Stories about Kenya from July, 2006
“Next year will be 25 years since you were shot ruthlessly and left to die in some ditch,” writes Farmgirl to her much-missed father. “Oh just want to tell you that Raila and his cronies plotted the whole coup thing that led to your death…I wish he would say sorry...
“It's odd to quit a job,” writes Kenyan Musings, who just quit hers. “People think you are nuts…but it gets to the point where if you allow yourself to be depleted to the point where your professional tank is empty and you are running on fumes of habit, everybody loses....
4Sheezy wonders what might have happened if she had managed to get a meeting with Bill Gates while he was in Kenya, to talk about his HIV/AIDS work.
What Will the Conference Bring? Says France-based African blogger Le Pangolin, Du 10 au 11 juillet 2006, s'est tenue à Rabat au Maroc, la première rencontre interministérielle euro-africaine sur les problèmes des migrations entre ces deux continents.Elle a regroupé 57 pays africains et européens et certaines organisations humanitaires qui se...
Girl in the Meadow has a few complaints about the performance of Kenyan stockbrokers.
Thinker's Room remembers David Munyakei, “the man who put his neck on the line to blow the whistle on the colossal theft that is the Goldenberg scandal”, who died Sunday evening after a short illness. The corruption racket is estimated to have cost Kenya U.S.$850 million in the early 1990s.
Afrofeminizta is on a job-hunt, sharpening her strategies and wondering how to outperform her competitors. “The search for a new job requires almost a whole separate strategy for handling the emotions it unleashes in you,” she muses.
“Something I think that headaches are a national disease in East Africa,” writes Video journalist. “You cannot go for two minutes on the streets without having some kind of headache relief fired to you.”
Bankelele examines whether or not the granting of more stockbroking licenses by the Kenyan government will simply mean a license to print money for the country's banks.
Korogocho, a slum area of Nairobi, is going online, writes Kenyan Pundit, who also nods in the direction of a “computers for all Nigerians” scheme and a commentary on the use of expat consultants.
Bankelele takes a look at an article that revisits questions that have dogged the controversial Kwale titanium mine project, led by Canadian mining company Tiomin Resources, which signed a financing agreement with the Jinchuan Group, China's largest nickel producer, for C$7.4 million ($6.47 million) this year.
White African talks to talented young developers and mobile phone experts. “We talked at length about the need for a mobile/web payment system that could be used by non-techies and those with little internet access. Basically a mobile/web bank that supplies micro-credit to applicants.”
Bankelele takes a look at the current Kenyan government–much complained about by urbanites over issues of press freedom and corruption–from the point of view of the country's farmers, and finds a slightly different story.
Mentalacrobatics celebrates the second birthday of the Kenyan Blog Webring, with a few facts about the on-line community of bloggers, which comprises 100 female bloggers, 123 male bloggers and 10 group blogs.
Lessons drawn by Le Pangolin from the recent acquisition by Indian-owned steel company Mittal Steel of European-owned Arcelor (Fr): ” Economic actors of developing countries can really change the world if they are so inclined. (…) The West is not invincible.”
What An African Woman Thinks bemoans the disappearance of non-European teams from the World Cup, but calculates that Kenya has a good chance of both hosting and winning the tournament by 2054.
African Bullets and Honey writes: “Politics in Kenya is nothing more than a long-running soap opera. In fact, if there is one thing that more democratic government and a free press have brought Kenyans it is a great improvement in the quality of entertainment,” in a post which asks the...
France-based Togolese Blogger Kangni Alem reflected on homosexuality in Africa recently. Namely, he tackled claims by some on the continent that homosexuality is a heretic religion. In the process, he mentioned recent “outings” of public figures. A debate ensued that involved Martinique's lesbian blogger Le Blog de [Moi] who'd read...