November 21, 2014

OP-ED: How I became pregnant from a hug

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I have a confession to make. I Have a problem. I ask too many questions,  sometimes. Others too silly, especially to the answerer. I was told things like; babies were gotten from the supermarket. Grandma warned me from whistling my favorite song  at night, that it called the night runners to come by.  She also said if I sat on the cooking stone in her kitchen, mama would die, so I should not try it. I avoided her kitchen whenever we went visiting. I believed all these without questioning, until my brother came to birth. Why did mama buy him…

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[OPED] Hatred for Miss Uganda shows our miserable lives, covered in false hair

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Let’s take a break from the politics, dear reader, and dabble a bit in the social scene, in particular in the kerfuffle that has been going on over the new Miss Uganda. This is an area your columnist hardly follows, to be honest, and it would all have gone over my head if social media did not overheat with crude and derogatory comments about the looks, or perceived lack of them, from the winner. The vitriol spewed towards the new Miss Uganda says less about her beauty and more about the hatred in our collective psyche. Leah Kalanguka, the pageant…

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[OP-ED] Reasons why President Uhuru is a unique president

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That the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, is a man of showbiz cannot be doubted. Unlike his predecessors, Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki, he is unique. He has sought to demystify The Presidency. 1. He has opened State House to the public by hosting ordinary citizens and personally showing them around. 2. He has held up close and candid interviews with the media. 3. His bromance with the Deputy President, William Ruto, and cracking jokes was never seen with those before him and their deputies 4. He has taken selfies. 5. He has oftentimes put the suits aside…

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A Canadian’s view on Americans’ disrespect of President Obama’s presidency

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America – He’s Your President for Goodness Sake! There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm. Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become…

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Why Kenya’s real estate scene is a bubble waiting to burst

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A section of the upmarket Runda Estate in Nairobi. High prices of property in the city have locked out middle-class home buyers, leaving the real estate sector in the hands of few wealthy Kenyans. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP Of all the tasks that make up daily life, I particularly hate shining my shoes. This generally leads to two outcomes: I’m often guilty of wearing smart suits with scuffed shoes. Importantly for Nairobi’s economy is the second outcome — the shoeshiners around Nation Centre tend to have a very loyal customer. I get two benefits out of this:…

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New rules on tuition for Kenya primary and secondary schools will transform learning

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By Kennedy Buhere The Education ministry has prescribed the official school hours for all public and private day primary and secondary schools to be 8am to 3.30pm class hours, and 3.30pm to 4.45pm for games and clubs. The new guideline is contained in draft Basic Education Regulations 2014 which the ministry presented to stakeholders for discussion before adoption and subsequent gazettement. Consequently, any tuition schools or teachers will conduct outside those hours will be unlawful. The rules provide that students should be allowed between 5pm and 7.30pm for self-directed activities and between 7.30pm and 9.30pm for self-directed learning/assisted learning (popularly…

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[OP-ED] What other African presidents’ wives could learn from Kenya’s First Lady

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Before long, it will be two years since Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as president of Kenya. As happened with the first anniversary of his presidency, acres of newsprint and hours of airtime will be spent dissecting his rule. There will be only a few lines, if any, devoted to one of the most interesting sub-plots of his administration – the labours of First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. Mrs Kenyatta has made a bloody good job of being First Lady (FL), in ways few other African presidential wives have — and achieved while succeeding in avoiding the negative media spotlight. Future…

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OP-ED: Why Facebook should ‘pay back’ my dowry

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Not so long ago, I packed my bags and moved to the United States of America. Just like everyone else, I had my dreams. But as I boarded the KLM flight to Atlanta via Amsterdam, little did I know that I had come to a country in which a computer application that would completely alter the course of my married life had been developed. After settling down with my wife and kids, my home quickly became the envy of the entire neighbourhood. There was laughter and joy in the evenings as I joined my wife and two children at the…

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OP-ED: Lupita Nyong’o fits into white America’s stereotype of black actresses

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I was joyously delirious when Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, the daughter of Senator Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and business executive Dorothy Nyong’o, scooped the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the gripping historical drama 12 Years a Slave. I texted Senator Nyong’o my hearty congratulations on the incredible feat of his daughter. We exchanged several messages, both of us awed by the moment. America and the world were entranced by Ms Nyong’o, the erudite, scholarly, and seductively beautiful diva. Everyone knew that a new magnetic film star had been born. Elegant and graceful, Ms Nyong’o has since been the talk of…

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OP-ED: If Putin did it, he needs to be pushed out

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By Ben Ateku People from many parts of the world have expressed outrage at the downing of Malaysian Airlines plane MH17 on July 27.  So far, available evidence suggests that the plane was brought down by pro-Russian rebels controlling some parts of Eastern Ukraine.  The passenger plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 passengers on board.   Russian president Vladimir Putin is suspected of arming the rebels  in support of their quest to separate from Ukraine. This is not Putin’s first attempt at interfering in Ukraine’s affairs.  When ethnic-Russians decided to secede in Crimea recently, Putin supported the…

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