Africa Uncensored

My Voter Story: Steve Biko

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has been conducting what it calls a mass voter registration exercise from the 19th of January and will run until Tuesday the 14th of February 2017. Millions of Kenyans are expected to register as new voters while others are likely to transfer their vote to other polling stations. Does peer pressure affect the voting pattern and do your friends have a say in who you vote for? Here’s the story of Steve Biko, a video editor at Africa Uncensored:

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My Voter Story: Joy Kirigia

What determines the winner in an election is the number of voters who cast their ballot in favour of him or her. This is common at least in all major democracies and as Kenyans go to the polls on the 8th of August 2017, the winner will have to garner at least 50% of all the votes cast plus one additional vote. Apart from dropping a marked ballot paper in a box, what role does the voter play and what does your vote mean to you? In this episode of “My Voter Story”, we sample some of the views of the staff at Africa Uncensored. Here’s the story of Joy Kirigia:

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In the Shadow of Justice

She has seen children die, she has seen women miscarry and says a whole community may be wiped out if nothing is done to clean the environment. Phyllis Omido, an environmental activist was among the activists who helped shut down Metal Refinery, a lead smelting company that was poisoning the residents of Owino Uhuru slum in Changamwe, Mombasa. Phyllis has been collecting data on the mortality rate and runs an organization that advocates for the environment. She was awarded The Goldman Environmental Prize, one of the most prestigious environmental awards in 2015. As a former employee of the lead smelting company, what led her to lead a revolt? In your story this week, Ms. Omido shares why her only son and hundreds of others are victims of rogue businessmen.

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THE LONELY WARRIOR: Post Traumatic Stress and the Kenya Defence Forces.

Many a veteran’s wife has said, “What’s wrong with you? We were just at your mother’s funeral and you didn’t shed a tear. You didn’t even look sad. You just looked like a block of stone.” Excerpt from Odysseus in America

On an otherwise fine day in March 2016, the shine and sparkle of a quiet village in Busia County was muted by an unfolding event. The villagers woke up to the death of one of their own. A man held in high esteem. A man who had fought for his country and came back home alive. What made his death that much more poignant was its manner. Death by his own hand. Joash Ochieng’ Magar, 52 who had just come home from a mission in Somalia against the Al Shabaab had taken his own life.  He was reported to have suffered from some mental problems that had him sent home on indefinite leave.

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I Don’t Know What to Tell the Women

Coastal Kenya is known for its alluring beaches and rich cultural heritage but over the past few years, unexplained murders and disappearances of terror suspects has become a common aspect of daily life. On the 7th of December this year, HAKI Africa, a non-governmental organization based in Mombasa released a report detailing 81 extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances carried out in a span of four years allegedly in the hands of security agencies. The Government has denied the allegations in the report. In your story segment this week, Salma Hemed, a gender officer at HAKI Africa shares her experiences in the field and what women go through as they cry out for justice when they lose their loved ones in unclear circumstances.

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Behind the Brush Stroke

When art imitates death: Artists capture the pain of murder victims and families.

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The Faithful Driver

Africa has one of the highest levels of youth unemployment globally with nearly half of the university students who graduate annually failing to get jobs. While skills and expertise are among key prerequisites to being considered for a job, the concept of trust is sometimes overlooked by both job seekers and prospective employers. Africa Uncensored’s Dennis Mbae spoke to Naftali Ogola, a young taxi driver in Kisumu, Kenya who got a job by virtue of his integrity and through which he has maintained a momentum of good fortune in his work.

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Kifo Cha Mende – Sehemu Ya Pili

Katika sehemu ya kwanza ya makala Kifo Cha Mende, tuliangazia baadhi ya visa vya mauaji ya kiholela na watu kutoweka kwa njia tatanishi nchini Kenya katika miaka ya hivi karibuni. Licha ya matukio haya kuongezeka na ushahidi kuashiria yanatekelezwa na vyombo vya usalama, idara ya usalama ingali inashikilia kuwa haihusiki kwa vyovyote vile.

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Kifo Cha Mende – Sehemu ya Kwanza

Nchi ya Kenya ina sifa nyingi za kipekee. Baadhi yake ni ubingwa katika mashindano ya riadha na vivutio maalum vya utalii. Hivi majuzi, Kenya iliandikisha historia kwa kuwa taifa la kwanza ulimwenguni kuzindua dawa ya kifua kikuu ya watoto inayoyeyuka majini na yenye ladha tamu. Hata hivyo, sifa hizi zimetiwa doa na msururu wa kashfa za ufisadi na ukiukaji wa haki za binadamu.

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Troubleshooting the Next Kenya General Election

Whether held 8 August 2017, some time in December 2017 or even as late March 2018 Kenya’s next General Elections must be free, fair and genuinely credible; anything less would plunge the country back into the dark days of Post Election Violence (PEV) that followed the botched 2007 elections. Since the beginning of January 2016 all attention has been focused on the IEBC; election reforms have been distilled into merely changing the line up of IEBC Commissioners − and its Chairman − which nearly all stakeholders have agreed is a prerequisite for the holding of peaceful elections on 8 August 2017.

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