He looked serious but delivered a
very simple speech praising the locals for working
to develop Kenya and promote friendship between the
On being presented with my
publication, Kenya Factbook, he commended
this effort as it had a section about bilateral
co-operation between the two countries.
Little did anyone realise that in another two
years in November 1989, Kohl would be able to bring
down the Berlin Wall and united Germany after 45
I had visited the wall and East Berlin a few
years before this and seen the stark contrast
between the bustling neon lit west Berlin and dark
Kohl did not foresee the collapse of the Soviet
Union but grabbed the opportunity to bring down the
Berlin Wall which ended the Cold War between the
East or the Communist states and the West, the
This seismic event happened with the
single-minded persistence of Kohl against massive
opposition both from within and outside Germany.
On another visit to Germany a few years later, I
toured the former East German city of Dresden and
the surrounding region to see stark contrast between
underdeveloped east and prosperous west Germany.