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Archive for the year 2007

The Kenyan Diaspora Agenda – Address in Toronto

The Kenyan Diaspora Agenda[1] By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Ontario, November 10, 2007 The Honourable Minister for Livestock & Fisheries, Joseph Munyao Your Excellency, the High Commissioner of Kenya to Canada, Prof. Judith Mbula Bahemuka and esteemed High Commission Staff Mr. Ben Ondoro, President of the Kenyan Community in Ontario The Kenyan delegation from the Ministry of Livestock […]

Civic Versus Ethnic Nationalism

This article was first published in 1998. It remains relevant in the lead up to the Kenyan elections. Matunda Nyanchama, PhD April 6,1998 Here is something to ponder. James McPherson, an expert on the US Civil War and history professor at Princeton University, distinguishes two forms of “nationalism”, i.e. “civic nationalism” and “ethnic nationalism”. These […]

Post-Kanu Kenya & The Way Ahead – republish

Core Elements for Fundamental Change in Kenya for the 21st Century 2003 KCA Conference, Jersey City, New Jersey; July 4-7, 2003 By Matunda Nyanchama[2] Last December, our country underwent a landmark transition. In the 2002 elections, our people spoke with one voice. With that, they delivered the message of change. And for the first time […]

Talking Ideas Past the Din Ethnic Politics

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Ontario Canada August 27, 2007 In the past month we have had ongoing conversations with a number of colleagues that are gunning for parliamentary seats in the coming elections. Discussions have centred on the place of ideas. The issue in question is that of selling ideas in a political culture dominated […]

Gusii Education Advancement Resource – GEAR – Launch

Gusii Education Advancement Resource – GEAR – Launch The Way Forward Matunda Nyanchama Minneapolis, Minnesota June 30, 2007 A year ago, we gathered here on a day that coincided with MKIDA (Minnesota Kenya International Development Association) Graduation Gala; we had participants from across North America: Ohio, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ontario (Canada) and from here in […]

The Kenyan Community Abroad (KCA) @ 10 Years of Age – Some Reflections

The Kenyan Community Abroad at Ten Years of Age – A Refection By Matunda Nyanchama Founding President of KCA July 7, 2007, Newark, Delaware, USA Madame President Mkawasi Mcharo Hon Hon Obwocha, Minister for Economic Planning Hon. Munya, Assistant Minister for Internal Security Prof Makau Mutua, Dr Shem Ochuodho, 2007 KCA Award recipient Distinguished guests […]

Kenya: Of Political Visions & Promises

Of Political Visions & Promises By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto Ontario Sunday, May 13, 2007 The plethora of visions we have heard from presidential contenders is healthy for our politics. Ideas from candidates should generate debate and engage Kenyans more. Such debates are important as we consider the possibilities of what the country could be, what […]

Of the Kenyan Diaspora and Kenyan Economic Growth

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto Ontario April 7, 2007 It is said that Kenyans abroad remit close to $1 billion annually. These remittances, it is also reported, is second only to tourism as a foreign exchange earner for the country. The remittances have served the country in many ways including helping offset the country’s current account […]

ODM-Kenya House – Start at the Foundation

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto Ontario Saturday, March 17, 2007 ODM-Kenya House – Start at the Foundation Recent happenings at the Orange Democratic Movement Kenya (ODM-Kenya) party suggest all is not well within the leadership ranks. This is especially with respect to the competition for the top prize in the party: the presidential torch bearer’s spot […]

He who pays the piper calls the tune

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto Ontario February 12, 2007 The Kenyan parliament should move quickly to pass the proposed political parties bill, which among others provides for tax payer funding forpolitical parties. The bill’s passing will offer a life-line for Kenyanpolitical parties and (hopefully) prepare the country for a more stableparty system than we have seen […]

He who pays the piper calls the tune

He who pays the piper calls the tune By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto Ontario February 12, 2007 He who pays the piper calls the tune The Kenyan parliament should move quickly to pass the proposed political parties bill, which among others provides for tax payer funding for political parties. The bill’s passing will offer a life-line […]

Of Opinion Polls & Politicians – Stop Shooting the Messenger!

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Canada January 5, 2007 It has become a predictable trend in Kenya whenever an opinion poll is released. Those favoured by the poll will harp about it as if they have won already, especially where it pertains to political support. On the other hand, those not favoured by the poll seem […]