• Drums of war and how the ICC failed Kenya

    Drums of war and how the ICC failed Kenya0

    It’s 8 o’clock on Monday morning when I start putting this piece together. A little happier than I have been about Mondays in the recent past – happy because today there will be no street protests in my city, Kisumu. Mondays have been marked with street protests called by Kenya’s opposition coalition CORD over electoral

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  • Kenya’s Crisis of Memory and Imagination

    Kenya’s Crisis of Memory and Imagination0

    Kenya today finds itself in the throes of a crisis. In the run up to next year’s scheduled general election, weekly opposition protests and the subsequent brutal crackdown, have deeply polarized the country and left at least three people dead and many others, including police officers, wounded. Though now suspended, a threat to restart the

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  • The Shame that is Kenya’s Post-Election Violence Victims

    The Shame that is Kenya’s Post-Election Violence Victims1

    Few weeks ago, I visited the Jewish Holocaust Memorial in Berlin together with about 15 colleagues from the Africa Blogging network. We were in Berlin for the annual digital conference and decided to go on a guided city tour. The tour comprised of visits to important historical sites in Berlin, which included this breathtaking piece

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  • Why Kenyans Need to Jealously Guard their Freedoms

    Why Kenyans Need to Jealously Guard their Freedoms0

    President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has since inception tried to limit the freedoms Kenyans fought for, died for and eventually enshrined on their supreme law which is the Kenyan Constitution. These attempts were first legal in nature but are of late taking a very dangerous turn. It started with an attempt to curtail media freedoms enshrined in

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  • How Africa Tweets – a look at East Africa

    How Africa Tweets – a look at East Africa0

    In the just concluded Ugandan elections– there was so much online activity, especially on Twitter. Hashtags were used by the top 3 presidential candidates daily to put across their message to the online publics. Just before December 2015, I remember that over 1500 tweets were sent out with the hashtag #UgandaDecides every two days. This momentum was sustained

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  • What if Olduvai Gorge is in Kenya?

    What if Olduvai Gorge is in Kenya?0

    “And let’s not forget, Kenyans & Tanzanians, that both Tanzania and Kenya are in Africa” – Issa Shivji The Internet has provided humanity with a social space that was unimaginable not very long ago. Information travels faster like never before, an incident in the streets of Lilongwe is a click away for someone in Shanghai

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  • The Predictable Nature Of Corruption in Kenya

    The Predictable Nature Of Corruption in Kenya1

    Corruption scandals have become a “fact of life” for many Kenyans, who have come to regard them as just another facet of Kenyan life, alongside high taxes, poor service delivery, our “cult of personality” approach to politics and religion, and the misfortunes occasioned to us by terrorism. These burdens seem to be ours for the

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  • Caregiving for Ghosts

    Caregiving for Ghosts0

    My memory is again in the way of your history. Agha Shahid Ali, Farewell. I’ve been wondering about the role of apathy. We read about it and talk about it often. Even as we try and figure out how to best present a story we ask ourselves “why should I care?” This question has been

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  • Why Kenyans are keenly following the Uganda elections

    Why Kenyans are keenly following the Uganda elections0

    On Thursday Uganda will go to the polls to decide whether incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has been in power for three decades, gets another five-year term or hands over power to the opposition. No doubt that this is a defining moment for Uganda whichever way ‘the dice rolls.’ These elections are however not just

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  • Where does Magufuli stand on tough editorials?

    Where does Magufuli stand on tough editorials?0

    Tanzania’s new president, John Pombe Magufuli has been doing a lot of things our [African] leaders don’t usually do. In the less than three months he has been president, Magufuli has nipped several expensive but irrelevant projects in the bud and redirecting the money to more important matters. Many of us are hoping that the

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