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Raila Odinga has an equal chance of winning the Presidency as Uhuru Kenyatta

By Joe Khamisi “We will not settle for perfunctory peace that is disrupted every five years by an election cycle, Uhuru Kenyatta confidently remarked at his first-term inauguration on 10 April 2013. “Rather, we are calling and working towards a permanent peace… A peace that fosters unity.”

Zimbabwe’s Uncle Bob trudges on despite ridicule and failing health

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi If there is one African leader who has persistently been vilified, decisively eviscerated by opponents, gleefully caricatured by cartoonists and habitually “killed” by social media psychopaths, that leader is Robert Gilbert Mugabe.

Kenya’s political ‘titanic battle’ only a year away

By Joe Khamisi After the weekend of political jamborees, defections, financial wastages, hyperboles, and sideshows, the race for the 2017 general elections in Kenya has begun in earnest.

Tanzania’s Magufuli must abandon isolationism and join the rest of the world

Emmanuel Herman/Reuters   By Joe Khamisi Almost a year after Pombe Magufuli took over leadership, questions are arising as to where he is taking Tanzania, one the most respected countries in Africa.

Oil: Will Kenya be a victim of the ‘African Curse’?

By Joe Khamisi Less than one year from now Kenya will be exporting its first barrel of oil.

Warlords, please leave South Sudan alone!

Camille Lepage   By Joe Khamisi  If reports from Juba are to be analyzed objectively, South Sudan, dubbed Africa’s youngest nation, may be on the verge of a fresh ethnic conflagration and possible economic collapse.

State communicators are letting Uhuru Kenyatta down

AP photo   By Joe Khamisi  For any government to be understood by the governed and for information to flow seamlessly through a bureaucracy, effective communication is of extreme necessity.

Africa, Be Wary Of Imported Fast-Food Habits

Khalil Senosi/AP   By Joe Khamisi  Africa could be at risk of a deadly onslaught from a new lifestyle enemy: fast food.

Model US Party Conventions an eye opener to Africans

AP photo   By Joe Khamisi  Observing in close proximity the US Republican Party Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Democratic Party jamboree in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I could not but admire the way electoral democracy works in the world’s most diverse country.

The African Passport: Another feather in the AU’s cap

Xinhua photo   By Joe Khamisi  It started in East Africa. Now, the idea has gone continental and pundits have their ears and eyes open to find out whether it will succeed or go the way of many other African projects.

Please don’t call me ‘Third World’

By Joe Khamisi  I get furiously disgusted when I hear people using the term “Third World” in reference to poor, less developed countries like mine. This is a term peddled loosely by toms, dicks, and harrys in the so-called “developed” countries to despise, insult, and degrade young nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, that are […]

“We Want To Go Home,” say “traumatized” African-Americans

By Joe Khamisi  When I arrived in the United States for the first time in the late 1960s, Richard Nixon was the President, Martin Luther King Jr. was dead, and American cities were embroiled in street riots by blacks angered by high levels of unemployment, poverty, and social discrimination.

The ‘Silly Season’ of Politics has started in Kenya

Dai Kurokawa/EPA   By Joe Khamisi  Is this the silly season in Kenya’s political scene? It looks that way given the circus that is playing out almost a year before the general elections.

Africa political opposition groups in limbo

Dai Kurokawa   By Joe Khamisi  The role of the opposition in democracies all over the world is to question the government of the day and to hold it accountable. Thus, opposition parties require space, freedom, and opportunities to allow them time to prepare alternative programmes in readiness for the day they would take over.

Is Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania a threat to Kenya?

By Joe Khamisi When I worked in Dar-es-Salaam as chief editor of the Express and then the Business Times in the late 1990s, John Pombe Magufuli, now the President of Tanzania, was just a junior minister in Benjamin Mkapa‘s government.

What Does Kenya’s Oppositionist Raila Odinga Really Want?

