August 31, 2016

Dear Margaret, ever considered becoming a president?

                  Dear Margaret Kenyatta, This is between you and me, but isn’t it time you tell all this men that are lobbying your husband for their own selfish interests just to stop, close their mouths? What they do has nothing to do with delivering what the people want. Or, maybe that’s better: isn’t it time for you to once and for all stop the fighting on the political stage by availing yourself for the highest job in the country? Never considered? Let me tell you why: First of all: most of the men in charge (a lot of then are sharp dressed men that behave like children) all had a mother. And young boys tend to listen to their mother. Imagine you in charge. You just tell them: sorry boys, it’s time
May 1, 2016

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
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
September 4, 2010
KIbera Article Daily Nation

Slumhugging in hugslum Kibera

Whatever happens in Kenya, we are not there yet…. But a lot of people are working on it. Today’s Newspaper (The Daily Nation), thought me that Nairobi’s informal settlements, Kibera has between the 6000 and 15.000 active NGO’s. According to the newspaper, there might an NGO for every 15 residents. I think that Kibera’s non-official hugslum-status, needs to be upgraded to an official one. They could start using it in the tourist-brochures, where Kibera would nicely fit next to the national hugtribe… 😉 Ah, sorry… Which tribe was that again? Click here for Daily Nation article Kibera
September 3, 2010

Goosebumps and tears

Funny feelings about the historic promulgation of Kenya’s new constitution. I did hardly see any prominent ‘good’ leader at the signing ceremony. All of them at least had a disputable reputation. But my impression might be wrong. The number one among those of course is mister Omar al-Bashir, the democratically elected and International sought for leader of Sudan, not really known for his sympathy with the democratic policies and known for of several genocides he’s thought to have been guilty of. Interesting is that Kenya recently confirmed its support for the I.C.C. and said that they would fully cooperate with the I.C.C., in a meeting notably in Kampala. Kenya said that as an I.C.C.-memberstate they oblige themselves to arrest fugitives on their territories. Several sources said that al-Bashir was not on the invitee-list. But that is not an excuse. In
December 13, 2008
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Netherlands / Time for some Kenya promotion

I think it’s time for some Kenya promotion. I will prepare a gallery for you with nice pictures from this beautiful country with its beautiful people. Keep an eye on this weblog for the coming days please. And… enjoy your evening!
October 16, 2008

Kenya / Promptly Establish Special Tribunal

Human Rights Watch: Government, Donors Should Support Commission’s Findings on Election Violence [inspic=143,left,,thumb](New York, October 15, 2008) – The Kenyan government and international partners should strongly support the call by the Waki commission investigating post-election violence to create a special tribunal to end Kenya’s cycle of impunity, Human Rights Watch said today. “The Waki commission has done an admirable job describing the causes of the violence and assembling evidence,” said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Now the politicians need to set up the special tribunal it recommends. Justice is crucial for Kenya’s stability.” The report of the Commission of Inquiry into Post-Election Violence, headed by Justice Philip Waki, was published on October 15, 2008. The commission concluded that politicians on all sides had organized and funded attacks on supporters of their opponents. The inquiry also found that
July 8, 2008

Kenya / Coming up: more audio and pictures

Been a kind of offline (moving in and out almost every country between Kenya and South Africa)in the past months, collecting stories from Africans telling about their lives, their frustrations and most of all: their dreams. I met fishermen on the Cape who are not allowed to fish and had to flee into crime and drugs, I met beachboys in Mombasa who in order to be more succesfull with a muzungu lady, are planning to visit a witch doctor ‘before the season starts’ to get a black magic battery in their wallet, and i talked to Tanzanians being frustrated about the fact that the country’s mining profits are disappearing abroad, other Tanzanians who believe that they can make a difference by starting a business and treating their employees in a human way by paying them a normal salary and treating