At least that is what Kenyans are thinking after President Kikwete became the first African leader to meet with the new kid on the block, President Obama. Or as The Daily Nation put it, ‘Tanzania elbows Kenya to become darling of US. It continues:
Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete this week claimed the honour of being the first African head of state to visit President Obama’s White House, in a move that will further highlight Kenya’s diminished status on the international scene.
The visit came on the back of a public snub by President Obama, who has opted to make Ghana the destination of his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Sunday Standard got all hot and bothered, whining, like an insecure child, that Mr. Obama and Mr. Kikwete were gossiping about Kenya:
[US Ambassador to Kenya] Ranneberger spoke against the backdrop of a closed-door meeting between Obama and Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete. It is believed Kenya’s troubled coalition and the gradual loss of grip by the weak-kneed Somali government featured at the meeting.
Our Kenyan brethrens can be so self-involved. Not everything is about you, man. Now I know this must hurt. You’ve always thought of yourselves as a more civilised peoples than us folks down south: better educated, more sophisticated, possessors of a more cultured sensibility. So the prospect of seeing Obama, someone whom you’ve embraced as one of your own, making nice with the Tanzanian President must sting a little. But this doesn’t have to mean that you’ve lost your mojo. It’s just that we have that ‘peace’ thing. Nowadays, that will get you a lot of play. Ask Obama, he’ll tell you. No need to cry, though. We’ll show you how its done, okay. Wipe them tears, now. Its all gonna be fine.