All posts by blackorwa

Nerdistic Intents with Delusions of Grandeur

The Kenyan Hansard Analytics

The political dust has settled in Kenya, the legislative wing of the government is now on full throttle with the re-introduction of the ICT Practitioners Bill and the Presidential ascent of the new Marriage bill permitting polygamy. These debates have intrigued Bobbie Macdonald – a comparative politics PhD student from Stanford currently residing in Kenya. ...

Kenya Supermarket Report

What would you learn if you collected discarded supermarket receipts from Nairobi shoppers? That’s what Emmanuel Kens, Anthony Otieno, and I decided to find out. We got a bunch of street kids and paid them to collect the receipts on our behalf. A few months later we had 1,465 receipts enough for a sample size ...

Hierarchy of All IEBC Forms

The Election Act 24 of 2011 describes a total of 81 forms for conducting elections in the Republic of Kenya. Infamous among these forms are; Form 34A, 34B, 34C used to transmit Presidential election results. Recent public debates has brought to fore Form 24A  legal use by a candidate in withdrawing from a Presidential election. This ...

The Hub in the Wild

Sandwiched between Tsavo East and Tsavo West national park is a new technology hub that is raising the technology profile of Voi town. SoteHub , founded in 2010 from the Sote ICT project has been offering business training to students and startups in Taita Taveta county.  A few weeks ago, Frank Tamre, Collins Oduor, and I were ...

What Tomato Farmers Can Learn from KPLC

Tomato farming and electricity generation share a common problem – the problem of immediate consumption. Due to lack of scalable means of storage, electricity has to be consumed as soon as it is generated. Furthermore, the demand for electricity rise and fall by day and night. To counter these problems, electricity distribution companies such as KPLC ...

Kenya Election Alternative: The Limited Preferential Voting

Kenya could borrow a leaf from Papua New Guinea’s electoral practice. With a population of 7.6 million people and 850 spoken languages,  Papua New Guinea has one of the world’s most ethnic driven politics. In  2002, the country ushered in a new  voting practice known as Limited Preferential Voting to encourage voting for other clan candidates. ...

The Kenyatta Family Wealth Structure

The Kenyatta Family windfall came from the first President of the Republic of Kenya,  Jomo Kenyatta. Much has been written about how the initial wealth was “acquired”, but of greater importance is how the wealth has been maintained, distributed and expanded. Notable of the first family are the branch from Mama Ngina Kenyatta. However, from piecing ...

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