October 22, 2016

NJOKI CHEGE: With all your arrogance, Mutua, you had it coming


Dear Ezekiel Mutua, pride comes before a fall! For a man so petulant and with no talent to write home about, Ezekiel Mutua is doing very well for himself. He is proof that in Kenya, you do not need to be remarkably brilliant, well-educated and eloquent to hold high office. You just need the wherewithal to sail through to the highest government offices. Read: Ezekiel Mutua brags on Facebook about getting a dilpoimatic passport, “shames” haters ahead of US trip Mutua represents everything that is wrong with the Kenyan society today. How we reward people like Mutua to wear the tag…

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OP-ED: How to move Kenya towards issue-based politics


By DR EMMANUEL MANYASA I think at the forthcoming election ethnicity will still be the major factor. But I also think that reducing the number of political parties is a positive move in cutting down on ethnicity in politics: The fewer the political parties going into the election, the better. Two or three political parties/coalitions would make it difficult for people to retreat into community/regional political parties and cut the attendant nonsense of joining the “our own party so we can negotiate” type of politics. Second, I think we really need to see a leader arise who can harness the…

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[OP-ED] Evans Kidero, Donald Trump and the Unbridled Hypocrisy of Their Supporters


By Washington M. Osiro Congolese musician Koffi Olomide was caught on camera assaulting (kicking) one of his female dancers outside Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). Unfortunately for the musician and thanks to the ubiquitous presence of smartphones w/camera, retribution was fast, furious and exacting — especially by Kenyan standards. Within twenty-four hours of the assault, the scheduled concert by the MC Hammer pants-wearing Ndombolo dancing performer was canceled. After spending the night in jail, Koffi along with his entourage were put on the next flight out of Nairobi. Videos circulating on social media showed that upon landing in Kinshasa,…

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Self-awareness, Self-esteem, Assertiveness – What I Learnt About Kenyans on my Trip


When I heard the news that I’d been given the opportunity to join Free The Children on their Me To We trip to the Masai Mara as part of AOL’s annual CSR initiative, I had no idea what to expect. This was an experience I had heard so many positive stories about from colleagues that had taken part in previous years, all of which recounted how the experience changed their lives and altered their perspective on the world. As with most bold claims, it’s hard to empathise with statements like that and I found it hard to feel the full…

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Analysis on Kenya’s Property Market: “The Bubble Will Burst Painfully,”


By Wallace Kantai This weekend I went to visit a friend of mine. His neighbour has put his house on the rental market. It’s a beautiful four-bedroomed bungalow, with a two-bedroomed servants’ quarters, on a quarter acre of land. He’s put it on the market for KSh 120,000 a month. I asked around about how much similar houses are sold for in that neighbourhood, and the prices are in excess of KSh 40 million. Let’s take a minute to digest and analyse that. If you paid cash for that house and rented it out, you would make your money back…

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[OP-ED] It’s time for Africans in America to identify with African-Americans


My name is Moji Akinde, and I am an African from Nigeria. And I am American. And I am black. And I am African-American. I am baffled that, in light of the murders of innocent black lives, a disturbingly large number of my fellow African brethren refuse to identify and empathize with being African-American. We are of the rhetoric that African-Americans could somehow avoid being racially profiled, targeted and killed by simply altering the way they dress, talk, act and live. We believe that if only black people would say their “Please” and “Thank Yous,” if only they wore a…

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Njoki Chege: Kenyans have made Twitter pathetic, please shut it down


I am at the cusp of deleting my Twitter account, along with all its 30,000 (plus) followers. I just don’t care. I am on the verge of calling it a day on social media altogether and I am ready to live my life without social media. I am done with Kenya’s social media and especially that little group of ne’er-do-well’s known as ‘Kenyans on Twitter’ or #KOT. Ah, you don’t know who KOT is? KOT, or the Kenyans on Twitter, are a bunch of know-it-alls who are experts on everything, from Brexit, to how media should do their job, to…

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Stop bragging you don’t watch Kenyan news and then talk to us about Trump and Brexit-Larry Madowo


“I don’t watch Kenyan news,” has become a brag these days. “Stop saying dumb s*#t like that, you’re embarrassing yourself,” I often want to tell them but I don’t because I’m a Christian learning to leave the wrong thing unsaid at the tempting moment. Those same people who expect us to celebrate their ignorance can hold court authoritatively on the dynamics of the US election and how Donald Trump could be the leader of the free world next January. The excuse is almost always that they are tired of Kenyan politics, so they don’t bother to consume it. Ergo, they…

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[OP-ED] The Empire is falling: Why Kenya’s influence in East Africa is on a downward spiral


The failure of the Government of Kenya to secure construction of the pipeline to transport crude oil from Uganda via Lamu port signals of the decline of Kenya’s political and economic influence in East Africa. With more news that South Sudan seems not keen on a pipeline with Kenya and that Tanzania and Uganda have signed a new agreement to construct a parallel railway line from Arusha to Musoma, effectively making the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) non-viable the writings are clear on the wall. The Empire is falling! But how did Kenya get to this point where it is outmanoeuvred…

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[OP-ED] Stop abuse in the name of helping children in Kenya!


By Liz Ekakoro In our fight to end poverty and make lives better, in our desire to help people in need and be the voice of the voiceless, many have dressed themselves in the name of well wishers when the bottom line is that they have their own selfish ambitions. Thanks to all who give themselves to the works of charity, your reward will be great. Woe to you who use charity as a means of self-gratification, your punishment is sure. The wearer of the shoe knows where it pinches, and until one has been in need, it is difficult…

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