One cannot understand the crisis of the neo-colonial state without understanding the class that inherited and feeds off it. By KALUNDI SERUMAGA
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.
CLAUDIO BUTTICÈ examines the factors that influence internet freedom in Africa.
CHRISTINE MUNGAI explores Kenya's new prison industrial complex and unearths the fundamental flaws in Jubilee's plan to make jails profitable.
DAUTI KAHURA explores the similarities between the Change-the-Constitution movement orchestrated by the so-called Kiambu Mafia in the 1970s and current calls to amend the constitution that appear aimed at scuttling Deputy President William Ruto’s chances of ascending to the presidency in 2022.
In this final part of a three-part series, PAUL GOLDSMITH traces the rise and fall of the lowland-coastal regions of East Africa and the Horn and examines why water management in these regions exemplifies the imbalance between the centre and the periphery. He argues that the Kenyan government’s failure to adopt indigenous knowledge and technological innovations has resulted in white elephant projects that have done little to solve the country’s water crisis.
CLAUDIO BUTTICÈ shows how rape has been routinely used a weapon of war in Africa’s most resource-rich country for more than a century and why the international community has remained largely silent about this devastating crime against humanity.
Wanjala S. Nasong’o uses dialectical laws to explain why kingmakers never become kings in Kenya.
In this second part of a three-part series, PAUL GOLDSMITH explains why, instead of being a solution to the problem of food insecurity, big dam projects and large-scale irrigation schemes in Kenya end up causing more problems than they solve due to a combination of mismanagement, corruption and a top-down approach that fails to take into consideration the environment and the livelihoods of local populations.
Africa’s middle class is akin to a "stay-behind" operation that sets up secret operatives in the territory it is vacating, says KALUNDI SERUMAGA