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Why do people vote for Cruel Leaders?

An Installation at the Berlin Nineties Museum commemorating victims killed  while trying to escape across the Berlin Wall. Despite it's cruelty, the Nazi regime rose to power and remained popular promising solutions to the  numerous problems Germans faced in the 1920s and 1930s. Why do Kenyans, or any other electorate for that matter, vote for cruel politicians or so-called leaders? The common argument is that the voters are ignorant, or were “misled” or had “no option”. But this is not true. People know who and what they are voting for. People intentionally vote for cruel politicians especially when the voters form part of a majority - clan, tribe, race, nation, class or other majority. It is not that they do not know the politicians are cruel. They simply assume that the crue
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In a Westernised World, Covid-19 is the Perfect Pandemic

Do Pandemics usher a new dawn?  Over the last more than 100 years, the world has undergone numerous advancements. Human beings have been to space and the moon, we have powerful nuclear bombs and nuclear energy, bullet trains, planes that fly half around the world, and we can now treat and cure hundreds of diseases that tormented our ancestors.  Yet, despite all these scientific advancements, the world is being ravaged by a pandemic. Worse, one that can be eradicated by people just staying home for 3 weeks. What went wrong? Well, it is important to understand that the world, by nature, is destined for pandemics.  Forests get extreme wildfires, wild animals get almost wiped out by diseases or drought, and human beings get pandemic. Drought too was once a problem, but the wonder that is the modern supply chain means shiploads of grains and all sorts of food can be easily moved from one part of the world to another.  Pandemics, like wildfires, droughts and much more are nature’s way of int

Why are Mosquitoes Found in Some Parts of Nairobi?

Machakos People's Park circa 2014. Let me assure you, that's neither a Marina nor a Jetty. Such stagnant water bodies around Nairobi form breeding grounds for mosquitoes if there are no control measures.  Ever wondered why some places in Nairobi are mosquito prone, while others are not? There's popular folk-lore that Nairobi was established a settlement because it's altitude, or height above sea level, is above that preferred by mosquitoes. But this proposition quickly runs into headwinds as much of Eastlands, including JKIA, the country's main airport (long pun coming) are frequented by mosquitoes.  So, I got an expert from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology  (ICIPE) to clear some air on this buzzy issue.  Here is what Professor Clifford Mutero of ICIPE had to say:

Why Newspapers Should Shift to Digital Sales to Survive

Even on the internet, newspapers should encourage buying at a price over free reading The digital world is a very different one for newspapers, and this explains why many have shut down. The ones that survived took some time in the wilderness before figuring it out. Yet the ones that are transitioning seem doomed to repeat the mistakes of those who have been ahead of them. The first problem with digital news publishing is competition. Print newspapers are near monopolies. Setting up a newsprint plant and investing in distribution vans is very costly. You therefore end up with a handful of papers or even just one for a certain geographical zone.

Why Toothpaste Cost is Impossible to Tell

Exactly which tube is larger? Which one is cheaper? Exactly how much does a tube of toothpaste cost? Looks like an easy answer, right? I mean, it’s exactly the amount you pay for the tube. That’s until you walk into a supermarket and realise that something weird is happening. Other than the very small tubes, most of the other tubes look the same size. Or rather the boxes look the same size. But then why do they cost vastly different prices - why do some tubes cost twice or almost thrice the price of others if they are the same?

Why Kenyans view the Poor as Thieves

To the average Kenyan, the supposedly poor person is simply a thief in waiting  In Kenya, when the government first announced measures against Coronavirus - many people on social media pointed out that they would especially affect the poor. More specifically, it has been said that if the poor didn’t get help soon, they would turn to crime. This should be good, right? It shows that we care about the poor? Yet, it raises some dark questions. Was the concern here really about the poor? Why is it that we only remember the poor when bad things are happening? I know a number of people who are going through rough patches due to the measures to combat Coronavirus. There is reduced spending by many businesses and equally by many individuals, and this is directly having an effect on numerous individuals and businesses whose income has effectively dried off. It does not help that the government barely has a welfare fund - when times were good, we spent away all the money. Normally, th

KB Lager, The Beer Meant to be Drank Warm

KB Lager settles quite quickly when served and is very drinkable while warm. It's flavour maintains a strong profile of roasted grain.  In Nairobi, beers are usually served cold, or sometimes warm depending on the mood of who’s serving you. Outside Nairobi, warm beers may come as a standard and you may have to specify that you indeed would prefer a cold beer, as I once found in Naivasha. I was at an infamous bar next to the Nairobi - Nakuru highway and this was my first time ordering a KB Lager. By the time I realised I had been served a warm beer, it had already been opened and the only option was a second bottle of cold beer then I could mix half-and half. It did not escape my attention that the waitress serving me slightly hesitated when I asked for a cold beer. I got the impression that it was taboo to order a cold KB Lager.