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110: Non-Communicable Diseases
Aug 15 • 51 min
The conversation on cancer and other non-communicable diseases has taken centre stage after the death of high profile Kenyans in recent weeks. According to the Ministry of Health, Kenya in undergoing an epidemiological transition marked by a decline in…
109: Kenya’s Digital Heritage
Aug 8 • 63 min
This week, we’re joined by Tayiana Chao, a digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar, of African Digital Heritage, the Museum of British Colonialism, Save the Railway and Skills 4 Culture to discuss the importance of having a digital…
108: Otherwise? Q&A
Aug 1 • 14 min
This week, we’re throwing it back to the old school format, where I take topic suggestions from the pod’s community. Should we set stricter criteria to attract quality investors and protect our SMEs? What can we as citizens can do to fight the Huduma…
107: Food Safety in Kenya
Jul 25 • 40 min
On July 14th 2019, NTV aired a feature titled Red Alert, which revealed that Kenyan supermarkets and retail outlets were using sodium metabisulfite to increase the shelf life of meat products by making them look fresher for longer, so as to prevent…
106: How Do We Fix Sports in Kenya?
Jun 27 • 37 min
On 27th June 2019, Kenya beat Tanzania 3-2 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), moving us to second place in Group F, right behind Ghana. This renewed the conversation around sports reform in Kenya. This is the first time Kenya has qualified for…
105: Social Protection in Kenya
Jun 20 • 47 min
According to Kenya’s Social Protection Policy, poverty, disease, and ignorance were identified at the time of independence in 1963 as the critical challenges facing the new nation of Kenya. While some degree of success has been achieved in the area of…
104: Demonetization 101
Jun 13 • 24 min
In June 2019, the Central Bank of Kenya announced that it would be phasing out the current generation KES 1,000 note by 1st October 2019 in an effort to curb illicit financial transactions, combat currency counterfeiting, and fight corruption. They also…
103: Otherwise? Live - LGBTQI+ Organizing in Kenya
Jun 6 • 84 min
In our second live recording, we’re joined by Njeri Gateru, Lorna Dias and Pastor David Ochar to discuss LGBTQI+ organizing in Kenya in light of the High Court ruling on the decriminalization of same sex conduct. Press play!
102: Maternal Healthcare in Kenya
May 30 • 35 min
Kenya’s maternal mortality rate is 362 deaths per 100,000 live births according to the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey by KNBS. Article 43(1)(a) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 states that: Every person has the right to the highest attainable…
101: The Kenyan Labour Movement
May 23 • 47 min
We celebrate Labour Day/International Worker’s Day each year on the 1st of May. Celebrations are organized by trade unions and their members, and they take time to highlight the labour environment in the country, and how it can be improved. To mark this…
100: The Journey to Constitutional Reform
May 16 • 63 min
The Constitution of Kenya (2010) was promulgated almost 9 years ago, on 27th August 2010. This was after it was presented to the Attorney General on 7th April 2010, officially published on 6th May 2010, subjected to a referendum on 4th August 2010, and…
99: Manufacturing Prosperity
May 9 • 54 min
The Big 4 Agenda has identified manufacturing as one of its pillars (alongside universal healthcare, food security and affordable housing), with the goal of increasing its contribution to Kenya’s economy to 15% by 2022. The agenda has identified 8…
98: Going Green
May 2 • 44 min
At the Paris Peace Forum in November 2018, Uhuru Kenyatta committed to Kenya’s transition to 100% green energy by 2020. We’re joined by Anne Wambugu, an electrical engineer working in the renewable energy sector, to discuss Kenya’s current state…
97: Rebuilding Somalia
Apr 18 • 53 min
In January 1991, Mohammed Siad Barre’s government was toppled when rebels from the United Somali Congress toppled the Red Berets, in a culmination of a struggle that began in 1986. Since then, Somalia has been in a state of civil war. We’re joined by…
96: Mobile Lending in Kenya
Apr 11 • 32 min
Mobile lending in Kenya has experienced a boom in recent years. Customers are able to apply for & receive loans through their mobile phones, and this has drastically changed Kenya’s financial landscape. It is made possible through mobile money transfer,…
95: A Matter Of Fact
Apr 4 • 57 min
We hear a lot about fake news, but that is a very broad and misleading term. According to the Ethical Journalism Network, “fake news is information deliberately fabricated and published with the intention to deceive and mislead others into believing…
94: The Age Of Consent
Mar 28 • 44 min
On Tuesday, 26th March 2019, the Standard reported that a three judge bench at the Court of Appeal, constituted by Justices Roselyn Nambuye, Daniel Musinga and Patrick Kiage, proposed that the age of consent be lowered to 16 by amending the Sexual…
93: Global Warming at the Equator
Mar 21 • 58 min
Much of the conversation about global warming and climate change focuses on the Earth’s poles and the areas outside the tropics. It is urgent that we understand the effects of global warming in the tropics in general, and at the equator in particular.…
92: Where Does Our Stolen Money Go?
