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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, […]

Moreno Ocampo & ICC in Kenya – Cheer with Caution!

Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Ontario, Canada November 8th, 2009 Last week, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo, arrived in Nairobi to a warm welcome by many in the country, including civil society. At last, many Kenyans hope, there may be some action on impunity and especially on those that perpetrated violence in the last elections. […]

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 […]

Kenyan Youth Must Engage in Change for the Right Reasons

Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 1, 2009 United States Ambassador Michael E Ranneberger is calling on, especially on the Kenyan youth, to play their rightful role in the Kenyan political process. Political hopefuls like Jimmy Kibaki and Tony Gachoka seem to be following suit. They realize the power and potential of the youth. This […]

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 […]

Witchcraft & Witch Burning MUST Stop

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Canada. March 24, 2009 This has been a week of outrage on Kenyan Internet chat rooms; it was indignation borne of a grisly incident caught on video of people killing and burning alleged witches in Nyamataro, near Kisii town in Kenya. The human cruelty captured in the video clip is beyond […]

Education, its Value & Examinations – A Perspective

By Matunda Nyanchama Nyamira, Gusii, Kenya. December 27, 2008 Speech to students attending counseling session on examination performance in Nyamira, Gusii, Kenya. Pastor Mouko, convenor of this examination counseling session, fellow panellists, invited guests, examination counselees, ladies and gentlemen. I am pleased to be here today, as part of this distinguished panel on the matter […]

Celebrating African Song & Dance with Umoja – The Spirit of Togetherness

Celebrating African Song & Dance with Umoja – The Spirit of Togetherness By Matunda Nyanchama October 10, 2005 This weekend I had a chance to watch one of the most beautiful displays of African song and dance I have ever seen. The Umoja show ( is on its second Canadian tour, currently running at the […]

Too Much Politics in Kenya; Little Substance Happening!

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto Ontario December 31, 2003 A while ago, Philip Ochieng’ a Kenyan scribe and political commentator lamented that Kenyans seem to politick too much. Journalists, he argued, seemed to hype political events and suggested that journalists’ training was partially to blame. The Kenyan journalism scene is dominated by individuals with social science […]

AIDS Mission to Kenya – Remarks to Kenyan Youth

by Matunda Nyanchama November 9, 2003 Commissioned by Christ Mission to Africa, in one of the strategy documents, aims, and I quote: “… to make a sweeping impact in the local community. It is a fact that the little things that might appear simple to us, are in actual fact of great value to the […]

President Mwai Kibaki’s US Visit & Kenyans Abroad

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto Ontario October 13, 2003 President Kibaki’s tour to America went well, according to sources close to his entourage. In Washington DC., our president was welcomed with pomp to the White House by US President George Bush. According to reports, the welcome was rare in form and accorded to few heads of […]

The Perils of Kenyan Journalism

By Matunda Nyanchama, PhD London Ontario Canada November 14, 1997 My duty, as an interim committee member of the Kenyan Community Abroad (KCA), was simple: liaise with actors in the journalism profession in Kenya to facilitate a function which would honour two Kenyan TV journalists, Vitalis Musebe and Isaiah Kabira. These had been chosen by […]

The Crisis in Zaire

Matunda Nyanchama, PhD London, Ontario, Canada March 18, 1997 The crisis in Zaire continues unabated. Laurent Kabila’s rebel movement now occupies more than one third of the country. It is on a roller coaster aimed at Kinshasha the capital and the overthrow of the country’s ailing president, General Mobutu Sese Seko. The international community’s indifference […]