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Focus On Corruption

Volume 12, Issue 3 | Published 01/03/2016  

The snarl up experienced on the Nakuru-Gilgil stretch last Sunday was caused by various factors; tremendous increment in vehicle population as the “highway” cries out for multiple lanes. There are also dozens of new drivers trying to prove that their cheap, little white second hand Toyota imports from Japan are “deadly”. Many travellers, too, were not on leave and had to dash back Sunday.

The Return of Minorityman

Volume 12, Issue 3 | Published 01/03/2016  

On July 25, 2015 Barack Obama landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the first ever sitting US president to visit Kenya. This wasn’t his first visit. He had come three times before: the first as an impecunious youth, to see with his own eyes where his father had come from, the second as a young man starting out in life, eager to expose his fiancée to his African roots and the third as a young politician, when he was dismissed by the government spokesman, Dr Alfred Mutua, as ‘a junior senator from Illinois who is yet to mature,’ for daring to lecture Kenyans on the evils of corruption.

Europe has been in the grip of a `migrant` crisis for most of this year and it shows no sign of abating even as winter beckons. The line of movement of the people in question stretches from the south east of the continent, across the narrow stretch of water separating Greece from Turkey, to Calais on the French side of the English Channel, where large numbers of wannabe migrants and asylum seekers who had been camped out in makeshift shelters (dubbed `the jungle`) for a long time have in recent months been augmented by new arrivals - all desperate to get into the UK by any means, fair or foul.