Is the problem with Kenya really that it is full of Kenyans?

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:06, by Patrick Gathara
Lately, many of the diagnoses that have been offered on the causes of Kenya’s problems, from corruption to terrorism, have sought to lay the blame collectively on its citizens. “It begins with you” is a common refrain heard whenever blocked drains and poor city planning cause flooded roads or whenever governmental malfeasance or incompetence permits terrorists to wreak havoc. Last year, a headline to Michela Wrong’s articlein Foreign Policy declared, “Everyone Is Corrupt in Kenya, Even Grandmothers”.
Now, of course, we must be wary of national stereotypes which, more often than… ( Read on! )

Why Obama's Second Coming May (Temporarily) Save Kenyans

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 15:29, by Patrick Gathara
Two weeks ago, a team of Kenyan security officers was ambushed while responding to reports of armed militants from the Al Shabaab terror group being sighted in the eastern Kenya village of Yumbis. The security officers apparently escaped without sustaining any casualties, leaving the militants free rein to terrorise residents, hoisting their black flags and forcing them to listen to their sermons, for up to 7 hours. Later that night, the Kenyan government issued a terse statement claiming security forces had “repulsed” the attack on Yumbis after “engaging the militants in gun… ( Read on! )

Why Demanding Duale's List Is A Really Bad Idea

Monday, June 01, 2015 - 21:17, by Patrick Gathara
In the aftermath of the Al Shabaab attack on Garissa University which killed at least 148 people, the local MP and Leader of Majority in the National Assembly, Aden Duale, vowed to provide a list of terrorist financiers and sympathisers within a month. That promise passed unfulfilled three weeks back. Now, Duale appears to have stirred a hornet’s nest by declaring that he is answerable to no one and owes no one a list.

It is interesting that he felt the need to distinguish between the two, accountability and obligation. For, as much as many would wish to deny it, Duale is only half wrong. He… ( Read on! )

Why Kenya Is Not At War

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:54, by Patrick Gathara


Kenya is at war. This mantra is repeated over and over ad infinitum by government officials and pro-establishment types. At a time of military conflict, we are told, peacetime rules and conventions do not apply and we should be prepared to give up some of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution. But really, are we at war?

“We are in a war against terrorists in and outside our country,” declaredPresident Uhuru Kenyatta in December. He was, of course, referring to the confrontation with the extremist and… ( Read on! )

The House of Graft

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 14:16, by Patrick Gathara

“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them,” said Karl Marx. The idea that members of parliament are part of the “oppressing class” and represent themselves not their constituents appears to find much support in the conduct of Kenya’s legislators at all levels. Their greed and prioritization of self-enrichment above all else and to the detriment of those they are meant to serve is legendary. Yet Parliament has also served as a forum for exposing and, if not exactly combating… ( Read on! )

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