Politics

EASTERN AFRICA

The future is uncertain as the path to the presidency opens up on both sides of the political divide.

Anybody hoping for politics to quieten down with the advent of a new year will have been roundly disappointed- the first quarter of 2018 has been rocky with the fallout from the election. It’s now 6 months later and things show little sign of quieti...

13 Jan 2018

Cyber security Researcher and former hacktivist Mustafa Al-Bassam says he has uncovered evidence of British Intelligence Agencies covertly monitoring and spying on dissidents and human rights organisations in the run up to the 2013 national elections in Kenya.

Material has emerged which purports to show British spies tracking and identifying Kenyan...

23 Oct 2017

We held our first event with guest speakers to discuss the trajectory of the Kenyan Elections on Friday. A fantastic and insightful discussion was had, and Msomi would like to extend very warm thanks to all of our speakers. We hope to see you all at the next one. You can sign up to our mailing list by clicking on the header at the top of the page i...

22 Apr 2017

Hopes were high when in 2010, the world’s youngest country voted for independence from Sudan. Yet, South Sudan has spent more than half of its short life in civil conflict. Despite repeated efforts to reconcile, interference by elites in the country and the selfish interest of its neighbours interfere with peace efforts. Despite a growing number of...

13 Apr 2017

Interestingly, micro-credit companies have exploded at the same time gambling companies. Could it be that hapless debtors are turning to gambling to repay swollen debts? Under-regulated micro-finance has a track record of wreaking havoc. In India, it led to a spate of face-saving suicides by unsuccessful farmers, who chose drank the very pesticides...

7 Apr 2017

On Friday the 31st of March, a Kenyan police officer brutally shot dead two gang members in Nairobi’s Eastleigh district. Footage of the incident has sent shockwaves through the national and international media. Yet, police killings have a long history in the country and the only surprising thing about this killing was that it was caught on film, i...

17 Mar 2017

We ask two writers what they think about how the world remembers their country's most famous leaders. Idi Amin and Jomo Kenyatta are both controversial figures, each with disconcerting records of violence and corruption; yet the way they are remembered by the rest of the world is quite contrasting. Here, two Msomi writers put forward their view...

10 Mar 2017

...The decision to provide foreign aid is, and has always been, a self-serving policy. Britain gives aid to Africa because it protects British interests in the region. While many would assume there are great benefits to receiving foreign aid, it is often not the case. Developmental aid has clearly benefited some African states, Botswana being a ke...

5 Mar 2017

By blindly assuming that international justice is better than local justice, we fail to consider whether the ideas being applied  are compatible with the society they are trying to help. While its true that liberal values have an international reach, which practically helps the ability to deliver, the priority should be ensuring that the justice wh...

26 Feb 2017

For Kenya, threatening to shut Dadaab was a hefty economic bargaining chip and with elections looming in the summer, Kenyatta opted to cash it in. Luckily enough, the bluff worked both politically and economically.

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Dispatches

Writers from across the continent pitch in with updates and commentaries on happenings in their neck of the woods.

At the same time, the colonial argument can't be taken at face value. There are many Kenyan politicians who are ready to exploit the rhetoric for personal gain-  many of these farmers are sitting...

Kenya is in serious trouble. In recent months, it has seemed as though the country is living day to day by Murphy’s law: “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” 

Every day, Kenyans wake up to more...

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