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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Indictment: Kenya’s president faces uneasy future with a bolder, progressive judiciary

Indictment: Kenya’s president faces uneasy future with a bolder, progressive judiciary

After years of being reduced to the marionettes by the executive, Kenya’s judiciary is finally taking bold steps to reclaim its powers and mandate that have been emasculated by the executive. On Thursday, the High Court asserted itself when it trashed a constitutional amendment spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and...

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Raucous nominated senator with skin disability axed from Kenya parliament

Raucous nominated senator with skin disability axed from Kenya parliament

Troubled ruling party in Kenya, Jubilee, moved with speed to replace axed Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura with Sammy Leshore for Special Seat for people with disability in the Senate. The latest change happens on the back of a flurry of similar actions in parliamentary leadership that has seen a number...

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Did Kenya’s ‘education delocalisation’ adversely affect exam performance?

Just hours after the Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha released examinations results for the delayed Kenya Certificate of Secondary, questions have already been raised about “education de-localisation” that seems to have adversely affected region that have traditionally performed well in national examinations. Conversely, schools in regions that had...

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Kenya opposition leader Raila to allies: You can leave, ‘it’s time for a different path’

Kenya opposition leader Raila to allies: You can leave, ‘it’s time for a different path’

Cracks that at first looked fleeting when Kenya’s opposition boycotted repeat presidential election in 2017, when the National Super Alliance began to experience turbulence leading up to late filing of the petition that cancelled the result, are widening. Consequently, there are concerns that the disintegration of Nasa and his party...

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How Kenya helped terrorism thrive in East Africa through illicit ivory exports – report

How Kenya helped terrorism thrive in East Africa through illicit ivory exports – report

Pummelled on multiple fronts around the world, terrorist organisations and insurgent groups in eastern Africa have been finding it difficult to keep alive their militia activities. After the funding taps running dry, the groups resorted tapping natural resources to fund insurgencies, says Earth League International, a conservation organisation, in a...

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Choice of Koome to head judiciary renews ethnic concerns in Kenya’s public service

Choice of Koome to head judiciary renews ethnic concerns in Kenya’s public service

The independence and integrity of the Kenyan judiciary is once again under intense scrutiny following the nomination of the Court of Appeal Judge Martha Koome to replace David Maraga, who retired at the beginning of this year as chief justice and president of the Supreme Court. To gender activists, the...

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