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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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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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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

Zein Abubakar: There is No Struggle Without Culture

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

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

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