause of this is the neutralisation of the vital institutions of that state by the excessive promotion of the personality cult of the incumbent leaders.This should not really be the case. Then the cause of the problem is the ideology, which has tended to pull the whole continent apart. Witness the difficulties the OAU (Organisation of African Unity) is experiencing in putting into effect the ideal for which it was formed. Here I'm referring to foreign interference in the domestic politics of African countries as a means of furthering their own interests. I know this kind of interference will continue because of the foreign interest involved. In the circumstances, the only way to achieve stability is to inculcate nationalism, and very strong nationalism. Secondly, to have a strong political party."

    Former Vice President Oginga Odinga has added his support to that of many Kenyan leaders for acting President Daniel Arap Moi, who is now considered almost certain to become Kenya's second president. Mr. Odinga is leader of the large Luo tribe of Western Kenya, to which Mr. Ochieng Oneko belongs. His support marks an improvement in relations between that tribe and the Kikuyu, with whom they have had many disputes since independence. In earlier years, several people, including Mr. Oneko, were detained without trial.

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    Background: Kenya's former Minister of Information and Broadcasting. Ochieng Oneko, slammed the personality cult of African leaders when talking to pressmen in Nairobi on Tuesday (26 September). Without mentioning names, he said Africa was being torn apart by the self-promotion of some leaders, and by foreign interference in domestic policies by countries furthering their own interests. Mr. Oneko resigned from the late President Kenyatta's government in 1966 to join a break-away party formed by his fellow Luo tribesman and ex-Vice President, Oginga Odinga.

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