NASA ‘swearing in’ will impact 2022
The ‘swearing in’ that we have been waiting for has come and gone – and the next episode of our political drama has started.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
NASA ‘swearing in’ will impact 2022
New Cabinet signals it’s time to move on
The announcement of the Cabinet puts to rest the anxiety that has marked the last few weeks as people have speculated on how the final list would look
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
New Cabinet signals it’s time to move on
NTSA off the road, but more is needed
We have gone around the mountain, we should do better than go around it another time
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
NTSA off the road, but more is needed
It is time to put an end to the political farce
The title of the human rights account of the 2007 post-election violence published by the Kenya National Commission
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
It is time to put an end to the political farce
KCSE talk shouldn’t cloud key issues
In the never-ending Kenyan political drama, we are fighting over the 2017 KCSE results.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
KCSE talk shouldn’t cloud key issues
It’s time to rethink national celebrations
The focus on the ‘empty’ Kasarani Stadium during the celebration of Jamhuri Day on Tuesday is confounding.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
It’s time to rethink national celebrations
Ndii’s arrest calls for reflection on our freedoms
Dr David Ndii’s arrest has sent shockwaves in our political space by mobilising intense anxiety especially in the period of disappearance – between arrest in the night to re-emergence in Nairobi the following morning.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
Ndii’s arrest calls for reflection on our freedoms
Let governors address needs of the people
As county budgets are approved by County Assemblies across the country, we find ourselves discussing the allocations between recurrent and development/capital expenditures.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
Let governors address needs of the people
Exams have exposed gaps in education
There is a lot to celebrate from the 2017 KCPE results. It still surprises me how quickly these results are released these days. It is also commendable that there were no cases of cheating and so all candidates will get their results.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
 Exams have exposed gaps in education
Solution to current political crises lies in listening more to ‘Wanjiku’
Everybody feels that something is broken. Unfortunately, it has become too easy to turn this into a NASA-Jubilee debate while it is much broader and deeper.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
 Solution to current political crises lies in listening more to ‘Wanjiku’
Uhuru’s legacy hinges on rebuilding nation after stormy electoral period
Focusing on national unity will help the president secure his legacy and build on the goodwill of many Kenyans who count on peace in their pursuit of happiness and prosperity.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
Uhuru’s legacy hinges on rebuilding nation after stormy electoral period
NASA should focus on winning rather than scuttling the elections
If you have the numbers you need for victory, the election does not have to be perfect for you to win.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
NASA should focus on winning rather than scuttling the elections
We seem oblivious to the fact that we are courting violence
Observing the drama unfolding in Kenya now, I feel such caution is the word of the moment. For some reason, we don’t seem to appreciate that we are courting a danger than the threat of either of our candidates losing the election.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
We seem oblivious to the fact that we are courting violence
Opposition leaders’ boycott of Parliament smacks of hypocrisy
Nonetheless, the most important act in the unfolding drama for me, and which therefore forms the subject of this column, is the decision by NASA affiliated legislators to boycott the official opening of Parliament by the President
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
Opposition leaders’ boycott of Parliament smacks of hypocrisy
IEBC faces herculean task in organising the presidential poll
The drama unfolding after the nullification of the presidential election by the Supreme Court has occupied us for most of this week. But it is the happenings and fallout within the IEBC that has been the centre of focus.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
IEBC faces herculean task in organising the presidential poll
Court offers Raila the best exit strategy to secure his legacy
Facts be damned! He will go out as a victim of ‘dark forces’ that constantly robbed him of his victory.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
Court offers Raila the best exit strategy to secure his legacy
Your vote will determine who wins
As we head to the General Election, emotions are high and tension among Kenyans is palpable.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
Your vote will determine who wins
We need to consider non-forceful responses to electoral violence
Elections undoubtedly present tremendous challenges for our security agencies. Their actions or omissions are under great scrutiny from observers both local and international.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
We need to consider non-forceful responses to electoral violence
To avert chaos, Jubilee and NASA must play by the election rules
The alarm bells sounded by the EU and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission have brought the issue of the electoral violence into focus again.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
To avert chaos, Jubilee and NASA must play by the election rules
Making sense of Jubilee, NASA’s blueprints quite a daunting task
Jubilee and NASA launched their manifestos, highlighting policy priorities they would implement if elected into office.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
 Making sense of Jubilee, NASA’s blueprints quite a daunting task
Be wary of leaders abusing public trust to sow discord
The idea has been peddled by several observers without explanation. But the statement gained more salience during the recent National Elections Conference at which Raila Odinga included the statement in his speech.
