• The Lies That Bind

    The Lies That Bind0

    The recent revelations about the role played by British spin doctors, Cambridge Analytica, in Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaigns during the last two elections in Kenya have caused a bit of an uproar. Though long rumored -and hotly denied by Jubilee Party mandarins – the confirmation delivered via hidden camera was jarring not only for the extent

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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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  • President Kenyatta is Slowly Driving Kenya into an Autocratic State

    President Kenyatta is Slowly Driving Kenya into an Autocratic State0

    When Kenya passed a new constitution in August 2010, it was recognized the world over for taking a bold step in promoting basic human rights. The new constitution was commonly referred to as a “progressive constitution” by scholars and governance experts. Basic rights and liberties of the Kenyan Citizens are entrenched in the Bill of

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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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  • Kenya’s Road Deaths: It’s The System, Stupid

    Kenya’s Road Deaths: It’s The System, Stupid1

    Kenyans can be amazing in their self-contradictions. Take matters death, for example. When our politicians pass on, they are immediately raptured, in the popular imagination, into a heavenly pantheon and cleansed of all earthly sin. Not so regular folk. Following the spike in road crashes in December which have claimed over 200 lives, many have

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Jacques Rousseau

I think this is right - of course people/parties are going to look for the cheap wins, but this is poorly judged given the problems we (and other jurisdictions) have had with xenophobic madness. twitter.com/GvanOnse…