Stories centred around happenings in Kenya

Nobody is beyond redemption: A confessed criminal’s journey to hell and back

“I’ve done all that shit.”

40-year old Steve Kyenze’s matter-of-fact response to me as I shoot questions at him about his past. Specifically, whether he has been in prison. Whether he has served time in prison. Was he addicted to drugs? What’s the worst crime he committed?

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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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Bulla Karatasi Massacre: The Ethiopian Connection

Was there an external hand in what befell Garissa residents in November 1980? Read More

Punda Bibi Mwenzangu

Maisha ya baadaye ya punda nchini Kenya yamegubikwa na giza. Sheria iliyopitishwa na serikali ya Kenya mwaka 1999 ikiidhinisha ulaji wa punda inatishia kuwaangamiza punda wote. Hali hii imechangiwa pakubwa na uwepo wa biashara ya punda nchini Kenya. Biashara hii ni sehemu ya mtandao mkubwa wa biashara ya ngozi ya punda inayoendeshwa na nchi ya Uchina duniani. Nini itakuwa hatima ya punda na wanaomtegemea maishani? Read More

Crisis in an Oasis

Turkana county in northern Kenya hosts the country’s largest aquifer. Discovered in the Turkana and Lotikipi basins, the aquifer was expected to benefit the local community which comprises nomadic pastoralists. Read More

Raila-Uhuru Handshake: One Year On

The image of a smiling President Uhuru Kenyatta and an equally beaming opposition leader Raila Odinga on the steps of the president’s Harambee House office on a sunny March morning a year ago is one that will be played over and over again as the consequences of that now-famous handshake reverberate across Kenya’s political landscape. Read More

Righting the Wrongs: What Next for the Bulla Karatasi Community?

It is 4 decades since the Bulla Karatasi massacre happened. With little being done to bring to book those alleged to be responsible for the killing of possibly thousands of ethnic Kenyan Somalis living in Garissa at that time, what is next for a community that is trying to be at peace with itself and the country it calls home? Read More

My Cancer Story

With over 30,000 Kenyans succumbing to cancer every year, 10 times the number of deaths caused by road accidents, the dreaded ailment has proven to be a thorn in the flesh of many a Kenyan family. Many deplete all their resources while seeking treatment, which doesn’t come cheap thanks to the facilities required which are hard to come by in public health institutions. Read More

The Burning Question: Will Nairobi’s Never-ending Fires End?

In what has become something short of an odd tradition, every year, traders at one of the region’s largest markets, Gikomba, and residents of low-income areas across the city of Nairobi brace themselves for what appears to be an endless occurrence of unexplained fires. Read More

Surviving the Attack on 14 Riverside, Nairobi

Nairobi at 14 Riverside Drive, in their own words. Read More

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