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Published: 3 weeks ago

The Election Boycott Of 2017

On October 10th 2017, Raila Odinga stated that he was withdrawing from the presidential election redo set for October 26th. He cited fears that it would be marred by the same irregularities and illegalities that got the August 8th election result annulled. In doing …

Published: 1 month ago

Towards Freedom

You know that you carry their history. But you also know you don’t carry their scars. And that, you hope, will make all the difference. Burns   On Thursday the 26th of October – according to the Kenya Gazette – there will be a …

Published: 1 month ago

What Happens Now?

It has been 137 days since Kenyan nurses went on strike demanding better pay and better working conditions. In this time, the Kenyan central government, county governments and the Salaries Commission have engaged in brinkmanship when it comes to resolving their issues, as if …

Published: 2 months ago

In The Name Of Freedom

On 1st September 2017, Kenya’s Supreme Court made history by annulling the August 8th presidential election. In a 4-2 decision, they determined that the recently concluded presidential election was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and was invalid, null and void. The election …

Published: 2 months ago

The F-word: The Place of Feminism In Contemporary Kenya

This is a transcript of a talk I gave at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) on the topic “The F-Word”: What is the Place of Feminism in Contemporary Kenya? “Patriarchy, in many ways, is the primary form of oppression. Its victims comprise …

Published: 3 months ago

Understanding this political season’s top musical hits: Tano Tena

In part 2 of this two part series Alexander Ikawah takes us through campaign music and what it says about us, who we are and where we are. Part 1 here.  This is the second part of a series of essays discussing and explaining the songs …

Published: 4 months ago

Now More Than Ever, Your Vote Counts

“On Sunday the 30th July, 2017 a missing person report was made at Embakassi Police Station at 08:00 hours by one Eva Buyu under OB No 15 of 30th July 2017 that her husband Christopher Musando, who was the Deputy Director of ICT at …

Published: 4 months ago

Why Are Kenyan Elections So Expensive?

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has placed the cost of the upcoming general election on 8th August 2017 at KES 49,981,666,599 (quoted as KES 49.9 billion in the rest of the essay). We have 19,611,423 registered voters, bringing the average cost per …

Published: 5 months ago

Why Do You Pay Tax?

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) deadline for filing individual tax returns came and went on the 30th of June 2017, and with it came much whingeing and wringing of hands by Kenyans, both online and on mainstream media. It was understandable, because this time, …

Published: 5 months ago

What We Learn From Building Collapses in Kenya

On the night of Monday, 12th June 2017, a seven storey building collapsed in Kware Pipeline in Embakasi. This building had been condemned by the National Construction Authority (NCA), and marked with an X on the outside to indicate this. The tenants in the …

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