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On the Culture of Reading & Development

On the Reading Culture[1] click here for a .pdf version of this speech. Accept greetings from Canada and my sincere apologies as I cannot be present at this very important event that has to do with our community, and especially on the subject of knowledge. I want to congratulate Kemomo Foundation and the Kenya National […]

Nyanchama Moirongo – A son’s tribute

I stand before you Tata’s eldest son; now the person that has assumed responsibility for this large clan you in front of you.  As an aside, My being Tata’s first son, I suppose was meant to be: my parents had a child (a 2nd child that lived but passed away only a few months into […]

Preserving Culture + Economic Development

Speech read at Abagusii Culture and Development Group (Nyamira North) rally at Ekerenyo, Nyamira;  July 6th, 2011 click here for a .pdf version of this speech Tweet Accept my sincere greetings from Canada, here in North America. This is a great, advanced country in which I have resided for a numbers of years. It is […]

Dear Martha Karua

Click here for a .pdf version of this. Tweet The Hon Martha Karua, MP Chair of NARC-Kenya 2012 Presidential Candidate July 6th, 2011 Dear Martha, I write as a resident of West Mugirango and Nyamira County and extend my welcome to our home and region. I am sure you will enjoy your stay, enjoying the […]

New Scramble for Africa: Are we prepared?

By Matunda Nyanchama, PhD Toronto, Ontario, June 9th, 2011 Tweet Click here for a .pdf version of this article In an article titled “U.S. Companies Race to Catch Up in Africa” James R. Hagerty and Will Connors talk of how American companies are playing catch up in Africa, behind the Chinese that have taken a […]

The Launch of Micii-ini iitu

Toronto, Ontario May 28, 2011 Related Articles Khainga O’Okwemba’s Take in The Star Advert in the Daily Nation Download a .pdf version of this document. Greetings from Canada Let me state that we are very proud of what is happening today: the launch of Micii-ini iitu, an initiative of Marjory Kimani. We are even more […]

Speaking About Kenya – II

On October 13, 2010, I spoke with Denzel Musumba on East Africa Blogtalk Radio; we covered extensive topics with respect to Kenya’s condition, development challeges and solutions thereof. I answered a lot of questions put forth by listeners. Subjects ranged from the hopes for the new dispensation, the Kenyan Community Abroad (KCA) & the role […]

The case for Publishing & (with) Nsemia Inc. Publishers

By Matunda Nyanchama Download the .pdf version of this speech October 1st, 2010[1] “I put forward formless and unresolved notions, as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools, not to establish the truth but to seek it.” – Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. I want to thank Professor Njoki Wane […]

Youth & Democratic Governance

Remarks to Nyamira Youth Workshop August 11, 2010, Nyamira, Kenya Click here for a .pdf version of this speech. Youth in nation-building & community leadership; youth role in electoral process; youth & national leadership; youth & governance I bring you greetings from Canada and the Kenyan Diaspora. Our people in the Diaspora are elated with […]

Corruption Needs Change of Attitude & Credible Crusaders

Corruption in Kenya has become endemic; it permeates society to such a degree it is has grow to be a norm. My sense is that we are not likely to make much progress in the current circumstances, with the current leadership and current thinking where abuse of public office is routine; a rule. Moreover, Kenyan society is very tolerant of corruption and doesn’t treat the vice as repugnant. Indeed, people accept (even applaud) those that enrich themselves illegally through their public offices. Today, if a faithful public servant retired from a position where s/he arbitrated money, fellow Kenyans would ask thus: what does s/he have to show for it?

Nyamira Youth Leadership Workshop

We must be creative lest we perish! By Matunda Nyanchama December 22, 2009 Remarks from the Patron (read at workshop) Click here for a .pdf version of the full speech It is with great pleasure that we launch the inaugural series of workshops focusing on our community and country. These workshops, which will run bi-annually, […]

Justice Ringera & KACC Appointments – The Real Issues

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Ontario September 27, 2009 The real issues on Justice Aaron Ringera’s re-appointment (and that of two others) to lead KACC are (a) the powers of the Executive as laid down in existing law, (b) Judicial  independence, (c) Legislative independence, and (d) Constitutionalism. The matter, now in court, offers a chance for […]

The Reality of Orphans in Rural Kenya

Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 27, 2009 In my last trip home, I visited orphaned children from Nyamira Orphan Project (of which I am part sponsor) as they were about to close school. It was fun seeing them, healthier and jollier than the last time I saw some of them last December. Here they […]

Gusii Diaspora Takes Action on Poor Education Performance in Gusiiland

Arlington, Texas July 4, 2009 Attendees at the 4th Annual Gusii Educational Advancement & Resources (GEAR) have resolved to take action to address the poor performance of schools in Gusii schools in national examinations. Among proposed actions will be the adoption of schools to raise the standards of performance, creating model schools, and investing in […]

Unmaking Tribal Kenya

In February 2008 I wrote “Making of Tribal Kenya”, partly as an attempt to understand the causes and viciousness of the 2007 post-election conflict (see also Kenya: Roots of Post-Election Conflict and Hope for the Future). In it I decried the lack of a national vision of who we are as Kenyans and called for […]