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Get rich or die tryin — Treacherous trek to the West
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Politics and Society Get rich or die tryin — Treacherous trek to the West

Africans are leaving the continent in droves. Dashed hopes, unmet aspirations, lose of faith in their governments, botched up elections, mega corruption, theft of public coffers and unbridled poverty, which have led to fatalism and unmitigated Afro-pessimism. These are some of the reasons which are driving Africa’s potential and greatest investment – the indomitable youth – to risk their lives in the hands of ruthless sea merchants.

COVID-19, Two years after
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Politics and Society COVID-19, Two years after

COVID-19’s two year anniversary has been eclipsed by a European war, but the devastating effects of the pandemic are glaring. From strained relationships, loss, painful break-ups to the creation of a new class of nouveaux riche, referred to in Kenya as “COVID-19 billionaires”, the pandemic has had a far-reaching impact. Dauti Kahura reflects.

The Lamenting President
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Politics and Society The Lamenting President

Pres Uhuru Kenyatta retreated to Sagana State Lodge for the fourth time in February to explain the rift with his deputy William Ruto. The Sagana meetings have elicited mixed and jaundiced feelings from Kenyans. Kenyatta has lamented that Ruto is “too risky for the country,” but when did Kenyatta realise Ruto was dangerous for the country? What did he do about it? Apart from endless lamentations?

Going nowhere
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Politics and Society Going nowhere

Outgoing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta turns 61 in October. In Africa, 60 years of age, in presidential terms, is considered to be a toddler – in a continent where presidents have been known to collapse in office. As competition intensifies ahead of Kenya’s next watershed elections on August 9th, Kenyans continue to speculate on Pres Kenyatta’s election gambit and political future.