Elizabeth II is celebrating 60 years of her reign of the United Kingdom and its 15 territories. I have no real idea how this affects me – certainly it has not direct bearing in my life that I can see, but I, like many Kenyans and Africans have a certain connection to the throne of…Details
I am sitting in at Ataturk Airport in Turkey on an eight-hour overlay. I am headed to Chisinau, Moldova (Its a small Eastern European country that used to be part of the USSR in the bad old days). Today, Moldova is trilblazing in many areas of development. Certainly, right now, its at the fore front…Details
It really has been a long time since I last blogged. So as I start again, lets get you caught up on whats been up Nowadays, I ride a bicycle to work and back – when it isn’t raining. I was inspired to do so during a recent trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Everyone rides there…Details
Whether one liked him or not, Hon. John N. Michuki had one admirable reputation. He worked hard, was clear about his own beliefs and stood firmly for them and spoke his mind clearly. You knew where he stood on an issue, whether you liked it or not. I want to be like that. To have…Details
On 28th of February, I will stop what I am doing at 1pm, and together with many other Kenyans, sing the national anthem. For one minute and fourtyeight seconds, I will sing and remind myself of my responsibility to this great Nation to which I owe my heritage. Last year, when we proposed to sing…Details
A close friend of mine this morning sent me this message, which I post here verbatim: “Jana I was at a house party celebrating someones promotion decent people in decent positions. Conversations swing to politics and we share opinions then we drift to tribalism two of the most decent people on the table let lose…Details
Kenyan media owners and open governance advocates resolved this week to urgently establish a national task force to promote data-driven journalism. The industry-led task force will explore practical ways for the media to tap into the government’s pioneering Kenyan Open Data Initiative (KODI), as well as pilot practical projects in newsrooms that seek to improve the quality of…Details
After what is billed the loudest internet protest in history, the highly controversial SOPA and PIPA bills, that were due to be voted on last week, have been shelved. US Senator Harry Reid and Representative Lamar Smith both announced that they would withdraw their bills to allow further discussion. It is true that the two…Details
I am saddened that my first post of 2012 is a dismayed one, but I am so surprised and dismayed that I must post this. Stephan Magdalinski, the CEO of Mocality has posted a very serious charge that Google has been scraping its database, baiting and selling web sites to businesses on Mocality’s directory. Ordinarily,…Details
Popular blogger and techpreneur, Moses Kemibaro is now the Director of Sales at InMobi Africa, the mobile ads company, joining Isis Nyong’o. Moses shocked people in the techspace when he decided to leave Dottsavvy Africa for Dealfish (a South African owned classifieds outfit). By the time he left, Dealfish is now second by way of…Details
Gideon Mbuvi, alias Sonko, the MP of Makadara is a buffoon. He is not the first Buffoon that Africa has seen and he is certainly not good at it. To be clear, if buffoonery was an industry, Sonko is no more than a novice.
I hear on Kiss 100 that normally, Sonko gets to parliament in his blingage, changes into a suit, and gets into chambers. Then he changes back to his street fashion. Not so yesterday. Yesterday, Sonko decided that he couldn’t be bothered to go through his routine and just put on his suit over his bling and in the place of his formal dress pants, kept his side pocket khakis on. Speaker Kenneth Marende understandably almost bust a gut and ordered him out and banned him from parliament buildings and his continental building offices. I share in Marende’s utter disgust.
Let us place the responsibility of this buffoon in the right place. The people of Makadara elected this chap from absolutely nowhere? What does this say about them as a community?
I am angry. Who does this man represent? How does he represent is constituency? How really is he bringing change to his constituency? By leading young people on a rampage punching walls, clearly high? Is there a single parent anywhere in the world who tells their child to look up to Sonko? Is there a single motion that anyone can show that Sonko contributed to in a significant fashion, let alone drive?
This man does not represent me in any capacity – certainly not as a young person. Young people in Kenya need to beware: the longer such characters who have questionable morals, no respect for anyone, no appreciation of process and certainly no real leadership qualities, the longer we shall be kept away from leadership.
Can we get serious and send this fellow back to the oblivion he came from? Can the Makadara constituents get very serious with their lives and use the constitution of kenya to recall the character?
Or can someone slap some sense into the bugger? Anyone?
I have today become aware of a case that has been filed in court by Paul Muite and others against a political activist, Moses Kuria. In the case, Mr. Kuria is sued for defaming Paul Muite, Njonjo Mue and others, saying that they may have perverted the cause of justice in the post election violence…Details
I said yesterday that, I am likely to have more to say as part of the discussion started by Nathaniel Heller of Global Integrity Commons, wherein he wondered whether Open Data is a good idea for the Open Government Partnership. Of course, I hold that it is a necessary component of any truly open government.…Details
This week, as the world went through its annual routine of holding the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, a very significant global milestone was achieved: 38 governments of the world made known their strong explicit intention to adopt principles of Open Government in anew partnership called the Open government Partnership. Kenya, I am…Details
I’m sorry, I am completely unable to feel distraught or more than passively chagrined by the unfortunate events at Sinai slum in Nairobi. I am a little annoyed with the government and Kenya Pipeline Company because I hear (and I really haven’t read much about that incident) that the pipeline in question is 10 years…Details
Today, I have been thinking a great deal about Open Data and the value that would – or should (or maybe must) be assigned to Open Government Data. This is especially because dealing with government officials in Africa, I have found myself needing to make justification for Open Government Data by showing value to them…Details
I intensely dislike Soap Operas – revise that: I hate soap operas. I do not understand why tele-novellas are popular in this region. In fact, I tend to feel my braincells dying every time I watch them. But, my friend Alison Ngibuini has been working on one that I have a feeling is a real…Details
Should we consider whether the project was ill-concieved? Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka is an unfortunate man at many levels. Not only has he found himself with challenges of credibility on numerous occasions – not least of which is the adventure of touring African countries trying to dissociate Kenya from the ICC prosecution by Louis…Details
Boy, it has been an eventful decade since “the second liberation”, hasn’t it? President Mwai Kibaki is coming on to the sunset of his presidency and perhaps his 5-decade long political career. In his portfolio as he retires to his 1000 acre Sasini Estate farm in Mweiga, Nyeri will be a legacy unmet by his…Details
I have recently been reawakened to the fact that the world is changing – at far more profound ways that I was aware of when I took my sabbatical from the information world in 2006. The major catalyst to this realisation was that I was roped in recently to work intimately on the development and launch…Details
It has been a while since I last blogged. While I was away, I have done important things: First, I went back into the private sector from a two-year stint in the civil society and a previous two-year stint in government. These past four years have been ultra-useful to me – I have learnt a…Details
Today the new Chief Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga, only one week old at the helm of the Judiciary signed up on Twitter and Facebook, rounding off the week in a now-characteristic refreshing way. His foray into social media is refreshing because of the usually ultra-conservative nature of his predecessors and his peers around the world.…Details
I yesterday posted a disturbed email to a listserve called ConcernedKenyanWriters and an interesting discussion ensued that helped me to clarify my position on the question of men and boys development in society today. Because of its importance, I have unilaterally decided to publish the discussion – I won’t mention the names of the people…Details
Its been a while since I blogged. During this period of silence I have been pondering a whole bunch of critical questions. These include:- 1. As the Connected Kenya conference came to an end a couple weeks back, what is the next frontier/ task for ICT? What is the main priority? We have accomplished Backbone,…Details