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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Kenyans listen, we have a destiny with history to compel elected leaders to refund taxpayers’ money

Kenyans listen, we have a destiny with history to compel elected leaders to refund taxpayers’ money

It is on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8am. As you will recall, on January 30, 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta, while meeting leaders from the former Central Province at the Sagana State Lodge, he directed that all the 2,224 Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) countrywide receive Ksh2 million ($273,000) each as...

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President Kenyatta’s education chaos: Legacy of vacuuming tool he calls Competency Based Curriculum

President Kenyatta’s education chaos: Legacy of vacuuming tool he calls Competency Based Curriculum

A few days back I watched the CBC (Competency Based Curriculum) debate on Citizen TV talk-show. It was just a talk-show – literally – with now substance at all. This thing (curriculum) is simply indefensible. None of the panellists, including the one who said he was part of the design...

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In Kenya, journalists, judges and activists are popular targets of blackmail, it’ll get nastier with 2022 elections coming

In Kenya, journalists, judges and activists are popular targets of blackmail, it’ll get nastier with 2022 elections coming

On May 18 of this year, the insidious hashtag #AnarchistJudges appeared on Kenyan Twitter timelines. Apparently driven by a number of faceless bots, and retweeted by a series of sock puppet accounts, the deluge of tweets cast suspicion on both the competence and integrity of senior High Court of Kenya...

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Job references: They’re mostly ghost-written, always glowing but often meaningless

Job references: They’re mostly ghost-written, always glowing but often meaningless

Five years into my research career, I have a folder on my computer that will be familiar to many scientists: a place where I store 30 or so letters of recommendation I have written. These aren’t recommendation letters for others, but for myself – requested by academics and colleagues whom...

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Ronaldo won’t earn Man United EPL title, it’s Lukaku and Chelsea’s to lose, maybe to Man City

Ronaldo won’t earn Man United EPL title, it’s Lukaku and Chelsea’s to lose, maybe to Man City

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly the signing of the summer in the Premier League.  Obviously, I was happy for my friend Jack Grealish getting his record-breaking move to Manchester City, but it’s Ronaldo. Nothing tops his move back to Manchester United. He is 36, but make no mistake. He is still...

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Guys, pause for a moment and listen to what our sisters want: ‘Give me a place to stand, to speak…’

Guys, pause for a moment and listen to what our sisters want: ‘Give me a place to stand, to speak…’

One can forgive our parents for this monumental ignorance and its devastating consequences. I hear voices among some of my male colleagues now saying ‘I could never do that!’ But guys, let’s just pause and consider how we treat our sisters today. I will not even speak of those men...

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Remaking a republic: The political and religious challenges young leaders face in refreshing Kenya

Remaking a republic: The political and religious challenges young leaders face in refreshing Kenya

Should men and women be treated equally, or should they be treated as equals? What is the difference, and does it matter? To commemorate International Women’s Day on March8, 2009, one man shares his perspective. This memoir of personal reflection is dedicated to my dear wife, Katindi, my sisters and...

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Tackling post-PhD imposter syndrome: Struggle is normal, but accepting reality gives you a sense of control

Tackling post-PhD imposter syndrome: Struggle is normal, but accepting reality gives you a sense of control

As a PhD student, my research involved doctoral education as well as postdoctoral careers. In the literature and in interviews with PhD holders, I learnt about the precarity of academic-research careers, the often-toxic culture and the lack of work-life balance. I was also aware of the low salaries and high...

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Get rid of Arteta and Edu, a bunch of chickens can manage Arsenal better than the two jokers

Get rid of Arteta and Edu, a bunch of chickens can manage Arsenal better than the two jokers

I think Arsenal and Arteta don’t understand the word excitement and it’s meaning in the English language. What happened was predictable. It’s sad knowing your team will lose a game of football. I’m sure there’s an excuse. This time it’s illness and the youth of our squad, tomorrow it will...

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