Mar 14 • 45 min
According to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and National Treasury reports in 2016, it was estimated that a third of Kenya’s national budget was lost through corrupt dealings annually. Much of this money ends up in offshore accounts in…
91: A Roadmap to Affordable Housing
Mar 7 • 41 min
As part of its Big Four Agenda, the Jubilee government aims to focus on the provision of affordable housing units to be bought on mortgage by formally employed Kenyans. By 2022, the government aims to have constructed 500,000 affordable housing units,…
90: On Femicide and Women At The Frontline
Feb 28 • 31 min
Caroline Mwatha. Sharon Otieno. Mercy Keino. Fiona Kasuya. Mary Wambui. Beryl Adhiambo. These are some of the women we have lost to Kenya’s femicide crisis, wither due to their work, or men in their lives. This week, we’re joined by Rachael Mwikali, the…
89: The Air We Breathe
Feb 21 • 41 min
In Kenya, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), diseases of the respiratory system are the leading cause of morbidity, followed by malaria. We experience 19,112 deaths annually because of air pollution, and of these, 6,672 are…
88: Human Trafficking in Kenya
Feb 14 • 43 min
Kenya is flagged as a source, transit, and destination country for persons subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking in East Africa by the Trafficking in Persons Report of 2018. We continue to host illegal recruiters who maintain networks in Uganda…
87: GMOs and Food Safety
Feb 7 • 44 min
Kenya is set to begin open field trials of GMO cotton in March 2019, following the approval for national performance trials by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in 2018. This would make us the first in East Africa to grow GMOs in open…
86: The New Curriculum
Jan 31 • 53 min
After 32 years of the 8-4-4 curriculum, the new 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum rolled out in January 2019. Its goal is to provide quality education and training policies for all. It aims to improve access, quality, relevance and equity in line with international,…
85: Persons of Interest
Jan 24 • 46 min
We recently found out that while we were enjoying our holidays, Uhuru Kenyatta was busy passing changes to laws through a Miscellaneous Amendment Act . One of the most controversial amendments was the one to the Registration of Persons Act, which added…
84: Disaster Response 101
Jan 17 • 23 min
In the aftermath of the attack on 14th Riverside on 15th January 2019, many citizens asked how they could help ease the situation, as well as assist the victims of the disaster. Today we’re joined by Naomi Mutua, a digital PR specialist and a citizen…
83: Separation of Church and State
Jan 10 • 41 min
The Constitution of Kenya (2010) in Article 8 states that there shall be no state religion. Yet, our national anthem, one of our national symbols (listed in Article 9), begins with “Eh Mungu Nguvu Yetu,” or “Oh God of all creation.” The preamble to the…
82: Debunking Mental Health Myths
Dec 13, 2018 • 23 min
This past weekend, it was reported that universities had noted a worrying trend of students dying by suicide, with at least 12 cases having been recorded since January. Many more cases go unrecorded, but the causes were depression and other mental…
81: Abortion and Reproductive Healthcare
Dec 6, 2018 • 44 min
On November 18th 2018, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) banned international health organization Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services after alleged complaints from the “public” that their radio adverts were…
80: The Two-Thirds Gender Principle
Nov 29, 2018 • 46 min
The Constitution of Kenya (2010) has multiple provisions that govern representation, but the two-thirds gender principle has been the most difficult to implement. It has been 8 years now since we passed the constitution, but we have yet to enact…
79: Otherwise? Live - Public Finance and the Right to Food [Part 2]
Nov 22, 2018 • 49 min
In our first ever live event, we were joined by Joy Ndubai, Kwame Owino and Alex Owino to discuss how public finance and tax justice intersect with our right to food in Kenya.
