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Hillary's cute Kenya hairdo

By unknown | Aug 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

NAIROBI - US secretary of state Hillary Clinton yesterday gave a ringing endorsement to one feature of the Kenyan capital Nairobi - its hairdressers.

NAIROBI - US secretary of state Hillary Clinton yesterday gave a ringing endorsement to one feature of the Kenyan capital Nairobi - its hairdressers.

As she launched an 11-day tour of Africa, Clinton noted - and not with pleasure - that Americans have long paid close attention to how she wears her hair.

"My hairdos have been the subject of PhD theses, so I want everybody to know that I got a good one in Nairobi," she said.

Besides doing a commendable job on her hair, Clinton said that the two local hairstylists offered insight about Nairobi.

"They said it is a wonderful place and a great place to raise children," she said.

Clinton - one of the most powerful women in US political history who narrowly lost the 2008 presidential bid to Barack Obama - had a serious point to her comments.

She said she wanted mothers in cities around the world to "say truthfully it's a great place to raise children".

Clinton, who has also been a US (New York) senator and first lady, plans to highlight the plight of women during her seven-nation tour of Africa.

Clinton will travel to the violence-wracked east of the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet with survivors of soaring sexual violence.

She told a meeting in Nairobi of African trade partners that Africa's economic progress will depend on goodgovernance.

"Progress will depend on good governance and adherence to the rule of law - that is critical to creating positive, predictable investment climates and inclusive economic growth," she said.

Economic progress

Clinton was addressing the eighth annual forum of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), a US law giving preferential access to the world's biggest market to African states with open markets and democratic governments.

"True economic progress in Africa will depend on responsible governments that reject corruption, enforce the rule of law, and deliver results for their people," said Clinton, who arrived in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday.

The 11-day trip, which comes just three weeks after President Obama visited Ghana, will be Clinton's longest since she became the top US diplomat six months ago. This is also her first trip to sub-Saharan Africa.

"This is not just about good governance, it is also about good business," warned Clinton.

"Investors will not be attracted to states with failed or weak leadership, crime and civil unrest or corruption that taints every transaction and political or business decision," she said.

"Creating a favourable investment climate also requires countries to translate politics into governing," she told the Agoa forum, which was attended by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Her remark was a thinly-veiled reference to Kenya, a top US ally in Africa but the target of growing criticism over its failure to implement key points of a power-sharing deal that ended with deadly electoral violence in 2008. - Sapa-AFP


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