Support Global Voices

To stay independent, free, and sustainable, our community needs the help of friends and readers like you.

Donate now »

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

Kenya: SMS and politics in Kenya

assidous on SMS and politics in Kenya: “This is an SMS that landed in my cellphone yesterday. I thought i would share it out. It came in Kikuyu and i took time to translate it for you:
TRANSLATION: Hi, how is your day? May the Lord protect you from the devilish things like – disease, thieves, witches, fleas, ticks, lice, bedbugs, weevils and most of all from the ODM party!”


  • Wot, no global warming and GM foods?

    Not to mention the “war on terror”.

  • Most interesting what gets sent around on SMS. As an aside, this website allows you to send SMS and Airtime to any Celtel or Safaricom phone in Kenya.

    For more info, see

  • CB

    The KNCHR issued a report on this subject. Reportedly, SMS and email (over commercial networks, as I understand it at this point) were also used to transmit results from the “constituencies” to the Election Commission in Nairobi. Numbers were magically transformed into different numbers en route, in some cases being pointed to by the EU’s EOM.

Join the conversation

Authors, please log in »


  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.