2015: “The duplicity of the organisers of the Lang’ata Road Primary School protest march can be seen in the messages on the placards the children were carrying. These were not the sentiments of any six- or 12-yearold, or any child, for that matter. The children’s sentiments were packaged to echo the ones of those bent on criticising the government. The organisers, having little or no regard for the potential violence that could erupt, insouciantly placed children in harm’s way in a bid to tug at the heartstrings children inevitably strum.”
2015: “Be it via Twitter, Facebook, or the commentary in articles and blogs, there is an emerging community that’s generating opinions and shaping attitudes that serve to affirm or challenge the state of affairs in Kenya. Although in its infancy, this is in essence Kenya’s public sphere. It is Kenya’s equivalent of the Parisian cafés from which the French Revolution sprang, a place where ideas are articulated, distributed and negotiated, irrespective of our differences in birth and fortune.
“The growth of this democratic polity depends on access, the autonomy of the interlocutors, and the common commitment to the ways of logic from participants.”
2016: “From a national perspective, I would like to sponsor laws to enforce the minimum wage and then from a personal and social perspective is the idea of showing people that women can be in leadership. We need discussion; more than ridicule. We need understanding. Let’s be subservient to the conventions that the success of a public sphere depends on.