May 20, 2016
Ever wondered how Africa would look if we would introduce job-rotation among world-leaders? So we would have Obama deal with the security challenges, tribalism and nepotism Uhuru Kenyatta is dealing with, we would have Uhuru Kenyatta be chairman of the European Union, Angela Merkel would be president of Tanzania etc. Interesting… Would they do a good job, each of them? I wonder. And… who would do better? So-called Western leaders in Third World Countries or so called Third World Leaders in Western countries?
May 20, 2016
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Wages in Kenya

Graphic of the wages/income in Kenya. Interesting and it gives some insight in what people are actually talking about when they mention  ‘growing middle class’.
May 1, 2016
Kenya's watches the ivory burning in Nairobi National Park. What's he thinking?

Kenyatta’s dilemma

Burn it or sell it, Kenya burned 105 tonnes of ivory. Declaring a total war against poaching elephants (and rhino’s ) for their tusks. Wise to do? Yes, says (among others), Richard Leaky: it’s the only way. According to Richard Leakey. But… burning 105 tonnes of creating is creating scarcity on the market and causes prices to go up, so the demand side of the market will make more efforts to kill. Not helping the elephant population at all. Option 2: Selling ivory on the (black) market could really boost the economy (market value of the 105 tonnes ivory being destroyed is approximately 105 million US$). By bringing more ivory in the market the price will drop and you will destroy the market. This, in an nutshell, seems the dilemma of Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta. What’s the man thinking while
April 30, 2016
Historic Ivory burning in Kenya today.

Preparing for Ivory burning by Uhuru Kenyatta

Preparing a visit for the burning of the largest ivory burning in history. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will light a match to 105 tons of elephant ivory, 1.35 tons of rhino horn, exotic animal skins and other products such as sandalwood and medicinal bark. Uhuru Ke nyatta is not the first president to burn ivory. His predecessors Daniel Arab Moi and Mwai Kibaki did the same. Today’s burning will be historic because it’s the biggest pile of ivory burned ever. Controlled burning Ivory won’t burn by itself, so the arte facts will be set ablaze with a mixture of fuels that are injected under high pressure through perforated pipes, thus creating a controlled fire. Most likely the ivory will be burning for days despite the torrential rains that are torturing the Kenyan capital.   Di Caprio For the past week,
September 19, 2015

Teachers Strike And Trying To Blame The Constitution

BY JOHN GITHONGO Source: www.the-star.co.ke/news/teachers-strike-and-trying-blame-constitution  In 1997 the government made a deal to increase the pay of Kenya’s chronically underpaid teachers. It was only partially implemented. As a result, especially at times of political vulnerability for the incumbent administration, like elections and now at the start of every new school year, strikes by our teachers have become a normalized. The current government complains it doesn’t have Sh17 billion to implement the pay rise that the Supreme Court has legitimated much in the same way that the election that brought the current regime into power was legitimised. The teachers – in the 18th year of the fight to have promises made to them kept – are portrayed as fiscally unfeeling and unsympathetic to a Jubilee regime struggling to balance the books during increasingly difficult times. It’s true that times are difficult and
September 19, 2015
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Teenage Nation Kenya

We are growing up. And growing up comes with challenges. One of those challenges is growing responsibility. Everybody has had his or her teenage years. Everything you know seems to change: the world around you, your friends, your ideas, your body. What you don’t realize as a teenager, is that you are changing and not the world around you. Looking at Kenyan at the moment it feels like looking at a teenager that is growing up: it’s going against anything her parents (people, constitution, democratic allies) are telling her. ‘I am against, an I will who you who decides.’ Kenya is full of ambitions. The world is at our feet, we even dare to compare out nation with  long established societies worldwide, preferably and convenient often indicated as The West, out former Colonial masters. To a certain extend, the modern
September 13, 2015

Work in progress

It has been a while that I did a posting. I will spare you the reason. At the moment, we are restyling, updating the site to make it compatible with and readable on all the mobile devices readers are using these days. So please come up from time to time and let me know if you have any wishes. Hope to see you back soon!
June 19, 2014

Kenya | Vacancies at State House: Mood Readers wanted (m/f)

An imaginary morning at the President of Kenya’s Office: President gets up, first thing he gets is his security briefing, especially movements that are ICC-related and CORD related, then the press clippings. He goes true with it, gets some emotions with the news, then his personal assistant comes up with today’s agenda. While walking to his vehicle with a tea-to-go in his hands, he gets briefed in more detail about the first meeting today. In the car next to him, his speech-writer talks to him about the print-out mister President has  just been handed over: the speech he going to deliver  at the next function. Eh, wait… stop… Are we missing something here? As in: missing something that we might need, not as in missing something that was there but we didn’t see? Yes! I would say. We are missing
June 18, 2014

Kenya terror | Conspiracy theories and the fun of it. Choose the one of your liking!

Conspiracy number one (1) Kenya’s president blames the opposition for the recent attacks at the coast saying that the opposition wants to destabilize the country. I am sure he has read Aristotle’s Rhetoric, because he successfully diverts the subject from what has actually happened to Who is responsible, thus diverting the attention from your own role to someone else’s, at least thats what he thinks. A proven technic, just look at world history to find your examples. By the way: these technics were very successful on masses that did not, or could not check the facts and connect the dots. Does it make sense? Mmm… I wonder. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility before the Kenyan Government came with a statement, according to local newspapers, people were warned even before the attack took place. Does the opposition party really gain by an
May 21, 2014

The invisible consequences of terror

Since the Westgate attacks, Kenya has been hit by 14 terror attacks, leaving tens of Kenyan people dead and even more Kenyans wounded. Most of them are common men, women and children whose main day to day concern is how to feed their families and their loved ones. For the rest of the world, live continues after the 8 o’ clock news. For the victims, life will not easily be the same as before an attack. Admit: for most people, terror attacks is something you hear about on the television news. For a few seconds, maybe minutes or days, you are in a shock. We live I a society where most people are familiar with televised violence. I wonder if most people would actually notice the difference between the real world, created in the News and the entertainment world, let’s