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12 February 2017 » Silaha

I'm copying this here because I don't ever want it to disappear. I am not the author -- who I believe is Charles Chanchori on Facebook. What a great story. I hope to see the movie one day.*******************************Around Nairobi in One Night*February 7, 2017. 22:49h. Hurlingham, Nairobi.I have just dropped a young lady off at "The Hood" when the request comes through. An unwanted request because I wanted to go home after dropping this client off.Before I go too far, let me dispense with...

11 March 2013 » Silaha

Musings rattling around in my brain after a pretty intense week:How can the IEBC, which was responsible for tallying the votes, be the arbiter of whether the election was "free and fair"?Did the media, "especially the local media", abdicate from its responsibility to protect public interest as the "fourth estate"?*Why is it near impossible to get voting data at the polling station level in spreadsheet/database format to allow all interested persons to form their own opinions about fairness or...

05 March 2013 » Silaha

OK folks, don't eat me alive (or do backflips)... I have been playing with data (I love data) from the Mars website, and it appears to me that with these three critical assumptions -- (1) that the provisional results reported are accurate, (2) that the county results reported are representative of the county as a whole, and (3) that the turn out in all counties is the same, then:The worst Uhuru could end up with is 50.28% and the best Raila could end up with is 45.70%. Wow, UK has clearly won...

15 February 2008 » Silaha

One of the things that has perennially bothered me about the way we do things in Kenya is that we seem to have a horizon of only about a week and a half. Kibaki's reneging on the MOU was probably about the most short sighted thing I ever saw -- did he think that he would be in power for ever. On the other hand, Raila's campaign to overturn the proposed constitution which -- and I did read it myself -- was far superior to our current constitution, was based primarily on trying to prove a point...

10 February 2008 » Silaha

I am a sporadic blogger at best. I only write when I feel that I have something to say. So my apologies to you folks who regularly visit to see if I have anything new to share.I recently posted about Cyrus Jirongo's amazing and exemplary behavior in actively dissuading his constituents from hating on the Gikuyu in their area. That one posting has resulted in the most hits to my blog to date. Clearly Kenyans are earning to read about their compatriots who are making a difference in a...

31 January 2008 » Silaha

This just in...Ainamoi MP David Kimutai Too has been shot dead by a traffic policeman in West Indies estate in Eldoret.

31 January 2008 » Silaha

Cyrus Jirongo has been setting a great example for all our leaders. Read these two stories and ask yourself why your MP has not been demonstrating such exemplary leadership.This has been going around in email.In the midst of the hopelessness that we have watched helplessly, there are rays of hope.This morning at a meeting, a friend who is Kikuyu but was born and brought up in Lugari (an area where the Kalenjin and several dialects of Luhya are dominant and borders Eldoret), shared withus a...

30 January 2008 » Silaha

I worry that voices of moderation are disappearing as this crisis drags on. Here is a log of an instant message chat I had with a Gikuyu colleague of mine who is in Kenya. He is truly a progressive moderate -- or at least he was until December 30, 2007. When I read this I worry and I fear for our country. Where have all the sane people gone?HIM: Luos must go.ME: Nonsense.HIM: We don’t need them I am convinced of that.ME: You should not say that, we do need them. They are as Kenyan as the...

30 January 2008 » Silaha

Melitus Mugabe Were. Shot dead at 39.Were, a newly elected Member of Parliament for Embakasi, was the founder and director of Villa Teag Center for Orphans in Dandora. He is pictured alone and with his brothers who are also philanthropists (the deceased is on the left).What has our country come to when we kill such honorable men?Source: Soulfari Kenya website

30 January 2008 » Silaha

I am astounded that so many people in the blogosphere are steadfastly holding to the claim that Kibaki is solely responsible for all that has befallen Kenya since December 27th. I find that a naive and simply untenable view.Gikuyu were going to die in North Rift irrespective of the outcome of the election. How on earth can Kibaki be responsible for the arming and organizing of these Kalenjin thugs? Why are we not holding Ruto responsible for his actions, or at the very least those of his...

28 January 2008 » Silaha

Since the beginning of this fiasco I have watched many news reports and I have been wondering why the security forces are not disarming those people walking down the streets with machetes? What else could these thugs be using those weapons for if not to hack fellow Kenyans to death.Then the security forces themselves are acting in an unacceptable manner. I am sure we have all seen the shocking footage of the policeman executing the "Man in Black". Simply shocking, but in my mind simply a...

28 January 2008 » Silaha

[Unlike what was suggested on Misterseed, I need to clarify that these are not my words. These are the words of a Gikuyu man with whom I was speaking. Certain possibly identifying details have been changed but not one word is my own. His thesis was not that "Kibaki should kill all the other tribes" as someone said on Mashada, but how can Kibaki as president watch his own being killed by the Kalenjin and do nothing to protect them. I was astonished to see that this die-hard Kibaki supporter...

26 January 2008 » Silaha

Do you know who got the fourth most votes in the recent presidential election?I did not think you did. Joseph Ngacha Karani received 14,232 votes (according to the ECK – and we all know how well they count). His party has an innocuous sounding name Kenya Patriotic Trust Party, yet a little time spent on Google will disclose that Karani is the chairman of the Mau Mau Original Trust that has been raising money from ex-Mau Mau and their sympathizers ostensibly to fund a case for retribution...

12 January 2008 » Silaha

(click on image for larger map)Over the last few days I have been trolling the Internet capturing stories about the troubles and mob activity from various blogs and websites. It is becoming apparent that there is an area of the North Rift broadly bounded by Kericho, Nakuru, Kapsowar and Kericho where the clashes were most severe and, to quote Bishop Korir, probably planned. The heart of this Quad of Death is Eldoret.If the ethnic cleansing was successful in this granary of our country how...

