May 30, 2016

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

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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!

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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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[OP-ED] All Throughout His Presidency, Same Song

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Photo By Washington Osiro Okay so I “plagiarized”; make that paraphrased a line from Digital Underground’s song “Same Song” but the relevance of its hook given President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 2016 State of the Nation (SOTN) address is spot on. In the 1991 hit, Shock-G nee Gregory Jacobs offers that life as a rapper — with the “jennies” or ladies — is the same all over the world. Shock-G, along with the late Tupac Shakur, goes on to sing that they’ve “Been all around the world” and nothing has changed i.e. “same song” regarding life on the road as a successful rap group. Lost in the non-partisan self-flagellation…

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[OP-ED] Dear Kamau and Otieno, never fight for ‘Kenyatta’ or ‘Odinga’

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By Dannish Odongo In 2007 elections, I was pro-ODM (Orange Democratic Movement). I was not just pro the party but a die hard supporter too. I distributed branded ODM Tshirts in college and I openly participated in acts of evangelism for my party ODM. I believed in the course of the party. I believed that the country was going to be delivered from the hands of the ‘oppressors’ by the party that had organized itself so well including having a pentagon team drawn from each major part of the nation. The elections were bungled as has been proven by different…

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[OP-ED] ICC Ruling on Deputy President Ruto an Assault on 2008 PEV victims

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By BEN ATEKU More than 1,200 dead Kenyans lost their quest for justice when the International Criminal Court at The Hague dismissed charges levelled against William Ruto, Kenya’s deputy president, for committing crimes against humanity during the politically-motivated clashes in 2008 that followed presidential elections that took place in 2007. A similar case against journalist Joshua arap Sang was also dismissed.  Neither the seven-year old graves nor the fact that more than 350,000 Kenyans are currently living in squalid conditions were considered sufficient evidence to convict the alleged perpetrators or instigators.  This ruling by the International Criminal Court to terminate…

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[OP-ED] Let’s not rush Kenya’s new 6-3-3 curriculum

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By EMMANUEL MANYASA The government is changing the education system from 8‐4‐4 to 6‐3‐3. What does this mean? We will have six years of primary education, three years of junior secondary (or whatever else they may call it) and three years of senior secondary, meaning the total years at the basic level remains the same, only the allocation to the different levels change. The shorter primary will be responsible for equipping the learner with the basics of literacy (language), numeracy (maths), science and other basics of life. The junior secondary will be responsible for identifying the potentials and talents of…

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Twelve things about WanaKenya nyumbani that are annoying

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By Washington Osiro | marloow@yahoo.com I was on my 2nd cup of Americano at the Peets Coffee in downtown Livermore; a  quaint city about an hour east of ‘Frisco (that’s San Francisco for the  folks back home) when Mwakilishi published yet another article lampooning  Kenyans in the Diaspora. Seething, I saved the chapter I had been working on  for over 3 hours and opened a new document eager to fire off a counter to the  generalizations, stereotypes, frankly hate that are chockful in these pieces. Unlike the latest anti-diaspora rant by one David Odongo, I didn’t have to  go back…

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[OP-ED] The Hidden Cost of Corruption: A Public Skeptical About Mom and Apple Pie

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By Washington M. Osiro |marloow@yahoo.com Back in 2014 I wrote a piece titled “On First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Noblesse Oblige” that commended Ms. Margaret Kenyatta’s public and international efforts on a pair of issues “as Kenyan as sukuma wiki and nyama choma” — the health and well-being of mother and child. I argued that beyond the First Lady’s accomplishment at the London Marathon, Kenyans could all agree that she had brought an aura and energy to the office of the First Lady that the country had NEVER before seen. I also pointed out that in running to promote her Beyond…

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[OP-ED] Mr. President, fake academic certificates are choking Kenya’s economy and job market

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Dear Mr President, Kenyans are appealing your intervention! We are about to sink!  We are about to die! Mr President, you may have heard (in Kenya) of fake doctors, fake preachers, fake policemen, ghost workers and fake money too. Indeed, the recent discovery of a fake policeman who rose through the ranks in the Administration Police to the position of superintendent before the on-going vetting smoked him out is a confirmation of a painful reality of ‘fakeness.’ Mr President, the world of fakeness is real in your country and its eating your Kenyan citizenry with urgency. This trend is seriously…

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OP-ED: Sorry Mutahi Ngunyi, You Weren’t The Only One Who Was Played

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By Washington Osiro| Marloow@yahoo.com “We were played”. So said the political analyst-cum-consultant Mutahi Ngunyi when “controversial hairdresser”-cum-“genius” Josephine Kabura blew open the results of unheeded “counsel” that he gave Anne Waiguru the disgraced former Cabinet Secretary of Devolution and Planning. The results: An elaborate theft of billions from the department’s coffers. Mutahi Ngunyi who parlayed, I would argue plagiarized, Bell Lab’s Jack Morton’s elegant analysis of the problem facing 1960 computer engineers in their pursuit for faster computing power into a base and basic analysis of Kenya’s electoral politics lamented that he, among others, was “played” by someone he had…

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