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Published: 3 days 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: 2 weeks 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: 2 months ago

An Overview of the 2017 General Election

We have 62 more days before our election on August 8th 2017. We are in the middle of campaign season, which started on 28th May and is set to end on 5th August 2017. It’s a great time to discuss the players in this …

Published: 2 months ago

Kenya and Its Maize Scandals

Kenya may be in the middle of yet another maize scandal. How did we get here? We are still experiencing food inflation, and part of the reason for this is the drought we’ve had since 2016. We have a scarcity of sugar, and a …

Published: 3 months ago

On Censorship

Ezekiel Mutua’s recent attempt at seeking relevance involved an attempt at regulating social media. Something that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook themselves struggle with, he believes he can do with ease. The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO wants to stop people …

Published: 4 months ago

The Art of the Con

Like many other Kenyans, I find myself constantly wondering about the hold our political class has on us, and why they continue to hoodwink and oppress us with impunity and consistency. We have analyzed our systems, institutions and approach to governance for close to …

Published: 4 months ago

On Resistance

On March 7th, Uhuru Kenyatta pulled his worst bad faith move yet. After the government and the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) failed to reach an agreement on a return-to-work formula to end the seemingly never-ending doctors’ strike, he took his best …

Published: 5 months ago

First, Do No Harm

Though widely thought to be taken from the Hippocratic Oath, the phrase as we know it does not appear in the historic document. The Oath instead says “I will utterly reject harm and mischief.” However, this phrase remains a key guideline for medical professionals …

Published: 5 months ago

The #LipaKamaTender Movement

by Dr. Judy Karagania Kenyan doctors have been on strike since 5 December 2016. That is 79 days. This strike has historical parallels to what is considered the longest strike by medical practitioners in 1994 that lasted 105 days. Three thousand doctors were sacked …

Published: 5 months ago

What Exactly are you Voting For?

A fortnight ago we talked about apathy – and what it means to be asked to vote. Especially in Kenya now, as doctors are being jailed for asking for better health. And, as Gathara eloquently puts it, that is the least of our problems. …

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