Henry Makori

* Henry Makori is an editor with Pambazuka News.

The media in Kenya continues to be the target of intense criticism over its coverage of the elections in March. It is thought to have shirked its watchdog role and focused on peace messages. But supporters say that was necessary, given the circumstances


A better world for all is possible. The disgusting opulence of a few people amidst mass suffering is not the natural order of things. But true change will only happen after the spirit of resistance is awakened among the oppressed people. That is the legacy of Hugo Chavez, Chris Hani and Martin Luther King


There are rising fears that Mungiki is regrouping to possibly unleash another orgy of deadly violence should their preferred candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta, lose the presidential contest.

A historic court battle is looming that will hopefully clarify for Kenyans the meaning and scope of the fundamental freedoms of expression, the media and access to information as guaranteed in the new constitution and how these rights relate to the fight against corruption.


Kenya is still in shock after hooded gunmen opened fire and lobbed explosives into two churches on 1 July in Garissa, north-east of the country, killing 17 worshippers and injuring over 60 others. Most funerals are taking place this week.


National media coverage of Kenya’s invasion of Somalia all comes from a single source – the military, writes Henry Makori. No wonder there seems to be so little opposition to the war.


Prof Wangari Maathai’s spirit, like those of other great women and men who once walked the land of Africa, will continue to live in our midst, nudging us to overcome our little fears and confront injustice wherever we find it, writes Henry Makori