• The 55-year Fight For Kenya

    The 55-year Fight For Kenya0

    Two elections in two months has not settled Kenya’s political crisis. But the impasse is not really about who will sit in State House. It’s a deeper question: it’s about who owns Kenya – its citizens or a historically entrenched political elite. President, Uhuru Kenyatta, won the second edition easily after his main opponent, Raila

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  • Kenya’s Opposition Need Change of Tact With Street Protests

    Kenya’s Opposition Need Change of Tact With Street Protests0

    I recently found myself reading about the Arab spring and trying to compare the last moments before the Tunisia and Egyptian revolution came full circle to the situation Kenya finds itself in today and asking myself what needs to be done differently if they need to achieve their goals. When the Arab spring started, I

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  • Why Kenyans Must Keep Their Feet Firmly On The Ground

    Why Kenyans Must Keep Their Feet Firmly On The Ground0

    Kenyans are given to bouts of euphoria. Once ranked as the most optimistic people in the world, it is a society almost congenitally programmed to look on the bright side of life and to seek out silver linings on even the darkest of clouds. It is famously the land of “Hakuna Matata”, which for anyone

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  • Game of Thrones – Kenya Edition

    Game of Thrones – Kenya Edition0

    I am a big fan of Game of Thrones, the American fantasy drama television series centering on the struggle by various political dynasties to succeed to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms in the fictional land of Westeros. Now in its seventh season, the various plot twists and turns, the rise and fall of

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  • Why Kenyans Must Learn How To Talk About Elections And Violence

    Why Kenyans Must Learn How To Talk About Elections And Violence0

    Last week, I wrote about our propensity as Kenyans to bury our heads in the sand when confronted with ugly realities. Many have thus continued to either defend or condemn David Ndii for his prediction that Kenya would burn if President Uhuru Kenyatta was elected in a sham election but there has, sadly, been relatively

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  • How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises

    How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises0

    In the coming days, especially as we approach August, we will be inundated with politicians each seeking our endorsement and more importantly our vote. We will be encouraged, harangued and shamed into exercising our democratic right to wake up incredibly early, endure frustratingly long queues in order to mark a bunch of ballots and toss

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  • Development Is About People Not Economies

    Development Is About People Not Economies0

    Last week I was invited to what was described as a “Global Think In” event, basically a series of conversations between academics on Columbia University’s New York campus and scholars and participants in nine Columbia Global Centers in cities around the world. The question we were asked to ponder was: What issue relating to the

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  • Uhuru Should Stop Getting High On American Supply

    Uhuru Should Stop Getting High On American Supply0

    Much has been made about the alleged flooding of the Kenyan coast with illegal drugs. President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to stop them and to prosecute all involved in the trade. But like his “war” on alcohol, his stance against illicit drugs is informed less by reasoning and evidence but rather by hysteria. Kenya is

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  • What Somalia Can Teach Kenya On Elections And Power Transitions

    What Somalia Can Teach Kenya On Elections And Power Transitions0

    Incumbents losing an election and graciously conceding is not what most associate with the continent, let alone Somalia. By contrast, the Kenyan experience is rather typical. Here, no incumbent President has ever lost an election. Whether by hook but more often by crook, they manage to cling onto either the end of their terms or

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  • How striking Kenyan doctors are using Twitter to appeal for public support

    How striking Kenyan doctors are using Twitter to appeal for public support0

    Kenyan doctors have been away from public hospitals for about one and a half months now. The strike was occasioned by a 4-year-old Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that the government failed to honor, claiming the economy could not afford it. The doctors holding on to their point that if the government curbed corruption and focused

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