Prof. Makau Mutua explores the potential impact of BBI on Kenyan politics as we go into the election. He argues Raila Odinga remains the strongest presidential candidate but we should not assume he will be a candidate himself and may tip other political leaders to stand in his stead. Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and others are potential candidates too.
Prof Makau Mutua reflects on recent developments in the United States of America; The continuing centrality of race in all matters American; The USA's troubled history with black people since the slaves who built the Capital Hill that was invaded by trump supporters and the deepening global exhaustion with markets and capitalism generally. White nationalism remains the deadliest clear and present threat to democracy in the USA.
Kenya's health facilities are facing another crisis after doctors joined other healthcare workers to demand better protective equipment, medical cover and better pay to help them combat the coronavirus pandemic. In conversation with The Elephant, KMPDU Secretary-General Dr Mwachonda provides an insiders perspective on the state of health care in Kenya.
Kenya's Executive and Legislature are guilty of a major dereliction of duty that has caused the judiciary to be turned into the primary arena of political contest in the country. This condition will only worsen as political realignments intensify in the run-up to 2022 and the elite works to perpetuate itself essentially in opposition to the constitution.
As of June this year, our public debt was 6.6 trillion shillings. Each Kenyan citizen, including those born now, owes creditors at least 139,000 shillings due to public debt. So what does it mean when the government keeps getting loans? Is Kenya on the verge of a debt distress? Our latest feature, #KenyasDebtCycle digs deep into these questions seeking answers and highlighting how the appetite for foreign debt to finance infrastructure has devastated various sectors in the country.
What does it feel like to move through a world designed to limit and exclude you? How are black lives impacted by the othering legacy of colonial cultures and policies? In conversation with Christine Mungai, Nanjala Nyabola explores what travelling while black means in today's world.
Tackling questions like financing development, meeting the needs of the working class, and transform the structure of African economies, Post-Colonialisms Today researcher Akua Britwum provides examples of policy tools used in post-independence Ghana and Tanzania. Produced and edited by Regions Refocus (Cinthia Chen, Editor). Filmed at the Post-Colonialisms Today Intergenerational Dialogue in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2019), by Kijiweni Productions (Amil Shivji, Producer; Wilson Rumisha, Production Manager). Learn more about the project at bit.ly/WhatIsPCT
For this 3rd Pan-African Forum, we will be joined by Prof. Horace Campbell, an international peace and justice scholar and Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University, New York. He will give an overview of Pan-Africanism from the perspectives of the diaspora. Prof. Campbell was the Third Kwame Nkrumah Chair, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon and is Executive member of the North American delegation of the Pan African Congress.
Highlighting the importance of development planning and the central role of the state in facilitating it, Post-Colonialisms Today researcher Akua Britwum offers lessons from her research on planning in Ghana and Tanzania. Produced and edited by Regions Refocus (Cinthia Chen, Editor). Filmed at the Post-Colonialisms Today Intergenerational Dialogue in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2019), by Kijiweni Productions (Amil Shivji, Producer; Wilson Rumisha, Production Manager). Learn more about the project at bit.ly/WhatIsPCT
Nanjala Nyabola explores the ideology of generosity that exists among peoples who know what it's like to live with little and how the COVID pandemic has proved an existential stress test for the neo-liberal state - and it has failed!
Nanjala Nyabola explores the extent to which social media is causing citizens to adjust but acknowledges power is adjusting too. She reflects on the fact that it's now clear that social media companies do not understand the very society they purport to connect and yet we now have a Generation Z whose online and offline lives seamlessly fold into each other with contradictory results we are only beginning to appreciate.
Nanjala Nyabola explores the friction between who Kenya is and who Kenya wants to be; how digital overpromises in life and how it has proved a powerful intensifier for an entire demographic of Kenyans. The consequences touch on every facet of our lives including our politics.