Protect women through better healthcare

By Njoki Wamai

Re-published from Daily Nation

September 11, 2015

In Summary

  • Few women can afford a mammogram for breast cancer and pap smears for cervical cancer every three years.
  • I am told gynaecology and obstetrics is one of the most profitable specialisations.
  • Quality assurance is another failing of our medical system.
  • Devolved governments should be supported in managing health.

There is a storm raging in Kenya.

We are all angry at one Mugo wa Wairimu.

How could he do that?

For years, he allegedly got away with his dubious clinics operating under the very eyes of the county government of Nairobi, the Ministry of Health Services, and the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.

This storm will likely die down, the way all storms do in Kenya, after two weeks, but I hope that at the end of it all, he will be a guest of the State at Kamiti for many decades to come.

Will those women he allegedly raped ever recover?

Let us face it. In Kenya, gynaecological services are for the privileged few.

Migrants and the ‘elephant in the room’

September 08, 2015

by Moses Onyango

Republished from: Strife

The intransigence of the British Prime Minister on the issue of migrants crossing into Europe through the Mediterranean Sea fails the test of logic. The migrants are not economic ‘swarms’ as Prime Minister David Cameron had previously stated. These migrants are fleeing from political systems that have collapsed. It is important to clearly state from the outset that some western powers, such as the UK, have partly contributed to the collapse of these political systems.

Most of the countries currently troubled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) menace were relatively stable before the western powers started demanding regime change in Iraq, Libya and Syria. Led by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and NATO, western powers doomed the leaders of Libya and Syria, and began to bomb these countries.[1] Significant portions of the migrants currently streaming into Europe are from Syria and Libya.

Although the UK parliament prevented Cameron from unleashing British bombs on the sovereign states of Libya and Syria, Sarkozy succeeded in making a case for regime change in Libya. The result is undisputed- Libya and Syria were bombed and the consequences of instability in these countries has had ripple effects on migration into Europe we are experiencing today. The wave of instability in this region had already been triggered by the bombings of Iraq, and destabilisation by former US President George Bush Jr. and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. These countries are currently under the marauding forces of lawlessness and despair.

Democracy and Security: State and Democratization in Nigeria

September 04, 2015

by Akinbode Fasakin

Republished from: Taylor & Francis

The article interrogates the relationship between democratization and people power in Nigeria. It argues that the broadening of the Nigerian public sphere has not led to reciprocal development of democratic principles and practice. As civilian rule reigns and economic growth is reported, Nigeria’s democratization is fraught with many challenges. Democratization remains questionable in Nigeria; it is rudimentary and distorted by irregularities. These have had implications for national development and human securities as the poverty level worsens and acclaimed economic growth and “democratic dividends” fail to enhance Nigerians’ quality of life.

The trivialization of democratization raises critical questions about its state and relevance to Nigerians and the Nigerian state. Is Nigeria democratizing or de-democratizing? How does the democratization process bring the Nigerian people closer to state (power)? How has it helped their developmental quests? The article contends that Nigeria’s democratization process is indeed on trial. As Ake argues, Nigerian state democratization does not only trivialize the essence of democracy—it also continues to reverse the democratization process. Against this background, the article concludes that the democratization process in Nigeria requires elite political will and people’s consciousness to advance to the next stage for better democratic consolidated and economic development relevant to Nigerians.

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The Guinea-Bissau–Senegal maritime boundary dispute

September 01, 2015

by Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood

Republished from: ScienceDirect


The Gulf of Guinea and maritime boundary disputes.

Maritime boundary dispute resolution between Guinea Bissau and Senegal.

The role of arbitration and the ICJ in Maritime boundary dispute resolution in the Gulf of Guinea.

The role of colonialism in boundary delimitation in the African continent.

Joint development agreement.


This article discusses the role of negotiation, arbitration, and that of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in resolving maritime boundary disputes in the Gulf of Guinea region. Primarily using the cases of Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, the paper highlights that joint maritime development agreements could be a better option for resolving existing maritime boundary disputes in the region rather than outright delimitation requests.

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Marginalization Lies at Heart of Kenya’s Insecurity: Q&A with Moses Onyango

Kenyan security officers inspect the site of a bombing suspected to have been carried out by al-Shabaab. Mandera, Kenya, July 8, 2015. (Xinhua/Corbis)

August 24, 2015

by Margaret Williams

Republished from: IPI Global Observatory

Neglecting the needs of Somali communities in the northeast of Kenya leaves room for extremist groups such as al-Shabaab to radicalize them, said Moses Onyango, Director of the Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the United States International University—Africa.
“If you look at the issue of radicalization, there are many factors that are involved, but basically the main factor that you find in the Kenyan situation is the issue of marginalization,” said Mr. Onyango,  also a Fellow of the African Leadership Centre, Kings College London.

“We are looking at northeastern Kenya, which is mainly inhabited by the Kenyan-Somalis and has been neglected for many years in terms of development … the response has been that most of these extremist groups have looked at that particular gap and identified it, and have infiltrated the Kenyan communities in terms of offering development where the state has failed.”

Speaking with International Peace Institute Policy Analyst Margaret Williams, he said the Kenyan government had responded in three main ways to the recent spate of terrorist attacks in the country.

At the municipal level, the government has profiled the Kenyan Somalis in Nairobi, and arrested them, and some of them have been deported back to Somalia. At the international level, the government has initiated construction of a wall between the border of Kenya and Somalia. And most recently, the government has also given a softer approach of offering amnesty to some of the Kenyans,” Mr. Onyango said.

He said the effects of these tactics had often been to increase marginalization, and offered support for alternative strategies such as increasing youth employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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