11 January 2008 » Silaha

I have this eerie sense of foreboding that Kenya's troubles will have significant negative impact on US presidential contender Barack Obama. As an Obama supporter, I am concerned because I think the link could possibly ultimately derail his campaign, or at least put it into major damage control mode. I don't think that Kenya's post election problems, in and of themselves, would have had a negative impact on Obama -- Americans recognize that everybody is originally from somewhere -- had it...

11 January 2008 » Silaha

Double 6 writes Conflict In Africa blog. He says: I have considered Kenya home for over 4 years. In many senses, I feel I’ve come of age while living in this East African Eden. It does things to me that no other place has. I have always felt Kenya was different than other African countries.After witnessing peaceful voting in Nairobi on the 27th, he left with a friend to drive to Uganda on the 29th, this is his story.On December 29th I was driving with a friend towards Uganda. We were going on...

11 January 2008 » Silaha

A group of concerned professional Kenyans met at the Cellar Restaurant at Valley Arcade, Nairobi and produced this document that they are going to share with Raila and Kibaki.A stellar job and part of the reason why I am convinced that we have the capacity (with a little international facilitation perhaps) to come up with a creative Kenyan solution to this very Kenyan problem.1 Citizens pathway to the futureAn analytical framework to inform efforts at resolving the current impasseAt this...

11 January 2008 » Silaha

The Cellar Group has come back with another iteration of their document (I published the earlier version a few days ago). I think they have advanced their thinking considerably. Here goes.CITIZEN’S SOLUTION FOR LASTING PEACEWe the citizens of Kenya went to the polls on December 27, 2007 to elect a new government. However, the election has resulted in a stalemate. Following this, we the citizens would like to observe the following:• Both sides of the divide have substantial support across...

10 January 2008 » Silaha

I found Nairobi TypO's blog today and she has a heart wrenching story about the lives of the 4,000 internally displaced people seeking refugees at Jamhuri Park.My Tuesday started with the good news that the Association agreed to donate money to a local charity that is working on the ground with displaced people here in Nairobi. We were also lucky enough to have a guest speaker, Merry, speak on behalf of the Jamii Bora Trust and tell us what was going on in Jamhuri Park which has become a haven...

09 January 2008 » Silaha

I posted this on Jesp's blog, then I realized I had gone on and on so I thought I would post it here (and bore the rest of you as well). Lucky you.To rehash an overused simile the troubles in Kenya are like an iceberg. What the world saw -- people supposedly rioting because of a flawed election -- is but the tip. As most Tanzanians will tell you (and me and everyone else) we Kenyans been pretty challenged when it comes to trying to forge an national identity over a tribal one. (As with any...

09 January 2008 » Silaha

Kibaki has named "half" his cabinet. Mmm... I guess that now that the killing has stopped we’re into a political chess game. And it appears that Kibaki's shrewd moves are giving him the upper hand. I must say that when I first heard the announcement this morning my reaction was sheer disbelief then I read his "half a cabinet" speech and I realized that instead of slamming the door shut, Kibaki has Raila exactly where he wants him. If I were to look in my ‘crystal ball’ I would say that this...

09 January 2008 » Silaha

Africa Expat Wife is a "35 year old housewife who does no housework" based in Nairobi, she has written the story of her former askariThursday, January 03, 2008 Our ex night watchman in Kibera slumWe spoke to our ex night watchman on the phone today. He lives in Kibera slum and we have been informally sponsoring him for a couple of years. Having lost all his belongings in the crisis (see previous post), he has been stuck inside his home for some days. A neighbor has lent him a mattress and they...

09 January 2008 » Silaha

I must say, sheepishly, that I had not really read or listened to Mutahi Ngunyi's words until this week. I came across him on the IMSKenya video recorded a day after Kivuitu announced the election results. I was impressed by his insight so I decided to google him and see what else he has said.(These three samples are the first three that I came across, wow, simply wow.)His prescience is eerily scary. I cannot really add much to his words but I want you all to read his words and think about...

09 January 2008 » Silaha

Hot Issues of the 2007 Elections in Kenya: Majimboism is a Time Bomb!:Though they will not publicly accept it, almost all the political parties in Kenya are made up of powerful tribal leaders who command immense despotic powers in the areas of their origin. Indeed the genesis of ODM was an open tribal meeting between Luo, Luhya and Kalenjin elders representing Raila Odinga , Musalia Mudavadi and William Ruto who agreed to cooperate in order to snatch political power from the people from Mount...

08 January 2008 » Silaha

Kenya Kikuyus, Long Dominant, Are Now Routed - New York TimesThere is a story on the cover of today's New York Times about the mass exodus of the Agikuyu from the Rift Valley. It is a pretty good article that talks about how land is at the root of the fracas and how the Gikuyu were favored when the Kenyatta administration used British funds to reacquire land from white settlers.I must underscore the importance of this article. African countries rarely make it to the front page of the NYT....

07 January 2008 » Silaha

Bella McFarland is a Kenya-born author living in Logan, Utah. She was visiting home with her daughters at the time of the election.Wednesday, October 03, 2007 - Pre TripI'm so looking forward to going home...YAY. I haven't been back in ten years(I always have my family visit us instead), so this journey back is quite the occasion. I'm still shopping for the trip and will start getting shots(eew) from our local health department. Frankly speaking, I'm thinking of skipping some but my ten year...

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