78: Otherwise? Live - Public Finance and the Right to Food [Part 1]
Nov 22, 2018 • 70 min
In our first ever live event, we were joined by Joy Ndubai, Kwame Owino and Alex Owino to discuss how public finance and tax justice intersect with our right to food in Kenya.
77: The Problem With Our Roads
Nov 15, 2018 • 41 min
On Monday, 12th November, 2018, commuters woke up to a matatu “strike” that saw fares rise to almost double (or even triple) what they normally are. The cause of the strike? The government’s declaration that it would once again begin enforcing the…
76: The Sound of Protest
Nov 8, 2018 • 42 min
The Blankets and Wine Festival, a pioneer in the Kenyan live music scene, turned 10 years old on 3rd November 2018. We are joined by its founder, Muthoni Drummer Queen, to talk about its journey, the growth of live music in Kenya and how it has evolved in…
75: Intellectual Property 101
Nov 1, 2018 • 47 min
Intellectual Property (IP) is intangible property that arises from the mind/human intellect – it could be anything from inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, symbols, names and images used in commerce. Legal rights are derived from this…
74: Exam Cheating
Oct 25, 2018 • 62 min
KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations kicked off on Monday 22nd October, 2018. 664, 586 students will be taking the exams, which test what they have studied in their four years of secondary education in three to four weeks. This…
73: When Technology Meets Violence
Oct 18, 2018 • 35 min
Technology Assisted Violence Against Women (TAVAW) comprises acts of gender-based violence that are committed through the use of Information and Communication Technologies(ICTs), such as phones, the Internet, social media platforms, and email. Many…
72: The Impact of Interest Rate Capping
Oct 11, 2018 • 41 min
In September 2016, Kenya passed the Banking Amendment Act, creating interest rate controls where there were none before. It sets the maximum lending rate at no more than 4% above the Central Bank base rate; and the minimum interest rate granted on a…
71: In Data We Trust
Oct 4, 2018 • 45 min
Kenya currently has two draft Data Protection bills both tabled in 2018. One is a Senate Bill sponsored by senator Gideon Moi, while the other is a National Assembly Bill sponsored by the Ministry of ICT. Today we’re joined by Lucy Mwangi, an ICT lawyer,…
70: Financing the Kenyan Government
Sep 27, 2018 • 63 min
The 2018 Finance Act, one of the most controversial in recent times, was passed into law on 21st September 2018 despite public opposition. Today we’re joined by Mokeira Nyagaka, a research analyst at the International Budget Partnership Kenya, to talk…
69: Fuelling Our Nightmares
Sep 20, 2018 • 49 min
Beginning September 1st 2018, 16% VAT was applied on petroleum products, sparking nationwide uproar. This tax on petroleum products was first proposed by the VAT Act (2013) and scheduled to kick in in September 2016. However, in 2016, it was postponed by…
68: Women and the 2017 Elections
Sep 13, 2018 • 70 min
In August 2017, three women made history by becoming Kenya’s first female governors, and three others became the first elected female senators (in 2013, all women in the Senate had been nominated). We’re joined by Nanjala Nyabola, a writer, humanitarian…
67: Sex and the Sugar Daddy
Sep 6, 2018 • 51 min
Last Week, BBC Africa Eye released a three part series titled Sex and the Sugar Daddy (or Sugar in short) that has driven a lot of conversation about sponsors both online and offline. Today we’re joined by the film-maker behind the series, Nyasha…
66: The Politics of Food in Nairobi
Aug 30, 2018 • 50 min
This week, we are joined by Grace Githiri, an urban planner and Geographical Information Systems expert, to look at food security in Nairobi, where 63 - 70% of the population lives in informal settlements which occupy only 6% of the land in Nairobi. Press…
65: The Oil in Turkana
Aug 23, 2018 • 45 min
The Lake Turkana basin is an over 70,000-square-kilometer region that is home to Lake Turkana, East Africa’s most saline lake, and the largest desert lake in the world. The area is home to pastoral communities like the Turkana, Samburu, El Molo,…
64: #Repeal162
Aug 15, 2018 • 36 min
The #Repeal162 movement is a part of a long struggle for the recognition and protection of the rights of the LGBTQI community in Kenya. It consists of 2 ongoing court cases: Eric Gitari v Attorney General & another (Petition no. 150 of 2016) and…
63: The Business of Music
Aug 9, 2018 • 47 min
In 2017, the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) had its license refuse to be renewed by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) for failure to submit its audited financial statements and amounts paid in royalties to its members. MCSK is a…
62: Tax Justice in Kenya
Aug 2, 2018 • 79 min
This week, we explore tax justice, which looks at the intersection between taxation, inequality and human rights. Why do we pay taxes? We have a social contract with the state. We give up some freedoms to it, and in return we receive security,…
61: Stop Killing Us
Jul 26, 2018 • 50 min
7th July in Kenya is Saba Saba Day, a historic day on which Kenyans protested successfully for multiparty democracy in 1990, with many losing their lives and getting beaten and tortured by the police. This year, there was the Saba Saba March for Our…
60: Nai Ni Who?
