Author Archives: Tom Mboya

About Tom Mboya

A governance specialist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Deeply passionate about Kenya, and working to see Kenya realize her potential through the creation of a truly just and equitable society.

Plurality of Political Choice

Kenya’s 2010 Constitution has been the subject of much debate, both at home and on the international scene. It ushered in a number of changes in the governance structure of the country, favoring a presidential over a parliamentary system, styled … Continue reading

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The Role We Play In A Corrupt Society

Corruption has consumed the very fabric of our society. So deeply entrenched, it has become the standard by which most transactions, both public and private, are conducted. Despite a raft of institutional and legislative reforms over the years, we do … Continue reading

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The Need to Build & Nurture Political Alternatives

Recently, I sent a tweet lamenting the fact that in the numerous political deliberations I have with people from various walks of life, the conversation is inevitably reduced to a Jubilee vs CORD discussion. Do these coalitions embody the sum … Continue reading

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Stuck in a Stagnant Political Culture…

What does our political culture reveal about us? If we are to be brutally honest with ourselves, the defining characteristic and primary determinant of political choice in Kenya is ethnicity. A recent round of Presidential appointments that saw political allies … Continue reading

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Kenya – US Relations: The Diplomatic ‘Cold Front’

President Obama has returned from his Africa tour without setting foot in Kenya, a fact that has been the source of much consternation in the land of his father. That a ‘son of the soil’ failed to visit his motherland … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Tallying

The dust will soon settle on the March 4th General Election, amid serious questions raised about the conduct of the polls by the IEBC, specifically around the tallying process. In many ways, the tallying process was eerily reminiscent of that … Continue reading

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Good Laws Will Only Make Sense If We Elect Good Leaders

On August 27th 2010, Kenya reached a milestone few other countries have been able to: the promulgation of a new constitution during ‘peace time’. The fact that this was done during times of peace is significant because historically, constitutional transitions … Continue reading

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