By Joe Khamisi This week I took the trouble to obtain and read the report of the subcommittee on African Affairs of the US Senate on what transpired in Kenya in 2007/2008. Titled “The immediate and underlying causes and consequences of Kenya’s flawed election,” the report is based on the hearings that took place on […]

Rigging claims (and violence) in US primaries music to Africans

By Joe Khamisi Anyone who lives in this free-flowing information planet knows the American presidential polls will be held this year, Tuesday, 8 November. They also know that primaries have been going on for the whole of this year with the two main political parties, the Republican and Democratic parties, battling to attract the attention […]

Kenya: We Talk Or We Perish

Reuters   By Joe Khamisi One does not need a crystal ball to see how fast Kenya is spiraling downwards into self-annihilation. Only nine years ago thousands of Kenyans lost their lives, and many have remained displaced even today, as a result of malignant greed for power that appears to be the hallmark of politicians.

Tuck Magazine 2015

  Tuck Magazine had a record breaking 2015, publishing an increased number of articles as each month progressed, easily surpassing the achievements of the year before.

Raila must grieve but his troops must not be left rudderless

  By Joe Khamisi Towards the end of his biography: ‘Raila Odinga, An Enigma in Kenyan Politics’, Nigerian author Babafemi A. Badejo, dedicates seventeen pages of testimonies to the Kenyan opposition leader that were sourced from interviews with relatives, friends, politicians and former detainees.

2015 is likely to be an extremely difficult and divisive year for Kenyans

  By Joe Khamisi Until December 31, 2014, my spirits were high that 2015 would be a year of notable political tolerance, a year in which Kenyan people would scale down their ethnic exchanges, enjoy the fullness of the constitution and work collectively to deal with increased insecurity and other challenges.

Why Kenyans would like to forget 2014

  By Joe Khamisi In a few days time we’ll bid 2014 goodbye, and for many Kenyans, it will be good riddance.

By second guessing on the Anti-Terror law, could the US be interfering in Kenya’s internal affairs?

  By Joe Khamisi The usually friendly but fragile relations between the United States and Kenya turned lukewarm this past week when the two countries appeared to differ on matters of security.

Do you want to be famous in Kenya? Just break the law

  By Joe Khamisi When Paul Ngei emerged from detention as a free man in 1961 along with Jomo Kenyatta, Kungu Karumba, Fred Kubai, Achieng Oneko, and Bildad Kaggia, he proudly spotted a hat with a makeshift sign that carried the initial P.G. Those initials, Ngei explained, stood for “Prison Graduate.”

Kibera slum constituency in Nairobi now a political game changer

  By Joe Khamisi Kibera, the sprawling slum town on the outskirts of Nairobi, has had the notorious reputation as a crime ridden neighbourhood with one of the highest youth unemployment rates and one of the most decrepit environments in the country.

Kenya: Where is the evidence of extrajudicial killings of Muslim clerics?

  By Joe Khamisi Heads should and must roll following the highly damaging documentary this week by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network.

The real nightmare is just beginning for Ruto and Sang at the Hague

  By Joe Khamisi Three years ago Kenya was in a state of shock after the indictment by the Hague based International Criminal Court (ICC) of six Kenyans accused of crimes against humanity.

Be aware Nkaissery, what happened to Ole Lenku could happen to you

  By Joe Khamisi Unless something unthinkable happens – either he turns down the appointment or Parliament refuses to approve – Joseph Nkaissery is certainly headed to the Office of the President as the second Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordinator of the National Government.

The Tetanus Vaccine Controversy: Kenya should suspend the campaign

  By Joe Khamisi When the HIV first surfaced in the early 1980s, a finger was pointed at chimpanzees in West Africa as the source. That theory was given much credence by scientists at the Fourth International Conference on the HIV/AIDS in Sweden in 1988, which I attended.

Leave our women alone to wear what they want

  By Joe Khamisi One would have expected that two weeks after the first shameful act of woman-stripping in Nairobi, scores of people would be cooling their heels at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. But no!