Michael Onsando

Protests in Zimbabwe continue despite government ban

Protestors comprising of the elderly, young adults men and women, some of them with babies strapped on their backs and the youth gather in the Africa Unity Square (also known as the Dzamara Square). Itai Dzamara disappeared more than one and half years ago after he launched a one-man demonstration demanding accountability and the resignation of Mugabe.

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Kenya Trudges on, Three Years After Westgate Attack

Today marks three years since the Westgate terror attack that left 67 people dead and scores others injured. Karanja Nzisa, a writer based in Nairobi gives his perspective on what the security agencies have done to avert such attacks.

Sometime last year on an ominous Sunday afternoon, a friend of mine gave me his copy of Dan Reed’s celebrated HBO documentary which chronicles succinctly the terror attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall three years ago today. He assured me of the supreme journalistic quality and educational merits of ‘Terror at the Mall’ as he handed it to me, but I could hear in his voice the unmistakable tinge
of foreboding which I chose to ignore.

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Zimbabwe: Political Alliances and the Flag that Binds

In the 36 years that Robert Mugabe and his ruling party Zanu PF have presided over the affairs of Zimbabwe, it seems the thought of Zimbabweans demanding accountability, true democracy, and good governance never came to mind. The elderly, the disabled, youth and children in Zimbabwe have in the past few weeks been demanding what they claim to be “rightfully” theirs. Although met with brutality and violence, they are still pressing on.

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The Story Behind Co-operative Bank’s Move on Interest Caps

If you walk into most Co-operative Bank branches, chances are that it will take you less than 10 minutes to deposit cash or a cheque into an account. The cash deposit will not be handled by an employee of the bank.

Instead, it will be an agent of the bank receiving the cash and depositing it into an account using a hand-held device similar to the point-of-sale machines used to swipe credit and debit cards in most retail outlets, like coffee houses and petrol stations.

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What you Need to Know About the Banking (Amendment) Bill 2015

The National assembly has passed The Banking (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and sent it to the president of Kenya as required by article 115 of the Constitution of Kenya. This legislative procedure leaves the president with three main options namely, to quickly assent to the bill and ensure that it becomes law, to refer the bill back to parliament by noting any reservations or to stay the issue for 14 days and have the bill pass into law without any comment or direct assent to it.

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Why Elections (Don’t) Matter in Kenya

“If Kenyan politicians were to serve the citizenry as they are when vote-hunting, many Kenyans would not be going hungry or living from hand to mouth.”

Kennedy Ouko, a newspaper vendor, lays this on me with a matter-of-fact tone, so well placed in this very Kenyan of afternoons; it’s hot, matatu touts are yelling, and irritated drivers are pulverizing their horns. We are seated at his newspaper stall along Tom Mboya Street. Once in a while, our conversation is interrupted as Ouko rises from his seat to attend to a customer. They come by in irregular drips, so he has time to lay out what the world looks like from his stoop.

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Six Months of Silence: No Answer Yet About the El Adde Debacle

Today marks six months since the Somali based militant group Al-Shabaab killed dozens of Kenyan Defense Forces troops.  Striking at the crack of dawn, the militant group overran the camp and brutally massacred men in uniform who were mostly in their prime. It was said the attackers carried out an explosion at the gate and what followed was sustained gunfire. The mayhem lasted for hours and some of the KDF soldiers bled to death in the remote, parched hamlet of El-Adde.

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The Officially Sanctioned Procurement Fraud in Kenya

Kenyans are incurring medical expenses which are 30-300% higher than market prices due to the government’s skewed procurement mechanism. The mechanism, known as the Market Price Index model, is not informed by market prices. This has facilitated regular leakage of funds through purchases made at significantly inflated prices.

As a result, there have been exorbitant regional price discrepancies for medical equipment and drugs in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.

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An African Hawking problem too lucrative to fix: Bribery and extortion of Hawkers in Africa.

Ruthless. That is how Jacinta Muthoni, a street vendor in Nairobi, describes City inspectorate officers in Kenya’s capital. For two years, she has been taking medication for an ailing kidney after the officers clubbed her in the abdomen with a truncheon.

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