The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Profile -

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.

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