By Kamau Wairuri 6 years ago
Be wary of leaders abusing public trust to sow discord
The dominant 'Species' of women intimidating Nairobi men at night
The vehicles young women are driving in this City can make one turn to a bank robber, drug dealer or gun for hire in a bid to match their larger than life lifes
By Vollah Owino 7 years ago
The dominant 'Species' of women intimidating Nairobi men at night
Raila missed great chance as Uhuru skipped polls summit
Going into such a competitive election, in an unfocused manner and with only the expectation of victory is not only delusional but also dangerous.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Raila missed great chance as Uhuru skipped polls summit
Uhuru plan on inclusive growth timely
First, Jubilee has done well in creating an enabling environment to facilitate the growth of business.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Uhuru plan on inclusive growth timely
Despite lingering questions, launch of SGR was historic
The launch of the SGR earlier this week was a moment of national pride.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Despite lingering questions, launch of SGR was historic
Sonko focus on the poor gives him a political edge over rivals
For as long as Sonko continues to champion the interest of the ordinary citizens of this city, I’ll cut him some slack.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Sonko focus on the poor gives him a political edge over rivals
Our peculiar politics and why status quo always remains
The high turnover of political leaders at every election, like what we are witnessing this year, makes us preoccupied with the idea of change.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Our peculiar politics and why status quo always remains
On devolution, elected elites must deliver or be voted out
Any politician who still has an iota of contempt for voters, had better watch out; change is in the air. The people who feel forgotten, ignored or disrespected by the political elites are sending a clear message: We are here and we will be heard.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
On devolution, elected elites must deliver or be voted out
Why obsession with numbers makes us even more gullible
We are now in a world of alternative facts. We have fact-checkers who have been examining statements by our leaders.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Why obsession with numbers makes us even more gullible
Debate on police executions calls for a broader approach
The execution of two young men in Eastleigh, Nairobi, last week, is just the latest incident of police violence against suspected criminals.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Debate on police executions calls for a broader approach
President has a right to react angrily to attacks
The bitter exchange between President Kenyatta and Governor Josephat Nanok during the launch of a drought mitigation plan in Turkana has made headlines across different platforms.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
President has a right to react angrily to attacks
Ruto has misread signs of the times in Rift backyard
I remember a while ago, Danson Mungatana, former Garsen MP, had taken to attacking Raila Odinga, a more senior and seasoned politician. In his sharp and dismissive response, Raila said when a dog barks at you, you go for the owner.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Ruto has misread signs of the times in Rift backyard
Merger of parties doesn’t guarantee Jubilee victory
Earlier this week, I have heard the stories of two middle-aged, working class women living in Nairobi who have registered as voters for the first time.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Merger of parties doesn’t guarantee Jubilee victory
Why war on drugs fires up our soft political underbelly
The drug trafficking issue has made it to the news cycle yet again. This time it is driven by the extradition of Akasha sons to the US to face drug trafficking charges.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Why war on drugs fires up our soft political underbelly
Bold, innovative ideas key to Uchumi’s recovery plan
An article in last week’s edition of The Standard on Sunday titled ‘Uchumi stumbles through a maze in its quest to regain glory’ left me with mixed feelings.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Bold, innovative ideas key to Uchumi’s recovery plan
It’s reckless for Jubilee to keep picking silly fights
From the look of things, the 2017 General Election will be a high-stakes one. The heightened political activity and drama forewarn exciting, if somewhat unnerving, times.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
It’s reckless for Jubilee to keep picking silly fights
Opposition unity clamour is usual selfish narrative
Sitting down to discuss politics last year, one of my mentors introduced me to an interesting book published in 1841.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Opposition unity clamour is usual selfish narrative
Pollsters speaking to greed, not the science of surveys
Opinion polls are very important tools for assessing the opinion of ordinary people about important topics. Polls are conducted for many reasons, but in Kenya, we pay most attention to the popularity of politicians; the horse race.
By Kamau Wairuri 7 years ago
Pollsters speaking to greed, not the science of surveys
The poor stand no chance at education
Gone are the days when education brought uniformity amongst members of a society irrespective of their social status.
By Vollah Owino 8 years ago
The poor stand no chance at education
Why the poor stand no chance in the education system
“The commercialization of courses at university level with the inclusion of the parallel programme will soon make luxurious courses such as medicine, law and engineering a preserve of the affluent in the society.”
By Vollah Owino 8 years ago
Why the poor stand no chance in the education system