He is supposed to be Kenya’s great hope. The man who could turn this country around, restoring peace and democracy. A role model for all aspiring politicians. But as Barack Obama’s run for the Democratic nomination heads towards its most crucial phase, there has been barely a mention of his campaign in the Kenyan papers. … More African Myths and Obama Mania
President Kibaki’s son Jimmy came out Friday to dispel reports that he had been shot by his mother, First Lady Lucy. The President’s first born son convened a press conference in Nairobi at which he declared that he was as healthy as ever.
The refugees don’t look the way refugees are supposed to look. In Londiani, in Nakuru, in Kericho they have been camped around police stations or churches with their belongings – bed frames, fridges and sacks of clothes – often piled next to their matatus or gleaming white Toyota Corollas. These are not poor people. In many … More These Refugees Aren’t Poor Enough
It would be funny if it hadn’t crippled my entire life. Every time I turn on my computer I get a little jingle and the following message: “KIBAKI FOR PRESIDENT. VOTE KIBAKI FOR A BETTER FUTURE. KIBAKI TOSHA TENA.” It seems my computer is infected with the Kibaki Tosha Tena worm. (My Swahili is pretty … More Oh The Irony
More than two years after he retired, Sir Edward Clay is still managing to make the headlines here. Today’s splash in the Nairobi Star (sadly without a website as far as I can see) is BANNED! EDWARD CLAY NOT WELCOME. As British High Commissioner he was a constant thorn in the side of the Kibaki … More Shoed Away
With dire warnings about the state of the Kenyan economy appearing everywhere, it is nice to be able to report that Kenya’s finest have not let the country’s political and ethnic crisis affect their entrepreneurial zeal. Muindi, my driver, and I were flagged down by traffic cops today just a few miles outside Nairobi on … More Business as Usual on the Roads