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Brian Obara is a lawyer and writer and the Nairobi County Editor for Kenya Monitor.

Kenya accuses Norway of “supporting” terror

In a startling development, a highly placed spokesperson for the Kenyan government has accused Norway of “supporting” terrorist activities in Kenya. Dennis Itumbi, the Director of Digital Communication in the Office of the President, on Monday morning tweeted that Norway’s decision to continue funding Haki Africa, a Mombasa-based NGO, amounts to being on the opposite side of Kenya’s fight against ...

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Election pledges return to haunt MPs

Election pledges made during the run-up to the 2013 general elections have returned to haunt Members of Parliament who have failed to deliver on their promises to voters two years into their term. Kenyan MPs regularly attract the anger of the public for neglecting their duties while, by and by, expecting to be handsomely compensated for it but this is the ...

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Supermarket chain Nakumatt under fire for pricing discrepancies

Kenyan supermarket chain Nakumatt Holdings is under fire from Kenyans on social media over concerns that it is cheating customers out of their hard earned money by under-pricing goods on the shopping aisle shelves and quoting a different, higher price at the point of payment. The pile-on against Nakumatt started when several irate customers shared their experiences of being overcharged ...

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Raila fights “analogue” tag with new website

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is aiming to put some distance between himself and the “analogue” label with the launch of a new, spiffy website that will rebrand him as a leader with his eye on the future. Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila’s main opponent in the 2013 polls, inflicted a mortal wound on the CORD leader’s campaign by casting him as ...

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The future of news: The world as you want to see it

My favorite story as a kid was the tale of the Blind men and the elephant. If you have never heard it, let me give you the skinny. A king beloved by his subjects for his wisdom asked six blind men to determine what an elephant looks like by feeling different parts of the animal’s body. The blind man who felt the ...

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Kenyans roast President Uhuru Kenyatta on twitter

Kenyans on twitter aren’t giving President Uhuru Kenyatta a break. The president made several controversial parastatal appointments on Monday and three news cycles later, some Kenyans are giving him grief about it on twitter. Those opposed to the appointments have used the hashtag #SendUhuruHome to convey their displeasure with the usual mixture of humour and acerbic wit. The only way ...

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Ivory seizer suggests Kenya police involved in poaching

In a stunning development, it has emerged that part of the 3 tonne ivory haul seized in Thailand earlier this week included pieces of ivory that were previously in the custody of the Kenyan police as evidence. Pattaymail.com, a Thai news outlet, quoted Gen Dapong Rattanasuwan, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, saying authorities had previously seized some of ...

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Imara Daima residents fear being poisoned in their sleep

Residents of Nairobi’s Imara Daima area are living in fear of being poisoned in their sleep by a nearby factory that emits pungent smelling gas at night. The residents are also up in arms over what they feel is incompetence and a lack of responsiveness from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) over the agency’s failure to take action on their ...

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Richard Leakey has his work cut out for him as KWS Chairman

Dr Richard Leakey, the new Kenya Wildlife Services chairman, has his work cut out for him. Of the 302 parastatal appointments made by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, Leakey occupies the office that perhaps has the brightest spotlight on it given the clear and present danger that poaching currently poses to Kenya’s wildlife population. The reality of this challenge was ...

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Kenyans try to be positive amid the gloom of scandal

Two news stories early this week brought home just how much Kenya is mired in scandal. On Sunday night KTN aired two documentaries that revealed how unscrupulous foreign investors had conspired with prominent politicians and government officials to set up a lead smelter near a slum in the Changamwe area of Mombasa thereby poisoning residents and heaping more misery on ...

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Binyavanga Wainaina takes on Safaricom

Award winning Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has gone on a no holds barred twitter rant against the country’s biggest mobile service provider Safaricom accusing it of abusing its position as a virtual monopoly. In a tirade sprinkled with some unprintable words of the F-word variety, the celebrated author of the memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place lambasted ...

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Madness ensues as rains pound Nairobi

There have been chaotic scenes on the streets of Nairobi on Monday morning after rains pounded the city for much of Sunday evening. Nairobians trying to get to work found themselves having to contend with flooded roads as a result of the city’s ineffective drainage system’s inability to keep up with the overnight deluge. The Sunday night rains appear to ...

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Nairobi’s boda boda thieves

Nairobi has always had been prone to crime waves but the latest trend of robberies carried out by men on bikes popularly knows as boda bodas has everyone worried. The boda boda thieves appear to be particularly fond of robbing motorists and usually operate in groups of three with one staying on the bike as the other two – guns ...

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Martha Karua to the army: keep off politics

Former presidential candidate Martha Karua has warned Kenya’s army and intelligence units not to interfere with the country’s politics and instead focus on making the country safe. Karua, who vied for the presidency on a NARC-Kenya ticket in the 2013 elections, made the comments during a forum held at the Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, headlined ““Rethinking Election Management in Kenya.” ...

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Who is a patriot?

On Sunday activist Boniface Mwangi posted a photo of a crippled beggar crawling on all fours in front of Kenya’s parliament building. A beggar crawls past Kenya’s house of greed pic.twitter.com/kW3Ghx0Vp5 — Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) April 18, 2015 Then twitter went kaboom! A group of outraged twitter users pounced taking issue with Mwangi’s post. Leading the charge was Njeri Atieno ...

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