Jul 19, 2018 • 44 min
This episode is dedicated to everyone who lives and loves in Nairobi, as well as everyone who’s been in the city. We’re joined by Mutheu Mbondo, one of the organizers of Nai Ni Who?, a festival which explores of Nairobi, celebrating the good,…
59: Rafiki
Jul 12, 2018 • 30 min
Rafiki, a film by Wanuri Kahiu, is a story about two young women who fall in love, despite their families being on opposing sides of the Kenyan political divide. It is adapted from the 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story, Jambula Tree, by Ugandan…
58: The Cybercrimes Act
Jul 5, 2018 • 36 min
On 16th May 2018, Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act, despite critiques from multiple parties, including the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE), Article 19, and the Kenyan Union of Journalists, among others. As a…
57: #SwitchOffKPLC
Jun 28, 2018 • 49 min
Between October 2017 and January 2018, many Kenyans came online to complain about electricity bills that were double, and in some cases triple, what they normally pay. These were, in essence, backdated electricity bills intended to recover KES 10.1…
56: Women’s Lives Matter
Jun 21, 2018 • 30 min
Between May 2017 and June 2018, 47 Ugandan women have been found brutally murdered; having been kidnapped and sexually assaulted or raped. Only three suspects have been arrested in relation to these kidnappings and murders, and none of them has been…
55: #DeCOALonize
Jun 13, 2018 • 22 min
Kenya is currently in the middle of a heavy debate about the proposed 1050 megawatt coal power plant in Lamu. This plant will cost us 2 billion dollars, which is about 202 billion Kenya Shillings. We also seek to start the mining of coal at the Mui…
54: The Cost of Corruption
Jun 7, 2018 • 29 min
The last few weeks have been jarring for Kenyans as we found out that we’d had yet another maize scandal, and this time we lost KES 2 billion at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) to 21 people. We also found out that we lost KES 9 billion…
53: Iko Nini?
May 31, 2018 • 26 min
Welcome back to Season 2 of Otherwise?! We’re so happy to be back. Today, we’re going to be looking at some of the legal issues that may be pertinent in Kenya in 2018, including freedom of expression, press freedom, fake news, data protection,…
52: The Kenyan Experiment
Aug 24, 2017 • 131 min
It’s been a year of podcasting here at Otherwise?, and to mark this occasion we have Owaahh of Owaahh.com with us this week to discuss what we call the Kenyan experiment. In what order did the communities currently settled in Kenya arrive? How…
51: #KenyaDecides
Aug 17, 2017 • 194 min
The 2017 general election is now behind us, and we are still asking ourselves questions and processing how it went. This week, we are joined by Mark Kaigwa of Nendo and Odanga Madung of OdipoDev to discuss how the election season played out online….
