And we continue to Kenya

“In this room I was born. And I knew I was in the wrong place” Spaces, Arkaye Kierulf  It hit me yesterday that I have been, for a long time, uncomfortable with my identity as a Kikuyu man and what comes with it. Because that identity has been translated to me as an abuser, as…

Why private prisons are not the answer

“It establishes the Kenya Prisons Enterprise Corporation, a State Corporation, which is mandated to expand the scope of the prisons work programs with the aim of unlocking the revenue potential of the prisons industry and ultimately turn it into a reformative and financially self-sustaining entity.”  New corporation to unlock revenue potential of Prisons You don’t…

Protecting our Labour

At the end of the day a country is build on the backs of labour. Policy and governance are tools towards the creation of a labour enabling environment from which the people can find a way to maximize the fruit of their labour. In this way, the organisation of labour cannot be divorced from organized…

Creating hope (or, when rage becomes the norm)

“You will begin to forgive when you understand the many ways in which the world has killed those who try to survive it.” Where it hurts “We’re not evolving emotional filters fast enough to deal with the efficiency with which bad news now reaches us” Teju cole It’s easy to lose hope these days. Especially…

Falling Stories

You cannot see it but the jacaranda trees are flowering each blossom an insurgent against the sameness of life Soon the streets will be a revolution of colour suffused with a tangible tenderness Fight, grandma, fight It’s worth the struggle to witness next season’s lilac uprising.   Phyllis Muthoni   It’s September and the Jacarandas…

Odds on Stocks

“We are doing these things because, if you look at the budget for this year, revenue- in the best scenario is going to be about 1.3 trillion shillings… on your budget, the first claim to budget interest – 400 billion, salaries close to 500 billion, pensions 100 billion – that’s a trillion. You now have…

The Devil is in the Data

by Robert Munuku Africa has been the hub of a rich cocktail of resources from potent extractive mineral deposits to diverse tourism-attracting flora and fauna coupled with tropical climate that supports agriculture – the backbone of many Sub-Saharan African economies. Many of these economies are making major gains in growth bolstered by substantial development in…

Changing Landscapes

“The thing about saying something is happening is that change comes to everyone in its own time. And so to say that something is happening is to forget the millions that it is yet to happen to. It is to forget those who will die before that thing happens. And if the thing that was…

Loving in mono – dreaming in stereo

“I surrender this isn’t love it’s torture”  Hold me down Love, or ideas of what love can be, has the ability to bring us to our knees. With our backs against the wall and confronted by the harsh truth that no one is subject to your will – that illusions of control are just that….

When something has to give (or, towards hope)

“The system adopted in Kenya is African Socialism, but the characteristics of the system and the economic mechanisms it implies have never been spelled out fully in an agreed form.” Sessional Paper No 10 of 1965, Part I, 6 “There are two African traditions which form an essential basis for African Socialism—political democracy and mutual…