“I’m conflicted. Sometimes I want them to just tear it down. But it’s also part of our history. If we don’t deal with the legacy of that past then we are likely to repeat the same mistakes”. Wachira Waheire spends several of the first minutes of our interview sizing me up. As he shares this […]
Essentially, what will now be praised as a “peaceful” election was the connivance of international racist global capital against the Kenyan people.
The process that led to the election of Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmaajo” as president of Somalia on 8th of February 2017 fell short of former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s goal of taking the country to a one-person-one-vote election. It was a goal that seemed achievable when President Mohamud assumed office in 2012, due to improved security […]
Kenya is today truly in the grip of election fever. Political temperatures are rising, the economy is at a standstill as votes are counted and tallied. Politicians bicker over announced results and shenanigans at the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission are causing severe headaches and divisive and online hate is still inducing nausea. It begs […]
On 31 July 2017, the day that Chris Msando’s body was found at the city mortuary, I was on the eighth floor of the Cardinal Otunga Plaza in the middle of Nairobi’s central business district. The floor houses the office of Cardinal John Njue, the head of the Catholic Church in Kenya. I was there […]
The Elephant in conversation with Edwin Mutemi wa Kiama.
On June 2, 2010, the then Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende declared the Makadara seat in Nairobi vacant. The MP, the late Dick Wathika had lost the seat after a successful petition by Rueben Ndolo, a former holder of the seat (2002—2007). The by election was slated for September 20, 2010. Three weeks […]
The Elephant in conversation with Mshai Mwangola, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Wandia Njoya and Patrick Gathara.
The last opinion polls have been published and the final rallies announced for Saturday 5th August. The long, painful political race in Kenya is almost over. It is time therefore to produce my third and final review of events since mid-July and my eve of poll prediction of the results in the upcoming general election. […]
The Elephant in conversation with Patrick Gathara, Mshai Mwangola, Wandia Njoya and Yvonne Owuor.
The crisp sting of the November cold hugged me tight as I waited for the polling station at a Baltimore precinct to open up. It was four o’clock in the morning; the darkness of the just concluded campaigns still had its uncertain grip over the land. As I waited for the chief election judge to […]
When all is said and done, an election boils down to a game of numbers. This is our take on the numbers. We define NASA stronghold counties as those where Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi combined got two-thirds of the presidential vote in 2013. Jubilee stronghold counties are those where Uhuru Kenyatta got two-thirds of […]