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Archive for the year 2009

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Metropolitan Nairobi – Some Thoughts on Development

Metropolitan Nairobi – Some Development Suggestions[i] By Matunda Nyanchama [i] Remarks to meeting of Kenyans in Canada and a Kenyan delegation from the Nairobi Metropolitan Ministry visiting Canada. February 2009 Saturday February 28, 2009 The Hon. Elizabeth Ongoro Masha, MP and the Metropolitan Nairobi Ministry Delegation, acting Kenyan High Commissioner to Canada, KCO President and […]

Kenya Post-Election Crimes – The Hague Vs Local Tribunal

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Ontario, Canada February 14, 2009 The Kenyan parliament has voted to send perpetrators of the 2007 post-election violence to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The constitution amendment bill intended to create a local tribunal required two thirds majority to pass and it failed. This is in spite of the […]