• Open letter to President Yahya Jammeh

    Open letter to President Yahya Jammeh

    Dear President Jammeh. I am writing on behalf of my friends Emmy, Amzy, Mama and everyone else residing in your small but beautiful West African country; The Gambia. Friends that I made during my short work stay in your country, and as true Africans, we have remained real friends with a common bond of cherished […]


  • Respect the presidency, whether you voted for the incumbent or not

    Respect the presidency, whether you voted for the incumbent or not

    On April 6, 2009, Raila Odinga, then Prime Minister in the Grand Coalition Government, bitterly complained that he had been given a lousy reception in Mombasa. Addressing the public, he ranted on how there was no provincial administration official to receive him, there was no toilet for him to use and he had been granted […]


  • President Obama’s Full Farewell Address [Video+Text]

    President Obama’s Full Farewell Address [Video+Text]

    It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and […]


  • Wanyonyi Chebukati and the City Hall Scandal that never was

    Wanyonyi Chebukati and the City Hall Scandal that never was

    The selection panel for appointing the chairperson and members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission forwarded the names of two fine lawyers, Wanyonyi Chebukati and Tukero ole Kina to the President for nomination. The President nominated Chebukati together with other six commissioners, now awaiting the National Assembly’s approval. Chebukati’s nomination is now under scrutiny […]


  • Why current electronic poll systems in Kenya are ineffective

    Why current electronic poll systems in Kenya are ineffective

    The current highly polarised debate on whether to have manual backup for the IEBC’s electronic election management systems is a red herring in my view. The real issue should be whether the multibillion shilling IEBC electronic systems as currently deployed are up to the task and are value for money. My conclusion is that the […]


  • Why PNU is good for Jubilee

    Why PNU is good for Jubilee

    Though many are not ready to admit it or say it out loud, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s the Jubilee Party is actually facing a crisis in it backyards of Central and Rift Valley. Thanks to the new law that does not allow the losers of party primaries to move to other parties, the Jubilee Party is […]


  • Why proponents of BVR-only election are not interested in clean outcome

    Why proponents of BVR-only election are not interested in clean outcome

    The insistence by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy that the 12th General Election be based entirely on BVR technology is such a no-brainer that it has to be about anything but a successful outcome. The ruling Jubilee Party, an amalgamation of 11 diverse political parties, is convinced that the Opposition Cord is out to […]


  • My Christmas message to the nation

    My Christmas message to the nation

    Once again, we celebrate the birth that changed the world. We Christians believe that on this day, God sent his son for our salvation. But many who are not Christians celebrate with us the message of hope and reconciliation that Christmas brings. It is a good moment, then, to ask whether we have been worthy […]