50 (Part 1): As You Head To The Ballot
Aug 7, 2017 • 10 min
Tomorrow is D-day – we will have our second election since we got the 2010 constitution, and our sixth as a multi-party democracy. What do you need to be aware of as you head to the ballot? We’ve got you covered, press play! Resources FACTSHEET:…
49: Women and Youth in Kenyan Politics
Aug 3, 2017 • 84 min
NOTE: the figures quoted for the number of women running were from UN women and UNDP. According to Africa Check, however, we have 9 women running for Governor, 131 women running for Member of National Assembly, 21 running for Senator, 299 running…
48: Arts & Culture and The Kenyan Identity
Jul 27, 2017 • 88 min
We are only 11 days away from the 2017 general election, and this week, we are joined by Dr. Njoki Ngumi of The Nest Collective and HEVA Fund to discuss sports, arts and culture, and what it means to be Kenyan. Has the Jubilee Coalition delivered on…
47: Digital Citizenship In The Silicon Savannah
Jul 20, 2017 • 113 min
We are 18 days away from Kenya’s 2017 general election, and this week, we are joined by Nanjira Sambuli, Digital Equality Advocacy Manager at the Web Foundation and awesome digital citizen to talk about ICT (Information and Communications Technology)…
46: A Look At Kenya’s Economy
Jul 12, 2017 • 102 min
NOTE: The Isiolo International Airport has since been completed and is operational. We are now 25 days away from the general election, scheduled for 8th August 2017. This week, we talk about Kenya’s economy with Kwame Owino, the CEO of the Institute…
45: Reforming Kenya’s Education System
Jul 6, 2017 • 95 min
We are 32 days away from the 2017 General Election. This week, we are joined by Dr. Wandia Njoya to discuss education in Kenya, with a focus of curriculum reform. What do we want to achieve when we educate our children/citizens? Are we focused on the…
44: The State of Kenya’s Healthcare
Jun 29, 2017 • 93 min
We are now 39 days away from the 2017 General Election. This week, we speak with Dr. Mercy Korir, a medical doctor and healthcare correspondent, on the state of health services in Kenya, with a focus on the last five years. Has the Jubilee coalition…
43: The State vs The Media
Jun 22, 2017 • 74 min
We are now 46 days away from this year’s general election. This week, we talk to Christine Mungai, a writer and journalist, about Kenya’s media. We talk about the July 2013 media breakfast at State House, the laws this government has passed to…
42: A Look At Kenya’s Foreign Policy
Jun 15, 2017 • 88 min
We are 53 days away from this year’s general election, and this week, we talk to Nanjala Nyabola, a writer and policy analyst, about Kenya’s foreign policy. In 2014, for the first time since our independence, we published a written foreign policy…
41: Building The People’s Political Party
Jun 8, 2017 • 73 min
We are 60 days away from the 2017 General Election, and this week, we talk to Scheaffer Okore, the vice chairperson of the Ukweli Party, on what it means to be an active citizen, why they founded the party, what challenges they faced when starting it,…
40: Election 2017 - An Overview
Jun 1, 2017 • 9 min
We’re now two months away from the 2017 General Election, so we thought we’d do a status check. As we’ve learnt from past Kenyan elections, and recent elections worldwide, election coverage is very important, and we’ve seen media coverage get used…
39: Afropolitanism and Other Stories
May 25, 2017 • 16 min
This week, I share some interesting highlights from a daily writing experiment I’m running over at adventuresandexperiments.com where people send me writing prompts on issues that are of interest to them and I respond with my perspective. For…
38: Let’s Talk About Maize
May 18, 2017 • 11 min
Yet again, because we are experiencing the effects of a drought, we have a food shortage, and food prices have gone up. 2 kilos of sugar are going for 400 shillings, and until very recently, 2 kilos of maize flour were retailing for 150 to 200…
37: Now What?
May 11, 2017 • 9 min
This past week has been a downer for me news-wise, what with the news that the US government (through USAID) is suspending its support of the Ministry of Health’s departments due to corruption and weak accounting practices. This support is worth KES…
36: Kenya’s Middle Class
May 4, 2017 • 12 min
This week, we’re gonna talk about Kenya’s middle class, or what I like to call Schrodinger’s middle class – you know, the guys powerful enough to cause the price fluctuation of goods through their tweets, while not being powerful enough at the…
35: The Kenyan Condition
Apr 27, 2017 • 11 min
This week, you guys wanted to talk about democracy and development from a Kenyan lens (to vote on what we discuss, follow us on Twitter @thisisotherwise, we run a poll each week). Is democracy the best form of government for countries like…
34: The Upright African
Apr 20, 2017 • 11 min
One of the most iconic things to happen on our continent is when Thomas Sankara came to power and changed the name of Upper Volta to Burkina Faso - the land of upright men. How may we best carry out Sankara’s vision for Africa? This week, I wish to…
33: Extrajudicial Killings
Apr 13, 2017 • 11 min
On March 31st 2017, a video went viral on social media of two men, said to be plainclothes policemen, having a scuffle with a young man. Shots are heard, and understandably there is screaming and scampering. Then, we see the young man on the…
32: Kenya’s Budget 2017/18
Apr 6, 2017 • 11 min
Kenya’s longest serving Finance Cabinet Secretary (this position was formerly known as Finance Minister) read the budget statement for 2017/2018 on the 30th of March 2017. This is a special reading since it is this government’s last budget in their…
31: The Political Con
Mar 30, 2017 • 8 min
Like many other Kenyans, I find myself constantly wondering about the hold our political class has on us, and why they continue to hoodwink and oppress us with impunity and consistency. I have analyzed our systems, institutions and approach to…
30: The Dangers Of Militarization
Mar 23, 2017 • 12 min
Last week, on March 18th 2017, Uhuru Kenyatta traveled to Dhobley Military camp in Somalia to visit the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops stationed there as part of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission stationed there. He wore his military…
29: Political Party Nominations
Mar 17, 2017 • 8 min
This week, we begin to focus on our upcoming general election, starting with the political party nominations that are in the near future. Our representatives have been making many promises and inflammatory statements across the board, and there has…
28: Why Is Food So Expensive?
