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2 May, 4 tweets, 5 min read
On Tuesday we take a look at democracy in Somaliland, which holds parliamentary elections next month for the first time in 16 years.
Date: 4 May
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On 13 November 2017, the people of Somaliland went to the polls to choose their 5th president since 1991. Despite a delay of 28 months, international and local observers described the election as credible and peaceful.…
#EasternAfricaElections #SomalilandVotes
Though denied international recognition for nearly three decades, Somaliland has built a hybrid political system that some scholars term the first modern African democracy.…
What lessons for the rest of the continent from "the first modern African democracy"?
@RasnaWarah talks to @APuntite, @JamaMusse, Ayan Yusuf and Mohamed Barawaani.
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4 May
To be fair, @MarthaKarua proposed this very thing when she was close to power as Minister for Justice under Kibaki. My questions then are the same now: After how long does corruption qualify as "past" and what is "past" about corruption when we continue paying for it today?
Good to remember that @RailaOdinga too promised an amnesty for "past corruption" during the 2007 election campaigns (when he and @WilliamsRuto were on the same side).…
The fact is, Kenya has had an undeclared amnesty for all corruption, past and present, since independence. Kamau did not go after the colonials and chiefs, Mo1 shielded the Kamaus and their acolytes, and Kibaki talked a good game on corruption but left Mo1 and his friends alone. Image
Read 9 tweets
2 May
Sad that many Kenyans do not seem to realize the colonial origins of the "discipline" fetish.
"The African needed to be flogged ‘like a child’ to inculcate discipline, yet once ‘trousered’ he had taken an important step towards the world of the white man and might be treated with greater respect".… Image
The whole discourse of "discipline" was meant to infantilize the miro. Till today, brutalising Kenyans, whether it is enforcement of covid-19 restrictions or corporal punishment in schools, is always justified using the language of "discipline".
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2 May
Lap 2. Safety Car. Great start from Sai who jumped Per for P4. Lec stays P8 and was struggling to keep up with Nor. #PortugeseGP #ForzaFerrari #F1
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18 Apr
Race Day!!! And we have rain!!! #ImolaGP #ForzaFerrari #F1
The changeable conditions could be good for the Scuds if we get the strategy calls right. And at least now we have drivers who have shown that they can keep the car on the track when it rains. #ImolaGP #ForzaFerrari #F1
Formation Lap. #ImolaGP #ForzaFerrari #F1
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14 Apr
Question: When a bank declares your current account "inactive" and blocks it (meaning you no longer have access to it), why do they keep charging you to maintain it? What service are you paying for on an account they've blocked you from accessing? @KenyaBankers
Let's put this another way. I pay rent for a house but don't live there for, say, 6 months. Landlord declares the premises inactive, boards it up and says I can no longer use it unless I go to him to get new keys. Then keeps charging me rent. What would I be paying for?
Does @CBKKenya regulate bank charges? Or are banks pretty much free to levy whatever charges they wish? Does the CBK have a desk where one can complain if one feels their bank is dealing unfairly with them? If not CBK, then who? @wgkantai @KenyaBankers
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4 Apr
Looking at this and responses to it, seems clear Kenyans need an education on ukoloni, the tactics and aims of the KLFA (including its charter) as well as those of other anti-colonial movements in the country, and the bait-and-switch that got us "independence" instead of freedom.
British characterization of the KLFA as atavistic "Mau Mau" (a term rejected by JM Kariuki as "a title of abuse and ridicule"), violent savages without political thoughts, was propaganda to justify the horrible abuses and legitimize their chosen custodians of the colonial state.
Thus, 70 years later, we ignorantly speak of "Mau Mau" as only interested in land but not wider questions of political governance and equality. Few Kenyans today know of the Riigi and the Kenya Parliament they set up in the forest, or their hopes, visions, debates and writings.
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