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William Ruto’s Grand Hustle

When Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto took power in April 2013, the dynamic duo, as the press called them, made a habit of wearing matching pants, shirts and ties, and even agreed to fold their shirts’ sleeves Obama-style. No sensible bookmaker could have predicted a fall-out five years later.

Raila Odinga’s Grand Finale

There’s a point during his political rallies where Raila Odinga turns into a football commentator. Two teams will be playing, one with Odinga as captain and another led by whoever is Odinga’s main challenger during a presidential race.



It’s Smokin, Not Smoking!

If you wish to be modest about your accomplishments, then that is well and good. But that isn’t Dr. Smokin ...

The Guy Who Went to Alliance

Justice Isaac Lenaola isn’t exactly your typical Alliance High School guy, the ones who never tire of reminding you that ...

I Listen Louder

In 1990, for thirty days and on a diet of sugarless porridge, no blankets to shelter him from the cold ...

Say Chairperson, Not Chairman!

Before becoming a judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya in June 2012, Susanna Njoki Ndung’u was known for leaving ...

If Institutional Memory Was A Person

Can one claim to be a fully formed judge if they lack the ability to throw a rib-cracking salvo or ...

The Supreme’s Supremo

Chief Justice Martha Karambu Koome has an almost sacred ritual. Once a month, the soft spoken but firm Chief Justice ...

I Speak in Algebra

In 2017, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu became a viral meme video




Explainers

Ruto’s VIP Guest List 

A star-studded lineup featuring Heads of State, 2,500 dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps, and thousands of Kenyans will ...

Uhuru Kenyatta’s Send-off Package  

As public officer number one, the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act of 2013 states that a retired President is entitled to ...

The Evolution of the Presidential Oath 

Ruto will take two oaths administered by the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Anne Amadi, in the presence of the ...

What are the Instruments of Power?

The instruments of power, which are a tradition observed across the Commonwealth nations,  are largely symbolic of the seat of ...


opinion

Sellebrity: Fame Versus Electability

The celebrity as a politician is officially a thing (preceded by the bizarre the-politician-as-a-celebrity epoch of bling bling hookah smoking honourables). And so many are abandoning the mic as they seek to blur the line ...

editorial

Hurtling Towards The 2022 Abyss

As the country gets into premature presidential election campaigns, signs that the country is steadily but surely hurtling towards the early stages of the 2007/2008 nightmare are beginning to show.

editorial-illustrations

Pale Bomas

  You think you’re anxious? Just ask Raila Odinga or William Ruto. (But it looks like IEBC are on it?)  

The Presidential Series

The journeys of presidential aspirants, whose stories intertwine with Kenya’s history, are explored in these compelling profiles.
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Women

The Choice Of Motherhood

The Choice Of Motherhood

Few things elicit sharp reactions like discussing a woman’s body and what she can or cannot do with it. From ...

Sacrificing Harambee Starlets

When Nick Mwendwa replaced Sam Nyamwea as president of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in February 2016, one of his ...

Cervical Cancer, The Female Killer

The World Health Organization reported in 2018 that every two minutes a woman dies of this preventable cancer, affecting typically ...

If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It: Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Your Vagina Healthy

"When the body is healthy, the vagina is healthy," Dr Muthembwa explained.  This means that maintaining your overall bodily health helps ...




reportage

The Nine Lives of Kiamaiko Slaughterhouses

Bayana maintains that Nema has become too hasty and radical in its approach. He tells me that the deadline issued demonstrates a government whose priorities are reversed. Unsettling a whole community’s economy, he explains, will ...

explainer

The Programme of Events at William Ruto’s Swearing-in Ceremony

On Tuesday 13 September 2022, President-elect William Ruto will take the oath of office to become the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya. It is a high-stakes event that sees at least 20 Heads ...

contextualizer

Intrigues of Past Presidential Petitions

As Kenya’s litigants promise fireworks in the upcoming presidential petition hearings, we thought to dig through history books and dust out some of the defining moments of previous presidential petitions.



Audiovisual

Welcome to the disco that is the internet!! And there’s a new notorious band in town. Orchestra MalMisDisAmpPropaganda!

video

Unstereotyped: Swiry Nyar Kano.

Despite fate having it different for Vivian Taabu, well known as Swiry Nyar Kano, always knew greatness was within. Born in Nairobi and growing up first in Mathare and later in Kisumu, Swiry grew up ...

video

The President’s on the Line and Other Short Stories: Moses Wetangula

After the 1992 general elections, Kenya developed a strong opposition team, that President Moi and KANU considered a headache. Moi called Wetangula and nominated him to parliament to...



Zeitgeist

Alcohol Enemas: The Dangerous Way to Get Drunk 

Vodka tampons or butt chugging (used by men to introduce alcohol into the rectum via the anus i.e. as an ...

47 Random Thoughts on Bandana Ya E-Sir

Bandana Ya E-Sir is a let-down. There is nothing about E-Sir in this song. The lyrics are dirty. Disappointing, even. ...

My AFCON Thrill So Far

And so when the word boring is floated around regarding AFCON, I wonder what kind of content passes the vibe-check. ...

How TikTok Got Infested 

You get on Tiktok for a minute, and by the time you look up from your phone, three days have ...



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