As the trial of Kenya Deputy President William Ruto continues at the Hague, Ben Nadler goes on to the streets of Nairobi where he discovers contrasting views on the trials of the country’s leaders in the Hague.
From May 24-27, 2013 the Organization of African Unity and African Union celebrated its golden jubilee during a special summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In an attempt to get candid views and sentiments on the state of the AU and what the future holds Ahmed Salim, who was in Addis during the summit and attended some of the proceedings, spoke to various diplomats, current and former officials of the OAU and AU, members of civil society and other stakeholders. This is what he observed.
Warioba and his constitutional review commission have presented their draft after collecting the views of the people. They conducted a total of 1,942 meetings, attended by 1,306,500 people, with 395,000 people providing face-to-face interviews, with 160 focus groups providing their views, and 43 current and retired national leaders. If these meetings took on average 2 hours, that constitutes 233,040 minutes or approximately 2,590 soccer matches.
Ili mtu awe kiongozi lazima awe na hamasa ya kuleta mabadiliko na awe na hamasa ya kuacha jina zuri nyuma yake. Lazima awe mtu mwenye maono ya mbali, uelewa wa kutosha wa jamii hii ya Watanzania, anayefahamu matatizo ya Watanzania na kama aliwahi kuwa kwenye uongozi basi angalau tujue aliwahi kufanya nini kwenye uongozi.
In a guest post Leonard Wanyama of the Society for International Development stresses the importance of honesty and integrity from public intellectuals and analysts as Kenyans head to the polls on March 4, 2013.