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Baba's quest for power and glory in Addis will only end with tears without teargas
Raila Odinga aka Baba is back in the news as the nation readies to offer his candidature as the next chair of the African Union.
By 16 days ago
Baba's quest for power and glory in Addis will only end with tears without teargas
No place is too far in our quest for 'buroti'' even when we are taken for a wild ride
I was serving as taxi driver for one of my relations who had been lured by notices that declared “butori maguta maguta,” or very prime land.
By 17 days ago
No place is too far in our quest for 'buroti'' even when we are taken for a wild ride
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Riggy G's titles: Impressive on paper, powerless in reality
I suspect Riggy G got ensnared in some of the traps because he can’t quite extricate himself out of the mess.
By 23 days ago
Riggy G's titles: Impressive on paper, powerless in reality
The turbulence in Prezzo Ruto's US travel just got worse, could crash-land
Who are these unnamed friends of Prezzo Ruto and why do they wield so much influence on him?
By 23 days ago
The turbulence in Prezzo Ruto's US travel just got worse, could crash-land
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Letter to Bill 'Ruro', our Prezzo-at-large who is somewhere in the States
So, if I were you, Prezzo Ruro, I’d go a little further and consider space exploration while you’re still at it. In any case, you never promised anyone that you’d be using a wheelbarrow to fly around.
By 30 days ago
Letter to Bill 'Ruro', our Prezzo-at-large who is somewhere in the States
Facing Mount Kenya, Riggy G reckons he's not too clever, but he ain't stupid
Gachagua said he had been deep in the heart of Mt Kenya praying and fasting, as well as meditating and reflecting about the state of the nation.
By 30 days ago
Facing Mount Kenya, Riggy G reckons he's not too clever, but he ain't stupid
Riggy G declares 'war' on Marigiti brokers, I can only wish him well in his endeavours
Good luck, Riggy G! I’m sure you have picked useful lessons from the brokers in the coffee sector.
By 1 month ago
Riggy G declares 'war' on Marigiti brokers, I can only wish him well in his endeavours
Planting wisdom trees for good shield in times of plenty and lean ones
First off, do we plant when the rains begin, or when they end?
By 1 month ago
Planting wisdom trees for good shield in times of plenty and lean ones
Prezzo orders schools to reopen on Monday but Machogu's late-night memo on the way
Many schools are still marooned, pit latrines are overflowing, grass is overgrown and many buildings are teetering on the brink of collapse.
By 1 month ago
Prezzo orders schools to reopen on Monday but Machogu's late-night memo on the way
Medical interns must learn to live within means and eat books
Doctors should be content to eat books all their life and be content to know even if they don’t have as much money, they have the mental resources badly needed in a nation full of ignorance.
By 2 months ago
Medical interns must learn to live within means and eat books
Sakaja's city plan is a fanciful flight some 25 floors above us all
I think Sakaja is right to order the arrest of anyone caught filming his army of workers, Kanjo, as Nairobians call them, as they go about their business which entails skiving work.
By 2 months ago
Sakaja's city plan is a fanciful flight some 25 floors above us all
The political economy of heckling and why the show must go on
Prezzo Ruto has come under immense pressure from areas previously considered his strongholds, as roiling swirls of humanity descend to express their outrage over a raft of policies
By 3 months ago
The political economy of heckling and why the show must go on
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Kuria needs help to understand there are limits to his power in public appointments
There is a need for more effective public communications from Kuria’s ministry so that the minister understands the limits of his power, so Itumbi can blog more accurately.
By 3 months ago
Kuria needs help to understand there are limits to his power in public appointments
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Police deployment to Haiti to proceed on 'by hook or crook'
Gangs have overrun the capital city of Port-au-Prince and thousands have been displaced from their homes, precipitating torrents of communicable diseases and acute food shortages
By 3 months ago
Police deployment to Haiti to proceed on 'by hook or crook'
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In PS Hinga's universe, demolishing is part of the building process
The planned demolition that Hinga announced this month, without a doubt, will leave hundreds of families out in the cold.
By 3 months ago
In PS Hinga's universe, demolishing is part of the building process
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Our Haiti mission remains on course, but let's consider one-man state for Prezzo Henry
Since Prezzo is determined to send our troops to Haiti, I am inclined to propose that he dispatches the navy, who might be able to navigate the Caribbean better on water.
By 3 months ago
Our Haiti mission remains on course, but let's consider one-man state for Prezzo Henry
Something's brewing as prohibitions are lifted on sale and distribution of 'muratina'
Muratina brewing went underground and one needed a special permit to brew it occasionally, when cultural rituals and family gatherings permitted it.
By 3 months ago
Something's brewing as prohibitions are lifted on sale and distribution of 'muratina'
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M7-mediated handshake stuns Riggy G into rare silence, imminent eclipse
Either way, it’s an unexpected development on several counts: Firstly, it’s something he promised would never happen under his watch, and even swore by the gods of Kirinyaga.
By 3 months ago
M7-mediated handshake stuns Riggy G into rare silence, imminent eclipse
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Baba's Bondo retirement that never was, and the prospects of new gig as AU boss in Addis
We were promised that opposition leader Raila Odinga aka Baba would be deposited somewhere in Bondo for his much-anticipated retirement.
By 4 months ago
Baba's Bondo retirement that never was, and the prospects of new gig as AU boss in Addis
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King'ori Mwangi stood guard in a newsroom as his son lay dying in a hospital ward
King’ori appeared tranced most of that evening, as TV cameras shone light on his sleep-deprived eyes and, now we know, the grief from an imminent death in his family.
