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Kenya’s Underground: The Mist KE

Every Friday moon, the basement of The Mall in Westlands is transformed from plain unpainted walls & pipes to an underground watering hole for niche electronic and alternative music connoisseurs and artists titled ‘The Mist’.  The Mist is a weekly basement rave providing…

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How Not To Bungle Your 2023
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Hustler Fund Could End Up Hurting The Poor
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Fact-checking Can’t Wait Till The Next Election
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Ahmed Rashid, Mathare’s Merchant Of Death?

Over the last six years, data collected by the Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC) puts…

It’s Going To Take Long. Better Enjoy The Ride, Ninja

It’s the new year and for most people that means goal-setting time. Not me though,…

Governors, Beware! Of Upright and Conniving MCAs

“Authority assigned to a State officer is a public trust…”  Article 73 (1) of the…

No More Police Reforms?

Within weeks of President William Ruto taking office, there were reports of the police being…

Yes, Mr. President, Extrajudicial Killings By Police Must End

In October 2022, shortly after he assumed office, President William Ruto told officials of the…

The Case for Reviving Kenya’s Abandoned Transition

“The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”  – Milan…

A Case For A Judicial Commission of Inquiry Into 15 August 2022

Clearly, there is an appetite for accountability for the riotous scenes at the Bomas of…

Was Meghan Markle Naïve About Racism in Britain?

I have never been a fan of kiss-and-tell stories. I find them distasteful and dishonest.…

What Have Dreadlocks Got To Do With It?

“Imagine a lawyer or doctor with dreadlocks.” – Peter Kaluma, MP Homa Bay Town Constituency. What…

What’s In For 2023

Stop being rude. Stop asking people invasive questions and giving them unsolicited advice to their…

Holidays Are For Family And Family Is What You Make It

I don’t usually go home for Christmas. By home I mean Meru, to my mother’s…

Christmas Rest Amidst Election Inquiries

And so, it is set to end. Finally the holidays are here, schools out and Kenyans are headed for a much needed break.

National Government Should Support Nairobi, Not Dominate

Recently, the two gentlemen at the top of Kenya’s executive have expressed contrasting views on…

For Those of Us with Christmas Blues

The “So what are you doing for Christmas?” messages have started streaming in and my body is slowly clenching day by day.

Nairobi: Shiny But Impractical

I have lived in and travelled to various cities around the world since I was…

War Is Failure Of Football

Football or soccer is a strange sport. Put two teams of eleven each and a…

Bloated Kenyan Delegation at COP27 Reflected the Country’s Misplaced Priorities

In a previous incarnation, when I was a globe-trotting United Nations official, I was constantly…

IEBC And The Cookie Crumbs 

Do you remember your parent ever warning you not to touch the cookie jar until…

The Good, The Daunting and The Unsaid in Presidents’ Pressman

Lee Njiru has written a memoir sprinkled with humour, full of personal insights into the…

‘We’re not Freaks’: Tales of a Kenyan Geek

How does the Kenyan mainstream hivemind treat people who are into comics and animation? Horribly.…

Kenyan MPs Can No Longer Hide Behind “the Ayes”

Our thirteenth Parliament has well and truly begun work, and whatever honeymoon period may have…

Jacqueline Kubania
There Aren’t Enough Women in Kenyan Newsrooms, and it Shows

When I walked into my first class at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology…

Kenya’s Explosive Mix of Corruption, Debt and Rising Expectations

When the Goldenberg scandal was exposed in the early 1990s, Kenyans thought they had seen…

A Case for the Pursuit of Peace in the DRCongo

The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) surely need reprieve from constant violence…

Jacqueline Kubania
It’s The Little Things 

I am trying to design a life I like. A life I don’t need to…

Under Collapsed Buildings, Real People 

As often happens, the collapse of a building in Kasarani was just another trending story,…

The World Cup Of Corruption

The World Cup is the football tournament I gladly set aside time for. It is…

Show Me Your Friends 

Remember those multiple choice questions in school? Here is one for you. The difference is,…

Bobby Mkangi
We Are Debating Everything, Including County Boundaries!

