Now, the respect for freedom of expression and human rights have improved. But the law and order situation has suffered. Ngugi and his family were brutally attacked in their hotel room:
On Wednesday night, while Mr. Ngugi was resting in a Nairobi apartment between speaking engagements, four robbers barged in and brutalized him, his wife and a friend. The attackers raped his wife and stole cash and jewelry as well as Mr. Ngugi's laptop computer. One of the intruders burned Mr. Ngugi's face repeatedly with a cigarette. So brazen was the attack, some Kenyans have speculated it might have been carried out by former enemies.
My sympathies for Ngugi and his family as they attempt to recover from this ghastly crime. It's almost too horrible to be real.