Category: politics

Public Space

On March 29, 2013, Inspector General of Kenyan Police David Kimaiyo “warned NGOs against engaging in demonstrations under the guise of practising their rights to congregate, saying they would be dealt with firmly.” Not only did he issue this warning, but he also directed how it should be understood: “This should not be construed as … Continue reading Public Space


A document issued in 2008 reads, Recalling that the Parties have previously agreed to: Identify and agree on the modalities of implementation of immediate measures aimed at: Ensuring the impartial, effective and expeditious investigation of gross and systematic violations of human rights and that those found guilty are brought to justice. And have expressed a … Continue reading Speculations


If one browses #kenyadecides on twitter, one soon comes across photographs of military personnel driving fancy looking vehicles across Kenya, or at least Nairobi, accompanied by approving comments from the twitterati. Television coverage has emphasized, repeatedly, that over 90,000 military people have been “deployed” across the country to guarantee “peace.” Were we living in a … Continue reading peace:militarization

On Voting

In 2007, I wrote a blogpost that urged Kenyans to vote “for a stranger.” I meant this in at least two ways: one, to vote for the interests of a person you could not possibly know. This might be a person in the present, in a different geographical space, or a person to come, the … Continue reading On Voting

Seeing Racism

Inside Higher Ed has linked to a blogpost today on how to evaluate racism. This is only a slight mischaracterization. Here’s the section that interests me. GMP, “Tenured female prof at a large public research university,” writes, I don't have the right to comment on whether something is racist or not, but I do have … Continue reading Seeing Racism

Jela si Pahala

We make concealment happen; it is not natural but rather names and organizes where racial-sexual differention happens. —Katherine McKittrick, Demonic Grounds How do we think the possibility and the law of outlawed, impossible things? —Fred Moten, “The Case of Blackness” I have been watching and re-watching KTN’s special report on sex in Kenyan prisons, especially … Continue reading Jela si Pahala