The Dynamics of Corruption in Kenya

by Robert Munuku It is expected for governments to be corrupt. This is a reality, not a vindication – of course corruption is wrong. But at the very least no one gets a heart-attack from surprise upon hearing that government is corrupt. The most injurious things are those that are an unexpected, because they go unseen…

Voice of Kenya(tta)

“If this can happen to GADO, who can’t they go after?” Patrick Gathara as quoted in No Country for Cartoonists I’m worried. So we’re going to talk about media freedom again. Now, I understand that, given digital media and the many changing ways news travels it is harder to keep track of what is true…

Kenya At 52

On Saturday, 12th December 2015, Kenya celebrated 52 years of being a republic. We had our usual annual celebration where Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the nation and expressed a sense of optimism that is becoming more and more scarce as we continue to awaken to just how badly we are doing as a nation – socially,…

Say you saw a painting…

“support local artists” – Anything, anyone, anywhere I remember writing an essay about my experience around the bomb blast in 1998. My teacher then, Mrs Dhanji, made a comment to my mother about my writing. “It’s vivid.” I’m not sure if either my mother or my teacher remember this moment. I do. I remember it now…

The Media Which Cried Wolf

No street protests in support of KTN, NTV and Citizen TV, who collectively, have served Kenyans with dedication & passion over 25 years? Saddique Shaban The human mind is capable of amazing things, one of which is selective amnesia. In March 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta was declared Kenya’s fourth president, and barring his supporters, no one…

Watching Our Own Backs

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.   It’s something else when we begin to imagine the amount of damage that has been done to humankind in defense of names. Names are an extension of authority. Saying a name…

The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers

– Dick, the Butcher in Shakespeare’s Henry VI by Awuor Anyango On attending the Centre for Intellectual property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) World Intellectual Property day at the Strathmore Law School, I was a bit shocked at the turn out. Lawyers easily outnumbered the visual artists, despite the session being based on the film…

The Africas And the Complexity of Our Media Problems

I don’t like this expression ‘First World problems.’ It is false and it is condescending. – Teju Cole An article in Al Jazeera talks about how the Western media is always getting the story wrong. It is, more importantly, asking why we instinctively turn to Western Media outlets – as if the rest of the media…