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Education Reforms in Kenya – a Long Term Perspective Required

Tweet Matunda Nyanchama March 8, 2017 “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok, former President of Harvard University Education is fundamental to all development. To achieve intended goals and objectives, it must be tailored to meet the needs of a people. It must shape values, beliefs and strategic national goals that […]

Chaos in Kenyan Schools – Some Considerations for Action

Tweet Matunda Nyanchama October 21, 2016 Kenya witnessed a near-epidemic burning of schools a few months ago. These fires raged across the country and spared neither girls’ nor boys’ schools. It appeared like an equal opportunity phenomenon and (in some cases) copycat acts. A few months earlier, there were reports of blatant display of indiscipline […]

The Desecration of Sanctity – Pathetic Conduct at Funerals

Tweet By Matunda Nyanchama January 14, 2016 A funeral is the final opportunity that family, relatives, friends and community have to say final goodbyes to their deceased loved one. It is supposed to be a solemn occasion to remember the good that the departed did and the impact s/he had on others. It is a […]

Kenya: Beating Corruption in 2016

Tweet By Matunda Nyanchama Happy New Year friends, colleagues, foes and all. May 2016 bring you the achievements you have dreamt of in the past. Let it raise your blessings to greater heights than before. As we start the New Year, let’s pray that, as a nation, we may find greater unity of purpose. Let’s […]

How NOT to Test Emergency Preparedness

Tweet Matunda Nyanchama, PhD December 2nd, 2015 On November 30th, 2015 Strathmore University in Nairobi carried out a mock enactment of a terrorist attack on campus. The ensuing melee and subsequent pandemonium left one person dead and many others injured. This is in addition damages, yet to be assessed and reported, including a soiled brand of […]

May 2015 Fulfill Your Deferred Dreams

Tweet What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?    ~Langston Hughes […]

Some Lessons from Saba Saba Rally 2014

Especially for CORD Leadership by Matunda Nyanchama Tweet Don’t promise more than you can deliver: CORD supporter expectations were high, some even anticipating storming State House or raising an Arab Spring like revolution. It never came to be! And that’s a dent on CORD leadership. Never issue threats where you have no capacity to actualize […]

Aborted ODM Party Elections – A Spectacle in Kenyan Political Theatre

Tweet By Matunda Nyanchama, PhD The Kenyan political scene never ceases to surprise and amuse at any one time. No one can predict the next interesting and entertaining episode. We have had many in the recent past such as the Tower of Babel like government pronouncements about Westgate and the Standard Gauge Rail Project, among […]

Kenya: the Politics of “Half a Loaf” & the Networked

Tweet By Matunda Nyanchama, PhD February 12th, 2014 Let us admit it! Kenyan politics is about eating, not development! It is about nusu mkate (half a loaf) rather than development! It is about the wired rather than the talented! It is about “ME” rather than “US”. Parsing Kenyans’ public discourse is an interesting exercise that […]

An Open Letter to the Kenyan Diaspora

Tweet By Matunda Nyanchama, PhD Dear colleagues, Greetings from ground zero here in Kenya. Lovely country, this one is: good all-year round weather, nice scenery due to near all-year round evergreen vegetation; and on the whole, a land of good people. Our nation is, generally, a place of hardworking people, regardless of vocation, age, gender, […]

Government of Kenya: Storming too Long!

Tweet GoK: Storming too Long! By Matunda Nyanchama November 12th, 2013 One expected that it would take a while before the government settles to deliver. This has been an especially challenging task considering that we are in a new constitutional dispensation, compounded by the myriad interpenetrations of the constitution by various players: members of parliament, […]

Meet Dr Matunda Nyanchama, Nyamira County’s Dream Governor

As Reported in Kenya Today January 27, 2013|Posted in: Politics Dr Matunda in his element; nurturing the youth, helping them understand career choices by sharing success experiences By: Nicholas Otuoma Nyamira County is headed for greater heights; with Dr Matunda Nyanchama leading the gubernatorial race, the county is likely change for the better if he gets […]

Beyond Nyamiranga

Beyond Nyamiranga[1] By Matunda Nyanchama March 30th, 2012 Tweet Click here for a .pdf version of this speech A few years ago, I listened to a fellow Nyamiran speak about the unfolding of his world as a child. In a well-received speech to a graduation ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) Professor Justus Ogembo spoke about […]

You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum! – Response!

Tweet This is my off the cuff response to You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum! – Response by one Field Ruwe We Africans will never get world respect when we go begging all over the world, depend on other people to establish “priorities” for us, and which priorities they fund. A few months ago I spoke […]

Kenya Diaspora Conference 2011

By Matunda Nyanchama October 15, 2011 The recently concluded Kenya Diaspora Conference held in Washington, DC was a watershed moment for the Government of Kenya (GoK) and Kenyan Diaspora. For many of us that have been in this game for a while, this was a pleasant surprise: GoK embracing the Kenyan Diaspora. This is not […]