|Tribal chiefs like these gentlemen hold a lot of political power over voters|
She continues her commentary: "But if you want to know what political campaigning really is, then you have to follow a parliamentary or presidential candidate for a day or two. Each day starts early, very early. The candidate is at the chief's palace at 05.30 because he is obliged to see the chief and get permission before he can campaign in his town or village. The candidate presents the obligatory two bottles of gin or schnapps and a token sum of money to the chief who then assures the candidate of his wholehearted support. This is all very well really for as long as the candidate understands that the chief will be giving his wholehearted support to every other candidate that comes to his door. That is the way it works here, in much the same way as there is no guarantee that the people who are scrambling for T-shirts bearing a particular candidate's image will necessarily vote for him."