Kenyan minister sparks controversy, says ‘Rwanda is autocracy’

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Kenya’s Transport Minister, Kipchumba Murkomen, has caused a stir by labelling Rwanda an ‘autocracy’.

Murkomen made the comments during a live TV interview while defending Kenya’s public transport system against comparisons with its neighbour.

On Monday night, Murkomen told Citizen TV that Kenya was a democracy with legal processes, while Rwanda was an autocracy where “whatever the president says is the law.” He also said that every decision in Kenya involved a proposal, parliament, and public participation.

The minister’s remarks raised fears of diplomatic friction between the two East African countries. Kenyans on social media slammed Murkomen’s comments as “bar talk” and cautioned against antagonising Rwanda.

To ease the tension, Murkomen later posted on social media that “autocracy is not a bad thing,” praising Rwanda’s system of leadership as enabling the president to achieve positive results.

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