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Njoroge Wachai

Kenya

Njoroge is a journalist who formerly worked for the Kenya-based People Daily. He was Africa Correspondent for the Science and Development Network (SciDev.net), a UK-based web site highlighting science and technology issues from developing countries. He also freelanced for the Switzerland-based Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). Njoroge was a press fellow at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge for four months in 2003, where he researched the role of alternative press in the democratization process in Africa. Njoroge currently lives in the U.S. He has studied Journalism and Technical Communication at the graduate level. Close.

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April 21, 2009 5:32 PM

Saberi's Travesty of Justice

It shouldn't surprise anyone that a kangaroo court in Iran has finally handed down an eight-year jail sentence to Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist, for spying for the United States. The harsh sentence was practically preordained, given Iran's awful record of suppressing freedom of the press. It's probably just what the ruthless and autocratic mullahs in Tehran had in mind when they first accused Saberi of buying a bottle of wine.

As a journalist, and one who has received death threats for my writing, I find her cause particularly compelling. If indeed Iran had irrefutable evidence that Saberi was a spy, why did they try her behind closed doors? An open trial would have been a golden opportunity for Iran to lay bare the spying charges for the whole world to see, to unveil this American conspiracy against it.

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February 5, 2009 3:38 PM

Why the Drama over George Obama?

News headlines this week have screamed about George Obama, Barack Obama's half-brother from Nairobi, who was briefly jailed in Kenya on drug-related charges. The BBC News website even featured the story as "breaking news" - even though in my mind, "breaking news" is usually reserved for coups, wars, natural disasters, electoral victories, or financial scandals.

CNN followed suit, running the news item on CNN.com continuously for two days. Other news websites including HuffingtonPost.com, Telegraph.co.uk, Latimes.com and even WashingtonPost.com also followed the story closely. Which prompts me to pose the question: Why?

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January 28, 2009 10:04 AM

What Obama Owes Africa

Dear President Obama:

There's nowhere your presidency matters more than in Africa. I know some will differ with me on this; they will, rightly, say that your top priority should be to serve America. Well, I agree, but I must remind you of the folly of forgetting your roots.

Expectations are as high for your presidency in Africa as they are here in the U.S. You would deny your African roots at your own peril. Your deceased father hailed from Kenya, and that White House, where you'll be residing for the next four years, or eight years if you win in 2013, was built by African slaves. Don't you think you owe us something?

Now Mr. President, please don't get me wrong; we're not seeking handouts from your administration. We're smart enough to know America doesn't dole out freebies. What we want is an Africa that sticks to some of the ideals that you too much championed during the campaigns: democracy; respect for human rights; accountability and transparency from our leaders; trade policies that can create wealth in Africa and put more people to work. We're tired of visiting Washington with a begging bowl in hand.

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November 10, 2008 12:48 PM

Kenya Should Learn From Obama

Following Barak Obama's long predicted and historic victory, there has been joy and jubilation across the globe. From Latin America to Asia, from the Middle East to Africa and Europe it's kubaya. A new dawn has descended where those who hitherto loathed the U.S. will now embrace it.

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October 27, 2008 5:11 PM

Kenya Won't Bring Leaders to Justice

The world, I bet, has not forgotten gory scenes of death and destruction that Kenya witnessed early this year over a disputed presidential election. And the world should not forget that dark chapter of Kenyan history because the perpetrators of that mayhem have not been brought to book.

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August 21, 2008 11:21 AM

The "Morons" Are in Moscow

Which country between Russia and Georgia breeds more nincompoops? Since August 7, when Georgia tried to force - albeit unsuccessfully - the renegade South Ossetia province back to central administration, the two countries have been trading verbal jabs.

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August 12, 2008 2:43 PM

Russia's Dangerous Hypocrisy

The UN Security Council should now reintroduce its draft resolution to punish Zimbabwe's autocratic leader Robert Mugabe, and 11 of his henchmen, that Russia helped defeat on the grounds that it "infringed on Zimbabwe's sovereignty."

Why? Because Russia has invaded Georgia, a sovereign nation, which now renders the key foundation of its argument against the Zimbabwe resolution, moot.

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July 29, 2008 11:46 AM

Obama's Lost African Pulpit

When the Democratic Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, made his now-famous speech last week in Berlin, on trans-Atlantic relationships, he referenced Africa seven (7) times.

As a way of introducing himself to the “people of the world”, Obama reminded them that his father “…grew up herding goats in Kenya.” (Barack Obama Sr. hailed from Western Kenya, specifically Luo Nyanza, where fishing, not goat herding, is people’s way of life.)

To warn the world against embracing evils of divisions – whether they be racial, religious, tribal or national - Obama drew attention to the miseries the Germans underwent before the fall of the Berlin Wall. And to noisy applause from a crowd of over 200,000, Obama mentioned how similar walls have come down tumbling from Kiev to Cape Town, South Africa. In the latter, he was referring to the end of apartheid in early 1990s.

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July 18, 2008 12:31 PM

Ocampo's Faltering Prosecution

This week’s arrest warrant request from Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), for Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s war-crimes in Darfur, has triggered quite the political and diplomatic kerfuffle. Many, especially human rights organizations, have hailed the move as significant as it will deter impunity.

But the Sudanese government, obviously, has expressed its indignation at the ICC and Mr. Ocampo. Soon after Ocampo announced the charges on Monday, al-Bashir’s supporters exploded in war shrieks and political diatribes against the ICC – and many countries seemed to support it.

In a rally held in Khartoum on Sunday, soon after word leaked that the announcement of the arrest warrant was imminent, al-Bashir’s supporters marched in the streets shouting: “Death to America! Death to Israel!” (Note that the U.S. and Israel aren’t signatories of the ICC and, therefore, don’t recognize it).

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July 10, 2008 4:56 PM

Trade, Not Aid, for Africa

Why do African countries keep pushing for aid that rich countries are reluctant and unwilling to give?

G8 Summits are fast becoming synonymous with Africa’s miseries. It’s almost predictable that at the top of the agenda of every G8 Summit is how Africa is dealing with the triumvirate issues of poverty, political instability and disease. In the 2005 G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, it was Darfur. In this year’s Summit in Japan, it was a threat to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe for holding a fraudulent election and suppressing the opposition.

Actually, it has become fashionable, prior to and during these summits – forget what happens when they’re concluded - for G8 leaders to pledge tens of billions of dollars to help Africa fight poverty. These are usually in the form of aid and debt cancellations.

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