Barack Oduor is an Independent Journalist. He has an in-depth interest in politics and governance. He is also an African music archivist. Oduor holds a Diploma in Education and is currently pursuing Bachelors in Mass Media and Communication. He formerly worked as news Correspondent for Nation Media Group.
In the next three months, Kenyans will be voting in new leadership as their constitution requires. Politicians and individuals facing corruption, murder and other criminal charges have been cleared to run for various elective positions. State institutions and agencies tasked with gate-keeping credibility checks for running candidates have excused themselves thanks to a watered down integrity law that initially stopped such characters from vying. Will Kenyans entrust these people with leadership positions? And what does it mean should this happen?
The history of Kenya’s presidents and intrigues in their regimes is scattered. It’s in museums, newspapers, private homes, books and unknown places. Those who have and are still recording the history are doing it in their own perspectives and blurring what they think should be forgotten. With the death of all three former presidents, it is time to build respectable libraries that carries information of the three presidents and details of their tenure; albeit for the future and prosperity of this country.
Father Gabriel Dolan, a renowned clergy and human rights activist in Kenya, has a new memoir: Undaunted: Stories of Freedom in A Shackled Society, narrating his coming to Kenya in the heat of the 1982 failed coup against President Daniel Moi, his relentless fights for the rights of the oppressed and voiceless in the Kenya. It is a story full of courage, bravery and lessons to upcoming activists seeking to change the state of affairs in their society.
Although hailed as an astute Luo rumba artiste by music reviewers in newspapers and magazines, few are aware of the musician’s first compositions that were in pure paced benga and why he chose to do almost all his songs again with tunes of rumba.