It seems the politicians have taken taken the “No Snitchin'” policy a tad too far on this Al-Bashir matter. “DENY TILL YOU DIE!” seems to be the order of the day. They didn’t see nothing, they don’t know nothing, they didn’t do nothing. Even though they know his phone number and hang out with him during the internationally televised Promulgation ceremonies. Their excuse? They didn’t even know he was there. Riiiiiiight.
So while they are pleading the fifth, we’ve come up with a list of 5 other parties Omar Al-Bashir should crash while he’s on his silent world tour. Continue reading →
As the local cameras canvased every face on the stage and the international lens stayed focused on Bashir, all Kenyans in attendance were watching one man.
It makes a statement when your entrance causes noticeably more cheer than that of the President of a nation. Say what you will about Raila Odinga, the people love him and swear by his every word. Continue reading →
Most of my fellow middle-class Kenyans decided to watch history being made in the comfort of their living-rooms at home. That was their choice.
But I, as an able-bodied, sound-minded, patriotic Nairobian had to see it with my own eyes. I tried reaching out to friends and colleagues to tag along but they all cowered. Some planned to spend the eve of Promulgation Day in and out of clubs in Westlands (Bend-over Thursdays, I believe it’s called), while most of you thought that going to Uhuru Park for this historic and unprecedented event was either the funniest or the craziest thing you’ve ever heard.
It’s redundant to reiterate just how important today is in the history of this nation. Even more redundant to point out the implications this will have for the future.
But it’s hard not to be slightly, if not totally, awed at being alive at such a great time as our great country finally signs into law our constitution – not some reject adoption from exiled colonialists. Our very own baby gets baptized today.