Author: Mutemi Kiama

Ten years ago, when we promulgated the 2010 Constitution, we were hopeful that we had turned a page from the gross violations of human rights witnessed in colonial and post-colonial Kenya.  There was euphoria of having the most progressive constitution in the world, with the full...

The time for a transformational, pro-people alternative political leadership in Kenya has come. A narrow, extractive political elite has dominated government and state power since independence, but they have underdeveloped our country, including under-developing of all public goods. We do not want the reforms of...

On August 27, 2010, Kenya promulgated a progressive Constitution whose vision is social democracy. It’s a vision of the promotion and protection of the whole gamut of human rights; the equitable distribution of political power and the resources of society; and the creation of a nation out...

For almost the entire period since Kenya’s independence on December 12, 1963, the country’s politics has been organised around divisions: Ethnic, religious, racial, regional, clan and gender, generational, pastoralists versus agriculturalists, and most recently, divisions driven by xenophobia.But after Kenya promulgated a progressive Constitution on August 27,...

Corruption in Kenya is endemic. Institutions, which were designed for the regulation of the relationships between citizens and the State, are being used instead for the personal enrichment of public officials (politicians and bureaucrats) and other corrupt private agents (individuals, groups, and businesses).  This, despite the...

Kenya’s food forecast over the next decades is troubling. It will need more food to cope with a growing population over the next decade. But, as this demand for food surges ahead, the increasing effects of climate change will make food production more difficult. Estimates...

Never before has the country witnessed such a spectacular mismanagement of the economy. Kenya’s public debt has touched a high of Sh8.4 trillion and is quickly racing towards the Sh9 trillion ceiling as the government chalks up more borrowing in its fight against Covid-19. Kenya...

The COVID-19 crisis has drawn attention to the already overburdened public health systems in Kenya, and to the challenges faced in recruiting, deploying, retaining and protecting sufficient well-trained, supported and motivated health workers.  It has created unprecedented disruption for the healthcare industry, forcing hospitals, organisations fighting...

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed vulnerabilities about our education system here in Kenya. While most developed countries moved their classes online with ease, many developing countries have been found wanting, due to a lack of infrastructure, the high cost of data, shortage of well-funded schools,...