• ‘The Handshake’ – Kenya’s Sweet and Sour Political Deal

    ‘The Handshake’ – Kenya’s Sweet and Sour Political Deal0

    On 9th March 2018, history was re-written in Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta and hiss arch nemesis former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA), Mr. Raila Odinga stepped out of Kenyatta’s office and shook hands in front of local and international media. The handshake that is still the talk of

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  • A Tribute To Kenya’s Forgotten People

    A Tribute To Kenya’s Forgotten People0

    Last week, the country lost a great patriot, one, however, whom most Kenyans had probably never heard of. My grandmother, Eunice Nyawira, passed away in her hospital bed after a long illness. Born at the dawn of the colonial era, she lived to see Kenya gain her independence and the subsequent betrayal of their hopes.

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  • Innocent Victim? Not Exactly

    Innocent Victim? Not Exactly0

    The last few weeks have been rather trying for Kenyan media. The government’s criminal overreaction to the mock swearing in of Raila Odinga did not end with the shut down of the three leading television stations for over a week. Even after they were allowed back on air, the Uhuru Kenyatta administration has continued to

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  • Of Kenya’s ‘Illiberal’ Democracy

    Of Kenya’s ‘Illiberal’ Democracy0

    GUEST BLOG The recent happenings in Kenya call for sober reflection on the nature of our democracy, and by extension, our political culture. When we champion ourselves as a model of democracy in (East) Africa, is that an accurate description? Could it be that we are self-delusional?  As Marcus Tullius Cicero keenly noted, salus populi

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  • Kenya’s Future Increasingly Looks Like Its Past

    Kenya’s Future Increasingly Looks Like Its Past0

    In early 1965, after just a year of independence, Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta suspected Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga was planning a coup against his government. Deep divisions within the ruling Kenya African National Union – between those wanting radical and populist change to the inherited colonial system and those who were intent on

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  • 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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