Since the commencement of the 13th Kenyan Parliament, it has been raining constitutional amendment bills.…

‘‘We Just Hope For The Best’’

At the time of writing this, I have been in Kenya for 72 days.  Contrary…

Jacqueline Kubania
There Is No Shame, Beloveds

A few weeks ago, a Kenyan social media influencer advertised break up classes. Ms Lydia…

Somalia’s Famines Not A Product Of Food Scarcity

Almost every year, the United Nations and humanitarian agencies declare a ‘famine’ in Somalia. This…

The Fire Next Door: Electoral Justice and the NSAC Allegations  

Still remaining uncontroverted are grave allegations in sworn affidavits by soon to be retired (IEBC)…

A Playlist For Every Grief

I shouldn’t be writing about this with such brevity – because it deserves a solid…

For Women Who Love The World Cup

A riot of colorful hats and flags, exuberant dancing, and the Vuvuzelas, (those rasping, meter-long…

Jacqueline Kubania
If You Don’t Make Clothes For Us, Gikomba Will, By Way Of IG.

Instagram boutiques have me in a chokehold. I can’t help it, I spend an embarrassing…

CBC, The Second Coming Of 844 And Other Short Stories

Why does it seem like we have been here before? Students being given homework to…

Violation of Women’s Rights Goes Beyond Iran

The call by activists to throw Iran out of the upcoming World Cup finals in…

Bobby Mkangi
First Ladies and First Gentlemen: Constitutional Intruders or Builders? 

“There is no handbook for incoming first ladies… It’s not technically a job, nor is…

Sampa the Great: The Reason I’ll Watch Wakanda Forever

I know that former US President Barack Obama included Sampa the Great’s Energy in his…

The Quickest Way to Get a Married Woman Into Bed? Choreplay.

To clarify, I mean a married woman who you are married to, and you’re trying…

You’ve Seen The Two SGR Contracts. Now What?

Kenya’s Transport Minister Kipchumba Murkomen posted two 2014 loan contracts between Kenya and the Exim Bank of…

Jacqueline Kubania
I Was Enjoying My Time In Victoria Sands Until…

I just spent an idyllic three days in Homa Bay County by the shores of…

Kenyans Have No Right To Claim Rishi Sunak

Much has been made of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Kenyan roots, with some comparing…

Bobby Mkangi
A Case Against Tampering With Presidential Term Limits 

The Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides any Kenyan with the right to propose its rehabilitation.…

Ahmed Rashid, Mathare’s Merchant Of Death?

Over the last six years, data collected by the Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC) puts…

PEOPLE

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The Rise and Fall of Machakos Bus Station

Traffic on Landhies Road is flowing smoothly when I cross at Nacico Plaza. I have…

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Searching For The City’s Vibe: A Photo Essay

On Google Images, Nairobi is a city with stories of a built environment. Occasionally the…

An 80s Christmas in the Village

One problem with adulting, is that we forget what Christmas really meant to our younger selves. I remember Christmas as that time of the year when the sun

Trapped In Nairobi For Christmas

One of the holidays I will never forget is Christmas of 2015. It left me…

POLITICS

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What Are the Roles of the Sergeants-at-Arms

The Sergeants-at-Arms is appointed by the President, and is usually recruited from senior ranks in security agencies and administration.

Who Calls For the First Sitting of the Senate and the National Assembly

After the notification by the President, the Clerks of the Senate and National Assembly officially communicated the same to the elected representatives…

The Roles of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly 

After Moses Wetangula was officially sworn in as the 8th Speaker in the history of…

Who Qualifies to be a Speaker of the National Assembly

On Thursday 8 September 2022, Moses Masika Wetangula became the 8th Speaker of the National…

WOMEN

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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 to maintain your vaginal health.

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.

Cervical Cancer, The Female Killer

The World Health Organization reported in 2018 that every two minutes a woman dies of this preventable cancer…

Traditional Medicine and Vaginal Health: Facts From Fiction 

Tea made from specific plants has traditionally been given to women for various vaginal ailments, and these same herbs are…

Gender Based Violence: A Shadow Pandemic

Gender-Based Violence is one of the most persistent violations of human rights across the globe and has been reported to be much higher within marginalized populations.

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