The political and legal system that Njonjo defined and defended was meant to guard the security and prosperity of Kenya’s wealthy and entitled upper classes. It has endured.
President Uhuru Kenyatta retreated to Sagana State Lodge for the fourth time in February to explain the rift with his deputy William Ruto. The Sagana meetings have elicited mixed and jaundiced feelings from Kenyans. Kenyatta has lamented that Ruto is “too risky for the country,” but when did Kenyatta realise Ruto was dangerous for the country? What did he do about it? Apart from endless lamentations?
Outgoing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta turns 61 in October. In Africa, 60 years of age, in presidential terms, is considered to be a toddler – in a continent where presidents have been known to collapse in office. As competition intensifies ahead of Kenya’s next watershed elections on August 9th, Kenyans continue to speculate on Pres Kenyatta’s election gambit and political future.
The world’s biodiversity hotspots are in the Global South and they have become the targets for capitalist pirates fronted by “conservation” organizations.
Much like in 1977, all the conditions have come together that could turn conflicting interests into ruinous warfare across the region.
In a major exposé of the ‘fintech revolution’ in Africa, Milford Bateman and Fernando Amorim Teixeira write that the investor-driven fintech model is nothing less than a ‘digitalised’ extension of the earlier colonial-imperialist ‘extractivist’ models that enabled the western nations to appropriate Africa’s natural resource wealth to fund their own economic prosperity.
An act of genocide was committed against a Kenyan community in 1984. Thirty-eight years later, no one has been held responsible and, every February, survivors and victims’ families, the relive their sense of abandonment.
A popular uprising of hundreds of thousands on the streets of Khartoum toppled the most brutal of all generals, President Omar al-Bashir, in 2019. But the military prevented the civilians from ruling alone and a hybrid civilian/military transitional regime was formed until Burhan returned all power to the military after the coup in October.
National politics used to mean a relentless insistence on Kenyan unity as a counter to ethnic politics but now Kenya has a politics of nations that revolves around particular claims by communities.
Darfur’s rebel groups say they are fighting for the black farmers, but most have not controlled areas for long since their formation early this century.
It has been exactly 38 years since the Wagalla massacre. The victims have refused to stay quiet and until the government takes concrete steps to provide redress, it will be hard for the victims and their families to move on.
Rather that jumping from project to project in search of a short-term response, there is a need to embrace practical and proactive long-term solutions to the challenges of recurring drought in the ASALs.