Category Archives: Kenya

Wangari Maathai, in her own words – Freedom turns a corner: Part 4

Mothers in war Continuing from the previous excerpt of Wangari Maathai’s autobiography, Unbowed: One woman’s story, the mothers wait for their sons. But as they continue their peaceful and contained vigil, the government does not leave them alone. So, the unarmed … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai, in her own words – Freedom turns a corner: Part 3

Mothers petition, pray and fast; and the birthing, naming and living spirit of Freedom Corner The adapted excerpt below from Wangari Maathai’s autobiography, Unbowed: One woman’s story (buy the book), tells of how a slice of Uhuru Park – Freedom Corner – came to … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Day 2013

https://twitter.com/bettymurungi/status/333503700448452608 The month of May – Mama, Mother, Mummy, Mum While every day is indeed a day to honour our mothers (as in Betty Murungi’s tweet above), on Mothers’ Day, we do it collectively, and perhaps more formally, in the various … Continue reading

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Governor speaks on stripping: All sizzle and no steak? And other leaders?

Finally, in the NTV video clip below, newly elected Nyeri Governor, Mr  Nderitu Gachagua, this week spoke out on the unspeakable stripping of women in public; a vile and violent abuse of rights, driven by impunity and and flagrant law-breaking, that also prompted this … Continue reading

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Era of errors

A tragedy of errors –  Has Kenya degenerated to the ‘Error Republic’?  We surely deserve better. Sample this: Two television journalists inanely giggle on live national TV over a woman’s stripping in public by a bunch of Neanderthals. Thereafter, and only … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai, in her own words – Freedom turns a corner: Part 2

Coups, conspiracies and entrenching the culture of fear The 4th excerpt from Prof Wangari Maathai’s autobiograpy Unbowed: One woman’s story. Key message from today’s excerpt: no matter how strong and courageous you are, support and solidarity from like-minded people is … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai, in her own words – Freedom turns a corner: Part 1

The push for political pluralism: Saba Saba, live bullets and  ‘political’ trees  Today’s excerpt, the third, covers the early 1990s. Prof Maathai’s tribulations at the hands of the government continue, as she joins hands with like-minded pro-democracy forces in the struggle … Continue reading

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