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KENYA FORUM OCTOBER REVIEW

A chance for readers to review the 25 articles posted on the Kenya Forum in the last month.

KENYA FORUM EXCLUSIVE!

THE INTERNET, POWER AND  RESPONSIBILITY: THE LESSONS TO LEARN FROM RAILA ODINGA’S ‘OFFICIAL BLOG’  (Oct 28)

The blog site purports to be ‘Raila Odinga’s official Blog’ and it is still available online… The Kenya Forum has for a long time considered whether or not to publish this story…

‘LITERALLY’, ILLITERACY AND STRANGE REPORTS – THE KKV’S MISSING MILLIONS (Oct 27)

“Those involved in the raid took away documents we had for an in-depth story on the Kazi kwa Vijana scandal which we were working on”, Mr Semelango told The Star.

THE OLDEST PROFESSION AND THE PRICE OF TEA (Oct 26)

It’s the time when the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) pays out the annual bonuses to tea farmers… That’s good news for tea farmers, apparently good news for the oldest profession in and around Kisumu, and not so good news for farmers’ wives.

DR JASON KAVITI, RIP? (Oct 25)

Dr Jason Ndaka Kaviti… died last Wednesday… [His] chief claims to fame were to have promoted the idea that Dr Robert Ouko, had committed suicide… and that … Julie Ward had been struck by lightning or killed by wild animals… Both conclusions were ludicrously wrong.

KENYA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM GOES DIGITAL – CHEATS BEWARE! (Oct21)

Exam cheating in Kenyan schools has been a vice the Kenyan National Examination Council (KNEC) has been trying to fight for a long time and the Council’s efforts  seems to be paying  off…

RESURFACE OF THE UGLY DERBY: AFC LEOPARDS VS GOR MAHIA! (Oct 22)

Thursday’s Leopards vs Gor Mahia cup game saw the resurfacing of what used to be witnessed years back… Gor and AFC Leopards fans clashed once again…

KENYA’S VITAL STATISTICS: WHAT SHAPE ARE WE IN? (Oct 21)

The results of surveys and opinion polls… 59 per cent of 20-24 year olds regarded their church or mosque as the ‘best thing in life’.

THERE IS A SOLUTION IN SOMALIA (Oct 20)

The longer-term solution to Somalia’s problems rests not with Kenya, or ‘the West’, or anyone else… The solution to Somalia’s problems rests in Somalia, with the Somali people, and in particular in Mogadishu.

OPERATION ‘LINDA NCHI’: KENYA GOES TO WAR IN SOMALIA (Oct 19)

‘War on Al-Shabaab’… the ramifications of Kenya’s armed intervention will reverberate for a long time to come… The Forum therefore counsels caution and an objective appreciation of a realistic outcome to the conflict.

ARE KENYANS HAVING MORE SEX OR GETTING MORE SENSE? (Oct 18)

Kenyans use about 20 million condoms every month which translates to about 670,000 daily! … In 2008/09 HIV prevalence among women, however, was twice as high as that for men…

KENYANS’ REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL… and why Kenyans should take pride in their country (Oct 17)

A few reasons for Kenyans to be cheerful and to take great pride in their country…

WOMEN IN KENYA: WHAT DO THEY KNOW OF THE NEW CONSTITUTION? (Oct 16)

This is indeed a milestone for Kenyan woman, one thing that is evident is that large swathes of Kenyan women, especially in the rural areas, are yet to benefit from adequate information on what they stand to gain under a new constitutional dispensation.

Genetic testing in Kenya: Dad’s Not Around? (Oct 15)

There is an increasing demand for DNA testing in Kenya, even at Sh35,000 a shot… want to find out if they are the real fathers of the children they are raising… Some Kenyan women are choosing who to sire their children with and who to raise them.

KENYA FORUM NOW MOBILE… (Oct 14)

www.kenyaforum.net site is now enabled with a mobile application… just log in to kenyaforum.net from your mobile (and add it to bookmarks!) and the mobile detection software will re-jiggle the site so you can read it on your smartphone.

BRANDING KENYA AND THE CRISIS ON THE COAST (Oct 12)

‘Brand Kenya’ is unveiling a Sh76 million awareness campaign’ ‘Nitakuwepo’ (‘I’ll be there’) ‘to raise awareness of the need for national cohesion’. Sh76 million is about $745,098. Nitakuwepo but will anyone else?

KENYA’S POLITICAL MACHINATIONS – MORE DECORUM PLEASE (Oct 12)

Kenya is no stranger to political rivalry and the machinations of Machiavellian politicians… The coalition government… is purpose built for the propagation of political infighting. They’re at it like chickens in a yard.

WHEN CHINA MET AFRICA: KENYA AND THE WAKING DRAGON (Oct 11)

It is not a question of going with China, or the US, or the European Union, or anyone else, or at least it shouldn’t be…

CORRUPTION AND THE CORRUPTION COMMISSIONS: WHO IS INVESTIGATING WHOM? (Oct 10)

“We need the anti-graft body to audit the Commission”, a ‘source’ supposedly told The Standard. Brilliant, isn’t it, now the TJRC has got to be investigated!

KENYA AND THE WORLD IS iSAD: STEVE JOBS 1955-2011 (Oct 8)

This week saw the passing of Steve Jobs at the tragically young age of 56 after a six year battle against pancreatic cancer… Steve Jobs didn’t come from an advantaged background, after he dropped out of college he lived off the proceeds of returned Coke bottles and handouts from the local Hare Kishna Temple.

KENYA’S EL CLASICO – AFC LEOPARDS VS GOR MAHIA (Oct 8)

The biggest fixture in the Kenyan football, the derby match between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia lived up to its hype.

EDUCATION IN KENYA: MORE TEXTBOOKS NEEDED NOT MORE VAT (Oct 7)

The quality of education in Kenya… many children in public schools will go to class without the necessary books, following the Government’s decision to introduce Value Added Tax on textbooks and exercise books…

THE PRICE OF PIRACY (Oct 6)

Bed and breakfast, lunch on the veranda, an evening meal out at a local restaurant, sea, sand and getting kidnapped is not what people go on holiday to the Peponi Hotel for. The Lamu tourism trade has collapsed overnight…

SANITARY TOWELS ARE A SERIOUS [EDUCATION] ISSUE (PART 2) (Oct 5)

If only the poor girls, who have to miss school when it’s that time of the month again, could also tell Mother Nature to go for a vacation until January, then maybe they could just wait patiently for the government to keep their word.

STATE TURNS A DEAF EAR (Oct 4)

The Kenya Association for the Deaf (KAD) has complained that ‘the State’ isn’t listening to them… One group that is listening and may be listening more to you in the future, is Kenya’s National Security Intelligence Service… the Forum asks: what chance of a muzungu, or a Muslim, or indeed a woman, being appointed VP in Kenya?

KENYA’S NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE ACT: TOUGH LAWS FOR LAW ENFORCERS OR CARRY ON REGARDLESS? (Oct 3)

The recent accusations of police misconduct give cause for concern… The deaths of John Muturi Kariuki and James Mugo Waithira would suggest they may be right.

President Kenyatta declared winner.

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