Stories centred around happenings in Kenya

My Voter Story: Dennis Mbae

Africa Uncensored reporter Dennis Mbae will be voting in a General Election in Kenya for the first time on 8th August 2017. He is among millions of young people who hope their vote will count in the 50+1 arithmetic. In his #MyVoterStory, he explains why the value of a single vote is inestimable.

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My Voter Story: Sheena Makena

In the March 2013 election, the average age of the female voter in Nairobi was 35, and like many other parts of Kenya, there were far more registered male voters than there were female registered voters, with 236,612 more men registered than women. The reasons why there were fewer women on the ballot in Kenya’s most urban county have yet to be discussed. Will the voter register reflect a change this time around? One woman certainly hopes so. This is Sheena Makena-Ngondi’s #MyVoterStory. She will be voting in Nairobi in the upcoming general election.

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My Voter Story: John-Allan Namu

The numbers from the just concluded Mass Voter Registration exercise undertaken by Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission are in. They have registered 3.7 million voters against a target of 6.1 million new voters. Has apathy set in to the mindset of the voter? Today, Africa Uncensored’s John-Allan Namu shares his #MyVoterStory and why he can understand voter apathy.

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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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