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.
Since the advent of the multiparty politics in 1991 in Kenya, the Gikuyu Embu Meru Association (GEMA) electorate has always strictly voted for one of its own. The vote is the most coveted. Just a few months to the general election, the poignant question is: Who will the GEMA vote for on the August 9 polls?
Why have the Kikuyu people turned against us? Is a question that must be causing the Kenyattas sleepless nights, just months to the August elections. The family, which had an iron-grip on the political fortunes of the county for decades has lost favour with the once unflinchingly loyal Kikuyus.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is on his way out, with just four months to the most hotly contested succession presidential elections in recent times. As Kenyatta prepares to leave office, his power has drastically waned and the Mt Kenya political leaders now neither fear nor respect him.
A unique art exhibition has been going on in Nairobi’s Lavington posh suburb. The exhibition has been specially curated by Wajukuu Arts Collective.
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.
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?
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.