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Maandamano Mandamus, But To What End?

My 20s were mostly employed on the political street beat with maandamanos that took place in the agitation for an end to the one-party rule and the clamor for a new constitution in the ‘80s into the ‘90s. Many in our midst were killed, maimed and imprisoned by Daniel...

War Is Failure Of Football

Football or soccer is a strange sport. Put two teams of eleven each and a ball on a pitch, get a few people to watch them as they kick the ball around with the intention of winning by scoring more goals than their opponents, and voila! – you have...

Under Collapsed Buildings, Real People 

As often happens, the collapse of a building in Kasarani was just another trending story, until reports of yet another collapsed building in Ruaka flooded the news cycle and the Kenyan Twittersphere on a rainy Thursday morning. Was it a streak of bad luck, that the gods of construction...

An Alliance Love Story

To celebrate this month of love (listen, it’s still that month), human rights activist Njonjo Mue takes us back to a magical time when he felt the first flutterings of tender teenage love. But first a heads up. ‘Across’ means Alliance Girls High School, located across the valley from...

Niger, An Indictment Against French Neocolonialism 

The recent coup d’etat in Niger that toppled the democratically elected government of president Mohamed Bazoum has highlighted a disturbing trend emerging in several West African countries: the resurgence of unconstitutional means to bring about regime change. In the last three years, there have been military takeovers in Burkina...