Straight Talk in Nairobi
By Mary Beth Sheridan
NAIROBI, Aug. 6 -- At a town hall meeting on Thursday, an interviewer remarked on the "surprisingly frank" language that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had used in addressing Kenya's democratic failings.
Clinton acknowledged her blunt style -- and went on to display it anew.
Problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo are so acute because "much of the country is ungoverned," she said.
She noted that Nigeria imports petroleum products, even though it's the fifth largest oil producer in the world. "That's bad governance!" she exclaimed.
In Nairobi, she said, she had heard a common refrain: "If you have a problem in Kenya, why hire a lawyer if you can buy a judge?"
The crowd at the University of Nairobi laughed and applauded her comments.
For her part, Clinton said her language in Kenya was well-intentioned.
"It's tough, but it's also lovingly presented," she said.
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