Mar 9, 2017 • 12 min
This week, you guys said you wanted to talk about food inflation - that is, the increase in the prices of food in Kenya. Between February 2016 and February 2017, the cost of food and non alcoholic beverages has gone up by 16.5%. The cost of making a…
27: How Do We Heal?
Mar 2, 2017 • 11 min
It’s 2017, and the world feels like it’s falling apart. The gains that we have made as a people feel like they are being erased - instead of love, acceptance and growth, we have hatred, intolerance and division. The fight against fascism, racism,…
26: Kenya In 3 Words
Feb 24, 2017 • 12 min
We made it to episode 26! That’s half a year of podcasting guys, let’s pat ourselves on the back! :D This episode, I ran my first experiment. Recently, I sat down and a thought jumped into my mind - wouldn’t it be nice if we (Kenyans) could map a…
25: An Opposition Scorecard
Feb 16, 2017 • 9 min
It’s an election year, and that means that the usual suspects are jostling for your votes, and ultimately, power. In a lot of my work, I focus on governance and socio-cultural issues, and when it comes to governance, the spotlight is usually on the…
24: Drought Begins With You
Feb 9, 2017 • 13 min
Kenya is being ravaged by drought this year - this should not come as a surprise, since we are a drought prone country where 80% of the land is arid and semi arid. Yet, from the reaction of our government, you would think that the drought is indeed a…
23: Fascism Is The New Black
Feb 2, 2017 • 19 min
If it feels like we’re on the verge of the breakdown of democracy as we know it, it’s because we are. World over, it’s like the rug has been pulled from underneath our feet. Far right nationalism, racism, sexism, xenophobia, classism and other…
22: 5 Myths About Voting
Jan 26, 2017 • 7 min
It’s that time of the year again! Election season is upon us, and you know what this comes with - all manner of scaremongering to get you to register to vote, and vote for specific candidates. Some candidates will beg for your vote, others will ask,…
21: #LipaKamaTender
Jan 19, 2017 • 51 min
Welcome to Kenya, where doctors signed a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the Ministry of Health in 2013, and the employer has yet to register or implement it, yet we have enough money to grant our MPs a KES 36 billion send off package while…
20: Best And Worst Of 2016
Dec 15, 2016 • 23 min
We have 16 more days to the end of 2016 - congratulations on making it this far! Like most people, I am running a countdown, and looking back at the year that has been and taking stock of both the good and the bad times, and what I have learned. This…
19: The Gambian Miracle
Dec 8, 2016 • 12 min
It’s official - in what almost surely qualifies as a miracle, Yahya Jammeh, the dictator who has ruled The Gambia for 22 years, was voted out of power in a free and fair election, and Adama Barrow, the opposition coalition candidate, was voted in….
18: Daima Kenya
Dec 1, 2016 • 17 min
Many Kenyans will tell you that whenever they see our national flag, or hear the national anthem, they feel their hearts swell with pride. Why? Because the flag and our anthem make them feel patriotic - proud to be Kenyan. This is possibly what…
17: Social Media vs The Truth
Nov 24, 2016 • 14 min
After the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the USA, many people have remarked that we are living in a post truth economy/post factual world - it doesn’t matter what the facts present, it only matters what you believe, and how strongly…
16: The Art Of Protest
Nov 17, 2016 • 14 min
Protests are a key part of democracy - they are a way for citizens to act directly to show their support or disapproval regarding a course of action, statement or thing. After Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the USA, protests began, led…
15: It’s President Trump!