By 4 months ago
King'ori Mwangi stood guard in a newsroom as his son lay dying in a hospital ward
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Hustler Number One becomes King, Riggy G cannot remain calm
Mfalme is king, so the man they had helped install to the throne only eighteen months ago, riding in a barrow, had crossed ranks to sit with the dynasts.
By 4 months ago
Hustler Number One becomes King, Riggy G cannot remain calm
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The Nairobi miracle of transforming overnight chaos to tranquil order
I was particularly buoyed by Sakaja’s edict turning city pavements into an open-air market every nightfall.
By 4 months ago
The Nairobi miracle of transforming overnight chaos to tranquil order
Things are elephant when tots talk about inflation, and can't wait to leave school
When nine-year-olds organise business meetings, you know things are elephant.
By 4 months ago
Things are elephant when tots talk about inflation, and can't wait to leave school
The Ruiru lands registry works with clock-like precision when gangs of brokers scatter
I watched the registrar attend to a dozen or two of wananchi shielding under a shed, appending signatures, and dispensing advice, as he did to us.
By 4 months ago
The Ruiru lands registry works with clock-like precision when gangs of brokers scatter
The wondrous joy of small Eastleigh hospital that's doing better than blue chip companies
Joy Nursing Home offers a teachable moment for the nation: Rather than expend energies to probe what they could have done to make so much money, I’d like to focus on the positive.
By 4 months ago
The wondrous joy of small Eastleigh hospital that's doing better than blue chip companies
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Ruto's democracy by exclamation and a brief housing history
Prezzo Ruto aspires to have a kitty of unlimited funds that will be used to build houses for Kenyans to purchase at undefined rates, using their own sources.
By 4 months ago
Ruto's democracy by exclamation and a brief housing history
From barrows to tractors, and the merits of starting early to finish race even earlier
Prezzo Ruto campaigned for four straight years, so there is merit in politicking around the five-year cycle, and his template appears to have paid off.
By 4 months ago
From barrows to tractors, and the merits of starting early to finish race even earlier
Dagoretti MP KJ returns to stage with engaging sketch containing echoes of Kamotho
A generation ago, KJ was part of the Reddykulus trio that used satire to puncture politicians’ rhetoric and expose their hypocrisy.
By 4 months ago
Dagoretti MP KJ returns to stage with engaging sketch containing echoes of Kamotho
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Politics of gender and how Madam Koome is providing statecraft
But the State House meeting this week did not involve any stripping, so far as we can tell, and if there was eating of any kind, we’re not privy to those details.
By 4 months ago
Politics of gender and how Madam Koome is providing statecraft
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Ghosts of State House are alive and well, let's rebuild from bottom up
I understand Jomo never stayed at State House, Nairobi, opting instead to commute daily to his home in Ichaweri.
By 5 months ago
Ghosts of State House are alive and well, let's rebuild from bottom up
Of little gentlemen serving as groundsmen, and Patricia, math geek who fell by wayside
Patricia’s father was a teacher in a nearby school and being the daughter of a teacher, she carried herself with a certain dignity.
By 5 months ago
Of little gentlemen serving as groundsmen, and Patricia, math geek who fell by wayside
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The outrage of shopping with nothing but your phone, on a day of M-Pesa outage
I hope Safaricom will learn to upgrade their systems at night time, not daytime, and spare us such pecuniary embarrassment.
By 5 months ago
The outrage of shopping with nothing but your phone, on a day of M-Pesa outage
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Baba's supporters opt to eat cake now that price of 'unga' is up
After lamenting about the rising price of unga for most of the year, Raila Odinga decided to do something about it. He splashed cakes all around the country.
By 5 months ago
Baba's supporters opt to eat cake now that price of 'unga' is up
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Murkomen displays mathematical prowess, even though his numbers simply don't add up
Kipchumba Murkomen was irritated by the inaccuracies demonstrated by Kenyans lamenting about the increased rates for use of the Nairobi Expressway.
By 5 months ago
Murkomen displays mathematical prowess, even though his numbers simply don't add up
Roots of rage and the relief of schools reopening next week, after a long break
While I’m happy to be rid of such menace, I’m still at a loss over how to raise children away from such online games that elicit episodic raging.
By 5 months ago
Roots of rage and the relief of schools reopening next week, after a long break
In revisiting Judiciary, Prezzo Ruto must not sound or look helpless
I recall hearing a rumour that Prezzo Ruto runs the Cabinet single-handedly because he claims all his appointees are incompetent. Now, I’m starting to have my doubts.
By 5 months ago
In revisiting Judiciary, Prezzo Ruto must not sound or look helpless
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No money for development as eating county chiefs gobble up just about everything
County governments have been turned into employment bureaus and those with any levers of power are using them to create jobs for their kith and kin.
By 6 months ago
No money for development as eating county chiefs gobble up just about everything
Why Christmas comes early with gifts from strangers in Uganda, the pearl of Africa
And in keeping with the spirit of the season, I will share the generosity of strangers that prologued my Christmas cheer.
By 6 months ago
Why Christmas comes early with gifts from strangers in Uganda, the pearl of Africa
Express development: Why Mombasa road will be a gamechanger
Now they say Mombasa needs an expressway. The project was first mooted in 2018, while the Nairobi-Mombasa Special Gauge Rail was in the offing.
By 6 months ago
Express development: Why Mombasa road will be a gamechanger
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Season of blackouts in the week that marks our nationhood signal gradual but sure decline
One might say that it’s Kenyans who suffer a disturbance to their lives when Kenya Power interrupts electricity supply.
By 6 months ago
Season of blackouts in the week that marks our nationhood signal gradual but sure decline