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  • Kenyan conservationists protest as Chinese company starts work on railway

    , by AFP

    Kenyan conservationists have expressed outrage at the construction of a railway line inside Nairobi’s famed national park, saying this defied a court order halting the project.
    A proposed extension of the Chinese-built railway – Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project since independence – through (...)

  • Kenya: Bunge la Mwananchi movement and its challenges

    , by OKOTH Julius

    Although it remains one of the best known pro-poor social movements in Kenya, Bunge la Mwananchi faces serious internal challenges that hamper its effectiveness in mounting collective action. The problems need urgent attention.
    There is nothing uniquely so human as the meeting of the ordinary (...)

  • Kenya: Citizens hold politicians to account

    , by OKETCH Odhiambo

    In what is possibly ‘the first session of its kind in Kenya’s election history’, Bunge La Mwananchi (People’s Parliament) brought together aspiring candidates for Kamukunji constituency at a forum where people could question their would-be MPs. The ’[t]ime for lethargic service for Political Leaders (...)

  • The terrain of alternative leadership in Kenya

    , by Bunge la Mwananchi

    Developed as a participatory platform in sharp contrast to the general absence of space for political representation in the Kenyan nation, this article traces the history of the Bunge La Mwananchi (Parliament of the People) social movement through its members’ own voice. Set against the backdrop of the intolerant Moi government, Bunge offered a viable alternative to the corruption-riddled and ethno-factional nature of official party politics, and has continued to challenge the excesses (...)

  • Kenya: Bunge La Mwananchi protest February 2008

    , by Pambazuka News

    On 2nd April 2008, Bunge La Mwananchi through its network and Starehe Social Movement notified the officers in charge of Central Police Station, Pangani Police Station and Huruma Police Station of their intention to hold a peaceful procession on 31st May, 2008 starting from Jeevanjee Gardens (...)

  • Violence still threatens after Kenyan peace deal

    , by TALBOT Ann

    President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and opposition leader Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing agreement brokered by former United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan on February 28. Both parties to the agreement expressed the hope that it would bring an end to two months of intertribal violence and (...)

  • Kenya: How Much More of Troubled Times?

    , by VASUDEVAN Parvathi

    Kenya is in turmoil following the contested results of the recently held general elections. International mediation between the parties in conflict will help but serious political and economic reform is a must to end disparities and inequality, which are the root causes of the problem.
    Long (...)

  • Behind the turmoil in Kenya

    , by OLENDE Ken

    The protests and riots that followed the “stolen election” have shown the depth of discontent in a “stable” African country, writes Ken Olende.
    Rioting began in Kenya after sitting president Mwai Kibaki was declared winner in presidential elections on 27 December. Opposition leader Raila Odinga (...)

  • Kenya: No justice, no peace!

    , by OLOO Onyango

    Onyango Oloo Dissects The Wrong-Headed “SAVE OUR COUNTRY” Media Blitz.
    During my 18 year sojourn in Ontario and Quebec, I became quite immersed in a wide array of social justice struggles-from Indigenous People’s rights, anti-globalization, working class struggles, anti-apartheid to anti-racist (...)

  • It is the Kenyan people who have lost the election

    , by MANJI Firoze

    Kenya is entering a protracted crisis. No one really knows who actually won the presidential elections. Given the overwhelming number of parliamentary seats won by the ODM and the dismissal of some 20 former ministers who lost their seats, it seems likely that the presidential results probably (...)

  • Drama of the popular struggle for democracy in Kenya

    , by CAMPBELL Horace

    National elections were held in Kenya on December 27, 2007; the results of the Presidential election were announced three days later. Within minutes of the announcement that Mwai Kibaki had emerged as the winner, there were spontaneous acts of opposition to the government in all parts of the (...)

  • Kenya: Kibaki must back down

    , by BRITTAIN Victoria

    Desmond Tutu was absolutely right to fly into Kenya and throw his moral authority behind efforts to resolve the dramatic crisis that other outsiders are misjudging so badly. British foreign secretary David Miliband, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, secretary general of the Commonwealth (...)