Re-visiting Nairobi's urban history offers a glimpse into the forces that shaped modern life.
Uhuru Park is more than a public green space in Nairobi. It is a space with a glorious history of contestation, a symbolic national shrine and an embodiment of the essence of freedom.
Sometimes I imagine my lungs filling up with concrete dust. I imagine the strange taste in my water is concrete. I’m always trying to find my way to a forest.
Whether true not, the demand for commuter trains in the country is ballooning and to think that Nairobians religiously use the commuter trains to and from work is refreshing.
Moi Avenue at this time of night is like a river, with predators on both sides of the banks. Herds are crossing the valley oblivious that they are prey; the beasts are lurking everywhere, camouflaged, waiting. A stray member of the herd may just step into their snare.
Fifty-five years after independence, Nairobi's urban planning still privileges the well-heeled motorists over the walking poor. This, as PATRICK GATHARA explains, is rooted in colonial policy.
“Jamaa, si hukubali vitu nyingi sana sababu yaani society inatuforce tukubali.” – Nonini Once, not long ago, I was sitting on a bench in Central Park. It was the end of Ramadan and there was a certain feeling in the air; The weather was crisp, the grass was green, and the ice cream sellers were […]
Nairobi’s City Inspectorate has deviated little from its colonial roots and closely resembles 19th century London’s Metropolitan Police.
The handshake may have provided cover for the ongoing selective demolitions of buildings on public land. However, unless the economy improves, Uhuru Kenyatta may be storing up trouble for himself. By DAUTI KAHURA
First published on 17th April 2016 by Africa Uncensored. How do you sustain a million shilling extortion scheme? Through Brutalizing and killing those you wish to extort. That is exactly what our investigation into corruption within Nairobi's City Inspectorate has uncovered. Take a look at the witness accounts and evidence of systematic brutality on episode three of Kanjo Kingdom.
First published on 10th April 2016 by Africa Uncensored. 11.5 Million Dollars. It's a staggering figure. That's enough to pay the school fees of 811,000 Kenyan Primary School Children for one year. Yet this is what is extorted from hundreds of thousands of hawkers and informal traders in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, every year. Many of these people earn 100 dollars or less every month. Behind this extortion are officers working for Nairobi City's government. Officers who operate with impunity, and often use deadly violence against the hawkers. This is part two of an Africa Uncensored, Kanjo Kingdom.
First published on 4th April 2016 by Africa Uncensored. This first episode of "Kanjo Kingdom" begins an in-depth investigation into an extortion ring ran by officers from Nairobi City County's notorious Inspectorate department. Every month, officers from this department fleece hundreds of thousands of hawkers and informal traders of up to one million dollars.
The demolition of structures in Kibera to pave way for “development” has left in its wake shattered lives, broken dreams and a bitter distaste for Kenya’s politicians and institutions. By DAUTI KAHURA
“The people are the city.” – Citizens in William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus At the crack of dawn, roughly between 5a.m and 7a.m, the “Great Trek” in Nairobi begins. Hordes of security guards, domestic workers, office cleaners, factory workers, vegetable hawkers, office messengers and jua kali artisans, among others, start their journey to work – on foot. […]
Ismael Kulubi is a 66-years-old radio production guru with a scintillating voice that is still in great demand even after retirement. Advertising executives in need of an experienced voice hire him to do radio promos. By all measurable standards, Ismail has had a fulfilling career – he is a widely travelled man who has enjoyed […]
“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 […]