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07/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Daniel Howden: Time for a sacrifice, Mercedes drivers

There are few symbols of conspicuous consumption more beloved of Kenya's political class than a recent model Mercedes. Thirsty, low off the ground and engineered to cruise silently, they are everything you don't need on Nairobi's scarred and rutted roads. And yet they are everywhere.

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