Cover Story: Saba Saba: the story of an iconic struggle!

BACKGROUND TO SABA SABA - The story of an on-going iconic struggle

BACKGROUND TO SABA SABA - The story of an on-going iconic struggle

The time was ripe for protest and revolution. Kenyans had had enough. When Moi took over from Jomo Kenyatta in 1978, in true nyayo fashion he perfected the art of state torture and repression. That was the only way he could...

Saba Saba: The Living Spirit of the Resistance Movement in Kenya by Wambua Kawive

Saba Saba: The Living Spirit of the Resistance Movement in Kenya by Wambua Kawive

The political plurality that was envisaged in the Lancaster house constitution that we inherited in 1963 was dismembered by Jomo Kenyatta and his henchmen. By 1965, the Kenya African National Union (KANU) was a monolithic – the party, the government,...

Saba Saba 1990 and The Lawyers by Pheroze Nowrojee S.C.

Saba Saba 1990 and The Lawyers by Pheroze Nowrojee S.C.

Two key factors, as they grew, year by year, defeated Moi. First: the lawyers constantly held up the Alternative to Moi. Second: the lawyers suffered in the repression just as the people did.  It made the people believe in the...

SABA SABA - Fate or Destiny?!? by Njeri Kabeberi

SABA SABA - Fate or Destiny?!? by Njeri Kabeberi

Coincidence-Fate or Destiny?!? They say a coincidence is a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection; that fate is the development of events outside a person's control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power and destiny is what's...

THE 1990 SABA SABA PUTSCH IN A NEW LIGHT:  A generational event which changed Kenya forever by Hon. Wanyiri Kihoro

THE 1990 SABA SABA PUTSCH IN A NEW LIGHT: A generational event which changed Kenya forever by Hon. Wanyiri Kihoro

I had just left detention without trial a year before - a 6 footer weighing 70 kgs, but still as determined as ever to fight for a New Kenya, free from the suffocating stranglehold of KANU’s one party rule. After...

Regular Column

Main Editorial

Witnessing the Saba Saba marches in Nairobi this year, it struck us that there has not been to date (at least we have not seen one) a compilation of the experiences of individuals and institutions...

London Calling - People of Colour by Ramnik Shah

London Calling US Election 2020: relax, the nightmare is over!  Not quite, not yet, alas. There is no doubt however that we have all been treated to a seemingly endless series of news updates, analyses, statistics,...

Special Feature

Constitution Making and its Link to Saba Saba

As we undertook our research for this special issue on ‘Saba Saba’, it became increasingly obvious that there was a link between Saba Saba and the struggle for a new Constitution. While Saba Saba’s main aim was a return to political pluralism and a multi-party state, many who participated in it realized that it was just the beginning of a process to completely transform and re-write the social contract the state had made with the people of Kenya in 1963....

Footsteps

Emma Gama Pinto [nee Dias] 1928 - 2020

Emma Gama Pinto [nee Dias] 1928 - 2020

Emma was born July 24, 1928 under the astrological sign of Leo. A lioness has died, and we are all...