20 min read. Cases of extrajudicial killings by police and other state security agents are commonplace in Kenya, where such murders often do not lead to prosecution or justice for the victims. ISAAC OTIDI AMUKE revisits the case of two prominent human rights defenders who were killed in 2009 in broad daylight on a Nairobi street.
9 min read. ANGUS ELSBY debunks myths around value-addition and fair trade and explains how European multinationals monopolised the coffee industry at the expense of African coffee producing countries.
12 min read. Unfulfilled expectations and the prospect of a Ruto presidency in 2022 have increased levels of despondency and confusion in Central Kenya. DAUTI KAHURA gauges the political mood in President Kenyatta’s stronghold.
14 min read. The campaign to stop the construction of a coal-fired plant in Lamu encountered many hurdles. PRIYANKA DESOUZA and ALEXANDER IKAWAH document the various challenges facing the campaign and how they were successfully overcome.
11 min read. TINASHE L. CHIMEDZA explains why the November 2017 military coup in Zimbabwe and the ouster of Robert Mugabe failed to deliver democracy and sound financial management to a country that has yet to overcome the debilitating effects of authoritarianism and hyperinflation.
17 min read. The HIV/AIDS pandemic and hardships caused by SAPs led to a dramatic rise in the number of orphanages in Kenya. However, as SIMON NJOROGE notes, the concept of orphanages is alien to Kenyan and African culture. The good news is that global and national shifts in policy could soon see the eradication of orphanages in poor countries.
10 min read. The demise of Project Kenya could be attributed to Kenyans’ inability to reimagine their country as a nation-state with a common set of values that protect and promote the public good. This is largely because they have not created the canons that could provide them with the tools with which to critically examine their society.
9 min read. In 2017, a poll of African millennials revealed that Kenya’s youth are the biggest gamblers on the African continent.
7 min read. Proponents of wildlife conservancies in Northern Kenya argue that they provide a win-win situation for both conservation and pastoralist communities. However, the current push to establish more conservancies in the region may backfire and lead to more conflict.
10 min read. AKOKO AKECH examines whether the “handshake” between opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, which resulted in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), is truly a people-driven participatory process or merely a tool for the Kenyan political elite to consolidate their power.