#444 — Guka, Grandpa — June 23, 2017

Grand-niece, Trina, sitting with me on our veranda. Family like race is a mythical societal construct.                                                            David Zarembka On Sunday, June 11, Gladys and I took public transport from Lumakanda to Nairobi on our way to the United States. Except for one major aggravation which I will report READ MORE

#441– The Sorry State of South Sudan — June 2, 2017

A scene from Rumbek, South Sudan. Last July/August, three women from Rumbek, South Sudan, supported by the Mennonite Central Committee, came to the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) international training in Rwanda. They have since conducted some HROC workshops there which is reported below. They have invited an experienced Kenyan facilitator, Eunice Okwemba, to go to Rumbek to help READ MORE

#440 — Living in a Youthful Country — May 26, 2017

Young motorcycle taxi drivers waiting for customers. Many of these motorcycles are imported from China. See below. Announcement: Parfaite Ntahuba, the Coordinator the Friends Women’s Association’s Itaseka Clinic in Kamenge, Bujumbura, Burundi, will be on a speaking tour of the United States from September 19 through October 25. For details on their work with HIV+ people, gender based violence, rape READ MORE

#439 — Bribery in Kenyan Elections — May 19, 2017

Voter being bribed after voting on her way back home from a primary election in Bungoma County on April 13, 2017. Request: We at Transforming Communities for Social Change would appreciate contributions to support our peacemaking efforts before the August 8 Kenyan election. At the bottom of this posting are the methods that donors can use to help with our READ MORE

#438 — The Difference is Death — May 12, 2017

Participants at a HROC basic workshop at Kihosha Secondary School in Bujumbura, Burundi. Sandy Grotberg, an Extended Service Volunteer a number of times who helped introduce AVP in Kenya, made a pertinent observation, namely, that the real difference between East Africa and the United States was that in East Africa people die. While life expectancy in the United States is READ MORE

Report from Kenya #437 — Kenya’s Primary Election — May 5, 2017

A voter placing his ballot for one of the positions at the Lumakanda ODM party primary. Last Sunday after two weeks plus five additional days, Kenya’s shambolic (a favorite Kenya word to describe the primary elections), chaotic primary party elections finished. Nonetheless there are interesting observations to be noted.  One or two days before the August 8 Kenya election, international READ MORE

#435 — Political Strategy for the Kenyan Elections — April 21, 2017

Monday, September 12, 2016 — President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto announcing the grand launch of the Jubilee Party at Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi. The current Kenyan government and its opposition have developed divergent strategies for winning the August 8, 2017 election – one large consolidated party for the former and a coalition of strong regional parties for READ MORE