5 min read. Inequality and tribal politics have been Kenya’s bain for generations and Raila Odinga’s proposals for constitutional reform – introducing a proportional representation system in Kenya would go a long way in assuaging these. The ‘handshake’ between Odinga and Kenyatta could be the start in making the important changes Kenya needs to correct some of its most persistent governance challenges, PROF. YASH PAL GHAI argues while urging caution.
5 min read. History is alive around us. Deep complex relations with Sub-Saharan Africa, this rich history and a recent apparently currently truncated revolution – the so-called Arab Spring - continue to make the Maghreb still among the most fascinating and consequential regions on the African continent argues L. MUTHONI WANYEKI
8 min read. Millennials should be the biggest beneficiaries of the demographic dividend, that virtuous cycle of rising savings, investment, growth and lower dependency. Instead, one in four want to leave and almost 70 percent cite unemployment as their biggest challenge. Here’s why - and how we can reverse the trend. By DAVID NDII
8 min read. By the twilight of the Moi era, the effects of economic plunder had restructured Kenyan society. 20 years on, under UhuRuto, corruption is better dressed, digitised and speaks finer English. No family is untouched by it. For the millennial generation, the social and economic effects of moral collapse have profound personal consequences. By JOHN GITHONGO
4 min read. Negotiated in secret, the deals made along East Africa’s proposed second infrastructure corridor were designed for the tenderpreneurs and their friends in Sirkal. In Lamu, an old teacher, Mohamed Ali Baddi had other ideas. Nine years ago, he and his cohorts in the Save Lamu pressure group, stood up to power. In a landmark case, the courts upheld their petition, in a case likely to recalibrate relations between communities and big infrastructure players on the winding Corridor. By L.MUTHONI WANYEKI.
4 min read. The blind worship of wealth obtained at any cost and the bully-display of individualism, no matter its consequences on the collective, are the markers of a public culture at the end of its neoliberal tether. We see it, but we don’t speak about it. Because speaking about it may force us to recognise it for what it is. By RASNA WARAH.
8 min read. With the suspension of the IEBC chief, Ezra Chiloba, over questionable procurement deals, the Commission’s collapse is now all but certain. Triggered by avarice and resurrecting the ghosts of August 2017, a change of guard at the electoral body will only further delay the search for electoral justice. How then, to deal with the original sin of Executive capture? By KWAMCHETSI MAKOKHA
7 min read. The uthamaki code, the sense of Kikuyu elite entitlement, has defined Kenya’s politics for 55 years, a history of assassinations, blood oaths and cloak-and-dagger games. Since 1967, the Kalenjin elite have been the other protagonist in this power arrangement, offering land in exchange for a seat at the high table, and taking hostage the Kikuyu diaspora in the Rift Valley in this matrix of fear. How to break the cycle and liberate Kenya? By DAVID NDII
6 min read. The Deputy President is today considered Kenya’s most frightening political figure. If he is indeed the motivation behind ‘the handshake’, that dynastic rapprochement between the Kenyattas and the Odingas, thwarting William Ruto’s presidential ambitions to protect the merchants of a half-century of impunity may well be the cure that is worse than the disease. By JOHN GITHONGO
4 min read. Six decades since the wind of change blew across Africa ushering independence for a cast of new states across the continent, Pan Africanism remains more relevant an idea than ever before in today’s globalised era with its multiple challenges and opportunities for the continent argues L. MUTHONI WANYEKI