Al Kags

4 years later we still hold our Constitution: the speech I wish president Kenyatta made today

Posted by in Kenyan Politics, Mine, Politics, Society, Thought Leadership, world view

Four years ago today, Kenya promulgated a new constitution. This milestone enshrined in law such important ideals as respect for all persons and their rights, equality for everyone regardless of where they live and transparency. For me, it was sad to see that the day passed with no formal notice by the country. I think the president’s advisors failed him. If I was one, I would have strongly advised that the funeral of his uncle, Dr. Magana Njoroge Mungai (Rest in Peace, great sir) was held tomorrow August 28th. Instead today, I would have…read more

I went to see JFK and thought about honour

Posted by in Thought Leadership, world view

Today, I went to the Arlington Cemetery and visited with John F Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States and paid my respects. While there, I reflected on two issues: honour and legacy. The two are related, in this context. I am still learning about JFK and why he remains the most popular past president of the US. I know, you are thinking about his most popular quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, as what you can do for your country.” It’s apt but I…read more

How sustainable is OGP?

Posted by in Government, Open, Thought Leadership, world view

Having been involved in promoting the Open Government Partnership over the past couple of years in Africa, I have had a couple of experiences that have introduced a nagging worry at the back of my head that has continued to grow. Today, in conversation with colleagues at OpentheGovernment.org, where I am spending my days, the nagging worry codified into a coherent worry. Keep in mind that this is the beginning of the thought and I doubt that it is an original thought at all but I shall tag the gurus in this space –…read more