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Amina Mohamed’s candidature helps highlight need to decentralise AU

President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that Kenya had thrown in the name of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to be the next head of the African Union (AU) Commission. AU leaders meeting in their July summit in Kigali, Rwanda, failed to choose a new chairperson, who functions as the CEO of the continental body, to replace South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who decided to step down after a very un-African one term.

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5 things you should know about the Kenya protests

Six months ago, a landslide re-election victory for President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017 seemed likely. Not any more.

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Kenya: ICC decision to drop Ruto case greeted with praise and concern

After a long legal fight, both Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are now free from the attentions of The Hague. While Kenya’s ruling elite have welcomed the decision to drop charges, the victims of the country’s devastating post-election violence have a rather different response.

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Nigeria Keen to Replicate Kenya’s Tactics in Fighting Al Shabaab

Nairobi – Terrorism was at the centre of discussions during President Muhammadu Buhari’s three-day state visit to Kenya, where the two countries signed an agreement to tackle Islamist insurgencies together. Nigeria and Kenya have been battling insurgencies, with Kenya sending troops to Somalia five years ago to slow down Al Shabaab attacks while Nigeria has in the recent weeks made several gains against Boko Haram, which has killed thousands.

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Obama’s balancing act in Kenya

Twenty years ago, a young Barack Obama, on the verge of his first political campaign for an Illinois state senate race, published his real life bildungsroman, Dreams From My Father. The book chronicled his life up to his entry into Harvard Law School and it provided a thought-provoking description of his trip to Kenya so that he could come to grips with the tenuous but persistent legacy of his father’s Kenyan origins and on his own circumstances as an American, an African American, and a man with a potent but virtually unexamined African heritage.

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o says “let our planes fly”

At a public lecture on June 11 at the University of Nairobi, Kenyan literary giant, Ngugi wa Thiong’o told the story of Gachamaba and Charles Njonjo. Gachamba was a bicycle repairman from Nyeri, in Central Kenya, who, in the late 1970s, built an airplane. He had no secondary education and spent his days tinkering with spare parts. His airplane flew for 9 miles. Charles Njonjo, on the other hand, was an exceptionally well-educated lawyer and the Attorney General of Kenya from 1978-1982. He heard about Gachamba’s short flight and, banned the flying of planes without a proper license. In Ngugi’s hands this story became an insightful metaphor for the Kenyan government’s habit of inhibiting the country’s talents.

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