High number of youths expected to give Kenyan polls wide berth, terming them corrupt, pointless

High number of youths expected to give Kenyan polls wide berth, terming them corrupt, pointless

As a familiar campaign jingle brings the Kenyan crowd to their feet, Hellen Atieno joins her compatriots and sways to the catchy tune at a political rally in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Just don’t expect the 23-year-old to vote; she is looking for money. “I have only come to...

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Kenya elections: Azimio manifesto is rich on rhetoric, bereft of substance and is a continuation of failed presidency  

Kenya elections: Azimio manifesto is rich on rhetoric, bereft of substance and is a continuation of failed presidency  

Kenya’s former Prime Minister Raila Odinga – a leading candidate in the 2022 presidential election – unveiled his manifesto he says has the ingredients to revamp an economy battered by a decade of brazen theft by members of the outgoing government. Outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government is synonymous with public...

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Massive port expansion priming Kenya as key staging ground for organised crime and terrorism – report

Massive port expansion priming Kenya as key staging ground for organised crime and terrorism – report

Kenya’s $3.6 billion ports masterplan is expected to transform the country’s sea, lake and dry ports over the next 30 years into thriving economic zones, according to an Institute for Security Studies Africa report released in the second week of January. The ISS Africa report says modern ports that comply...

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Apathy rocks Kenya voter registration as eligible youth protest MPs’ astronomical salaries, endemic poll bangling

Apathy rocks Kenya voter registration as eligible youth protest MPs’ astronomical salaries, endemic poll bangling

When Kenya descended into post-violence after the disputed 2007 presidential election, nearly all, if not all, of the approximately six million potential news voter the elections body expected to enrol in the ongoing mass voter registration were just under the age of five. Then the 2013 presidential poll was again...

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Kenyan president moves offices as pressure to ditch ex-PM, pick former finance minister to succeed him piles

Kenyan president moves offices as pressure to ditch ex-PM, pick former finance minister to succeed him piles

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta’s kitchen cabinet is reportedly divided on who should succeed him, with concerns growing that the president’s choice of Raila Odinga will hand Deputy President William Ruto a rollercoaster run to the helm. With family and community interests at stake, President Kenyatta is said to be re-evaluating...

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Kenyan clergymen land from Paradise, find president and deputy ‘talking in tongues’

Kenyan clergymen land from Paradise, find president and deputy ‘talking in tongues’

Some religious leaders have been sojourning in Mars – or even further in the outer space! They touched down in Kenya from Wonderland aboard Savannah Galactica only to find that their President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are speaking at cross-purposes mostly of late. As they say in...

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When a rogue president is in power, the very essence of being a Kenyan’s at stake

When a rogue president is in power, the very essence of being a Kenyan’s at stake

As a Kenyan human rights lawyer whose activism has been shaped very much by my Christian faith and inspired by the example of Christians elsewhere who have used their faith to push for social change, I like to share some of my personal experiences of speaking truth to power in...

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Mr President, when a regime fails its citizens silence becomes betrayal and inaction treason

Mr President, when a regime fails its citizens silence becomes betrayal and inaction treason

I am a Kenyan citizen and resident taxpayer who, alongside 48 million of my fellow citizens, has watched with utter dismay and increasing frustration as your government has run the affairs of our land with criminal negligence, thereby placing in great jeopardy not just our present fortunes but our children’s...

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Covid: Overstretched Kenya scrambles for oxygen as incidents of India-like cases rise

Covid: Overstretched Kenya scrambles for oxygen as incidents of India-like cases rise

At the peak of Kenya’s third wave of Covid-19 in March, hospitals – buckling under the strain of the virus – saw their oxygen reserves fizzle out. Since then, they have been scrambling to increase capacity of the lifesaving element, fearing the nightmare scenario currently unfolding in India due to...

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Why has Kenya president obscured details of $3.8 billion railway contract with China?

Why has Kenya president obscured details of $3.8 billion railway contract with China?

As you are aware, in May 2014, the government of Kenya signed a $3.8 billion contract with China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) for the construction of the standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi and on to Naivasha. According to news reports, 85 per cent of the construction cost...

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