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The Associates, Kenya: Stella’s web

By Purity Mukami

Connecting to government, raking in millions

Elgeyo Marakwet, a county in Kenya’s Rift Valley, is a drought-stricken region. Over sixty percent of its citizens -mostly poor farmers- depend on unsafe water from rivers and wells, or are forced to buy water from vendors when these run dry.  Generally, only sixteen percent of people have tap water here; in some areas this percentage is less than two. After years of calls to improve water supply in the area, the government, in 2017, finally seemed to listen and provided two dam projects that were to produce hydroelectric power and water for irrigation.

Then three things happened.

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The Associates

Their African way: The business associates who help the kleptocrats 

African Investigative Publishing Collective and ZAM: David Dembélé (Mali), Theophilus Abbah (Nigeria), Charles Mafa and John Mukela (Zambia), T. Kaiwonda Gaye* (Liberia), Estacio Valoi (Mozambique), Purity Mukami with Africa Uncensored, Kenya

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Zein Abubakar: There is No Struggle Without Culture

How does our culture shape our worldview in this day and age? Read More

Pan-Africanism Today

Is Pan-Africanism today any different from the brand of Pan-Africanism that we know Marcus Garvey and other black activists of their day for? What is the place of young people in today’s Pan-African movement? Read More

History of Pan-Africanism with Brian Kagoro

Celebrated Pan Africanist, Brian Tamuka Kagoro recently gave a lecture on 21st Century Pan-Africanism. He took his audience through the complicated history of Pan Africanism to this defining moment for the global fight for black dignity.

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The Profiteers: Hope and Despair Among Refugees

In the course of filming our investigative documentary, #TheProfiteers, our team visited a refugee camp in northern Uganda that harbours some of the 2.4 million South Sudanese who have fled their country since the war started. This brought them face to face with the effects of the country’s long-running civil war that has seen school enrollment in Orinya Primary School go up by a whopping 900%. Read More

Bobi Wine: I Left My Comfort to Bring Change in Uganda

Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known by his artistic stage name Bobi Wine, has been in the news in recent months because of his fierce criticism of President Yoweri Museveni’s repressive regime that has, for years, narrowed Uganda’s democratic space. Read More

The Profiteers

For over 200 years, the South Sudanese have known two words: war and plunder, centuries of enslavement by Northern Sudan and Egypt, colonization and deliberate under-development by the British and a further half a century of turmoil post the greater Sudan’s independence from Britain in 1956. Read More

Africa’s Troubling External Debt

Institute of Economic Affairs CEO Kwame Owino has previously told us that Kenya overloaded on debt by borrowing heavily from outsiders – through several sovereign bonds as well as through loans from foreign governments. What’s the situation like in Africa? He explains in this last segment of John-Allan Namu’s detailed conversation with him. Read More

The Gambia After Yahya Jammeh: The Journey Towards Healing

On January 21st, 2017, with mounting pressure from the international community and regional body ECOWAS, Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh announced on state television that he was stepping down. Read More

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