In his op-ed for the Washington Post, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed “every confidence that the impasse in Kenya would be resolved by the new vote.” Which is strange given that the current impasse is precisely about the new vote, the fresh election ordered by the Supreme Court after it annulled the August presidential election […]
According to a damning report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, ever since the announcement of the results of the 8 August 2017 election, the National Police Service alone may have been responsible for the deaths of up to 67 people, the injuring of many more, and the source of pain for countless others.
“Elections are the surest way through which the people express their sovereignty. Our Constitution is founded upon the immutable principle of the sovereign will of the people. Therefore, whether it be about numbers, whether it be about laws, whether it be about processes, an election must at the end of the day, be a true […]
On September 30, 2017, the NASA quartet – Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula – held a press conference to alert Kenyans on a pressing issue they considered to be a hot-button election matter. The media briefing was about an IT company called OT-Morpho that had become something of a technological ogre […]
Beyond “this is Kenya,” as repeated rhetoric, as persistent beat, as phallocratic insistence, as inevitability, lie freedom dreams.
On September 1, 2017, the day the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the 8 August elections, I was riding in a city-bound minibus matatu on Nairobi’s Waiyaki Way. I sat in front with the driver. The passenger seated next to me must have received a text message on his mobile phone because he began howling […]
On September 1, 2017, Kenya made history as the first African nation and the third in recent world history to abrogate its presidential election result. Indeed, the Supreme Court’s bold and groundbreaking decision to nullify the results of the August presidential election was a significant step forward for the meaning of electoral integrity in Kenya. […]
The case of Charterhouse epitomizes the economics of money laundering in Kenya. In 2001, five years before it was finally closed, the bank came into the limelight because of a single transaction.
Since 2007, Kenyans and the world have become aware of the risks involved in Kenyan elections. They have always had the potential to turn violent, but the violence following the 2007 poll was unprecedented. In order to avoid similar conflicts, Kenya adopted the use of a technological panacea: the electronic vote. Twice. The first time […]
We live, and have lived, in the “meanwhile”, as decades of marking time sailed by, taking shattered dreams and stalled careers with them on a cruel sea of broken promises.
The era of President Yoweri Museveni, along with his undeniable influence in the region, has come to an end. The countdown to the end of his presidency commenced on Wednesday, 27th September 2017, when two days of fights between lawmakers over removing the age limit for presidential candidates was violently broken into by the president’s […]
By the time you read this, you would have already received your daily dose of fake news. The extended electioneering mode in which Kenya finds itself is fertile ground for what Samantha Bradshaw and Philip Howard from the University of Oxford have described as cyber troops, trolls and troublemakers, who are organised to manipulate all […]