• Whom Should Kenyans Blame For The Faltering War On Corruption?

    Whom Should Kenyans Blame For The Faltering War On Corruption?0

    The resignation of Philip Kinisu as head of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission caps off yet another week during which corruption and the faltering war waged against it have dominated newspaper headlines. In the aftermath of the Olympic games, ironically Kenya’s most successful ever judging by the number of medals our athletes gathered, revelations of

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  • Why the opposition may not be best suited to rescue Kenya from lootocracy

    Why the opposition may not be best suited to rescue Kenya from lootocracy1

    Kenyans are tired. Their country has been up for sale since the white man’s administration. They took the most fertile lands for themselves and literally robbed us of our natural resources. With the Mau Mau struggle, Kenyans hopped that they would regain their land, the most important means of production. Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta

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  • Kenya’s Greatest Gamble Yet

    Kenya’s Greatest Gamble Yet0

    Recently the Daily Nation bravely shone a spotlight on the gambling craze that is sweeping the nation. Sports betting has taken the country by storm. Since 2013 when the first online sports betting company, SportPesa, was registered, the Betting Control and Licensing Board has awarded similar licenses to nearly 30 other bookmakers. The industry today

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  • Kenyans On Twitter Won The Battle Against Koffi Olomide But Losing The War. Here’s Why

    Kenyans On Twitter Won The Battle Against Koffi Olomide But Losing The War. Here’s Why0

    The recent deportation of famed 60-year-old Congolese rumba star, Koffi Olomide, after he was filmed apparently kicking a female member of his band at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has once again highlighted both the power and limitations of social media in Kenya. A video of the incident went viral on the internet precipitating a

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  • 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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