Nov 10, 2016 • 8 min
I think I speak for many people when I say I’m relieved the US election is over - you couldn’t look anywhere and fail to be bombarded by Trump vs Clinton news, and now, the forces of tribalism and prejudice have spoken - the US, and the rest of the…
14: Dear Kenyans
Nov 3, 2016 • 25 min
As you may know by now, we are in the throes of a new national scandal in which it is alleged that KES 5.3 billion was stolen from the Ministry of Health, based on an interim audit report that was obtained by the Nation Media Group. Scandals of this…
13: You’ve Been Scammed!
Oct 27, 2016 • 10 min
Pyramid schemes seem to be back in fashion, with Russian fraudster Sergey Mavrodi having brought his Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox (or, MMM Global) to Kenya with a serious recruitment offensive. It’s as if Kenyans never learn! We’ve seen this before with…
12: 99 Problems
Oct 20, 2016 • 15 min
In what is a rare occurrence in Kenya, the people and their legislators have agreed on something: we have too many elected officials, especially the Members of Parliament (that is, Senators and Members of the National Assembly), and MCAs (Members of…
11: Censored
Oct 13, 2016 • 22 min
Everyone’s favourite public servant, Ezekiel Mutua, was back in the news this week as he proposed a Bill that would enable him (and his friends at the Kenya Film Classification Board) to regulate, control and censor basically everything in the…
10: Dereva, Chunga Maisha!
Oct 6, 2016 • 18 min
Road safety has been on the tip of our tongues and the top of our minds after a matatu (KCG 748M) serving the Ongata Rongai route crashed in late September killing four people on the spot and injuring six others. We protested online and offline, the…
9: Till Divorce Do Us Part
Sep 29, 2016 • 15 min
The Federation of Women Lawyers, better known as FIDA Kenya, has been in the news lately for its petition to the courts to have matrimonial property split 50-50 upon the dissolution of a marriage, and to have sections of the Matrimonial Property Act…
8: The Uber Dilemma
Sep 22, 2016 • 11 min
The ride hailing/taxi app market in Nairobi, and the rest of Kenya, seems to be the in-thing right now for multinational and local organizations, attracting an ever-growing list of players – Uber, Little, Sendy, Mondo Ride, Taxify among others. The…
7: Do Not Feed The Facebook
Sep 15, 2016 • 9 min
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, recently visited Kenya and Nigeria in what was his first visit to the continent. He hung out with start-up founders, spent time at hubs in both countries, walked (and jogged) around without security, ate with…
6: Breaking Bank
Sep 8, 2016 • 8 min
After 16 years and three failed attempts at passing a bill to cap interest rates in Kenya, former MP Joe Donde’s dream has now become a reality. This week, we take a look at the Banking Amendment Act 2015, what it has changed about our banking and…
5: Why Do We Hate Our Women?
Sep 1, 2016 • 10 min
The oppression of women in Kenya, and worldwide, has become a frequent topic of discussion, with the advent of universal human rights, and with women being clearly oppressed in their societies via female genital mutilation, lack of education, early…
4: Kidero’s Nairobi
Aug 25, 2016 • 14 min
Nairobi County Governor, Evans Kidero, recently said that to eliminate the effects of voter importation into the county, people with muddy or dusty shoes would not be allowed into polling stations during the 2017 General Elections. Naturally, this…
3: Olympics Shame
Aug 18, 2016 • 8 min
This has been such a cringe worthy Summer Olympics for Kenya - it seems like every other day we get embarrassing news. Why are we like this? Listen to this episode to find out. Resources Julius Yego’s Plane Ticket to Rio Goes Missing The Scandal of…
2: Everything is On Fire
Aug 11, 2016 • 6 min
Today on the show we discuss school fires in Kenya - since June 2016 over 120 schools have had their property burned by students. Why? And, what can we do? Resources Students, Arson, and Protest Politics in Kenya: School Fires as Political Action…
1: The Gambler
Aug 5, 2016 • 14 min
I’ve always been interested in understanding, and perhaps changing, the nature of Kenya through my work, which until now has consisted of writing and speaking. This has been edifying, but I’ve come to appreciate how hard it is to keep up with. Every…