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Franklyn Odhiambo | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Franklyn Odhiambo

I have not agreed with Raila Odinga on all his policy positions: I did not agree with his support for Operation Linda Nchi, which in retrospect has proven to be the epitome of a phantasm of Kenyan power play in East Africa.

Corruption in Kenya: Supreme Court Judges Accused of Accepting Millions in Bribes.

Washington Osiro | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

The country's supreme court is at the epicenter of the latest incident of corruption at the highest level of yet another branch of the Kenyan government.

On Africa and the ICC, Don't Buy All the Hype

Elise Keppler | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Elise Keppler

What the AU actually did was to endorse having its Open-Ended Committee of African Ministers on the ICC consider a roadmap on possible withdrawal, among other activities.

Memo to Kenyans: We Are Who We Elect Into Office

Washington Osiro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

"What is honored in a country is cultivated there." Plato, "The Republic" The latest decision by Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundary Commissio...

Kenya: 2015 in Review

Washington Osiro | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

The year 2015 saw a Kenyan government unable to keep its citizenry safe and secure largely because of its inability to maintain a competent, well-armed, well-equipped and professional law enforcement and security apparatus.

Corruption in Kenya: It's Not About the Wealth. It's About the Source of the Wealth

Washington Osiro | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

"I am worth KSh. 387million," screamed one headline. "I am worth KSh. 287million," bellowed another. The preceding headlines, as most Kenyans prob...

The Africa We Want

Uhuru Kenyatta | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Uhuru Kenyatta

This past September, as I joined fellow leaders and global citizens at the UN, I was confronted by a brave fellow Kenyan. He challenged his leaders to make HIV treatment available to all who need it and to address the stigma too many people living with the disease face every day of their lives.

Corruption in Kenya: Fool Me Once... Fool Me Twice... Fool Me Three Times, Hakuna Matata!

Washington Osiro | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

President Uhuru Kenyatta's latest announcement regarding the fight against corruption is yet another act in what has become a bi-annual Kabuki Dance on the issue.

Corruption in Kenya: Sharing the Blame But Not the Wealth!

Washington Osiro | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

A very interesting narrative is taking shape in Kenya's latest "war" against corruption. The narrative advances the storyline that: Kenyans are corrupt because Kenyans are corrupt or as someone put it: "The problem has always been us, yes, me, you and every other individual who calls himself or herself a Kenyan."

Is Kenya at 50 Teetering on Failed Statehood?

Washington Osiro | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

At the risk of stating the obvious, there is a strong relationship between peace and stability on the one hand and strong/effective governance on the other.

Drawing The Line on Corruption in Kenya: Give Amnesty to Tenderpreneurs, Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

Washington Osiro | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Maybe it's my Diaspora-tainted perch but the correlation between wealth and political connection in Kenya is now total and the notion that the likes of Chris Kirubi are "entrepreneurs and industrialists" is not supported by the facts available in the public domain.

Kenya Cannot Rise If Its Women Are Left Behind

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

A much overlooked prerequisite to achievement of development, peace and sustainability is gender equality which will result in improved educational outcomes, better health and greater economic prosperity.

The Teachers' Strike in Kenya: The Consequences of Budgetary Priorities and Choices

Washington Osiro | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Kenyans continue to suffer the consequences of their choice (of leadership) as illustrated by the president's inept handling of the teacher's strike; itself a metaphor for Jubilee's first term in office -- in several areas.

Patriotism: A Bludgeon With Which to Pummel the Kenyan Opposition

Washington Osiro | Posted 08.13.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

It is one thing to oppose policy proposals on factual and honest philosophical grounds. It is an entirely different discussion to react, reflexively, against all proposals put forth just because it's suggested by an opponent.

President Obama's Trip to Kenya: 12 Things Revealed, A Reprise

Washington Osiro | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

President Obama's trip to Kenya revealed many things that further underscore the Rorschach Test-like impact the man engenders. The trip also revealed the cognitive dissonance that Kenyans have with corruption, tolerance and their relationship with America.

For All Kenyans to Be Equal, Kenyatta Must Move Beyond Words on Justice

David Tolbert | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Kenya has an important legal obligation to investigate and prosecute the serious crimes that were committed during the post-election violence period. President Kenyatta has demonstrated utterly no leadership in this respect, and he does his country a disservice by failing to ensure that the law is respected and implemented.

The View From Kepler-452b

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

High in the night sky over Washington, the bright stars Deneb and Vega mark a star field at the center of a probe unrelated to Benghazi or Hillary's emails or whether Iran will get the bomb. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-452b.

Kenya at a Crossroad: Can the Country Learn From President Obama's Visit And The Trajectory of His Life?

Washington Osiro | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Overlooked in the frenzied excitement over President Obama's visit to his father's birthplace is the inconvenient reality: That long after the sheen from hosting the world's most powerful man is gone, Kenyans will return to the hustle and bustle of their daily lives in a society facing a fork in the road towards its future.

Obama Speaks Out For LGBT Rights In Kenya

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics

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Kenya's President Calls Gay Rights A Nonissue During Obama Visit

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.27.2015 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — 5:20 p.m. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says gay rights are a "nonissue" in Kenya and that the issue is not...

As Obama Visits His Father's Home, Kenya and the U.S. Must Look to the Future

Uhuru Kenyatta | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Uhuru Kenyatta

NAIROBI -- Much remains to be done to secure the world from poverty, terrorism and fanaticism and environmental degradation. The United States is an important global actor in seeking, resourcing and implementing the solutions, and Kenya recognizes its role and responsibilities. Kenya warmly welcomes President Obama on this historic visit. I look forward to engaging him on all these matters and to raising the friendship between our nations to new levels of cooperation and goodwill.

The Impact of Politicization of Kenya's Security Agencies: Repeat Attacks, Loss of Lives and a Shattered Sense of Normalcy

Washington Osiro | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

In a piece titled "The best law is the one you can trust your enemy with when he takes over" Godwin Murunga, in a bit of revisionism asserts that only after Mzee Jomo Kenyatta died did Kenyans realize that presidential power was not concentrated in the president - the man - but in the presidency - the institution.

POTUS Barack Obama Set to Visit Kenya - His Father's Homeland

Washington Osiro | Posted 07.01.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Another incontrovertible fact is that American President Barack Obama has Luo blood flowing in his veins. This fact is as much a thorn on the sides of those who hold onto tribal allegiance as it is a source of pride for those who've felt shut out of the spoils of Kenya's independence i.e. "matunda ya uhuru."

Counterpoint To President Uhuru Kenyatta's Claims: Learning From ICC's Treatment of Africans

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta's recent claim that "....there are lessons to be learnt from the way the court treats Africans....." is an interesting take from someone who, with all due respect, is the poster child for the impunity and abuse of power that made African leaders the target of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Accepting and Moving On in Post-racial and Post-tribal Societies

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.