In Makueni the arrogance of power and corruption are being resisted. And that is exceptional in Kenya

Wote(Joost Bastmeijer)

All pictures by Joost Bastmeijer

At the end of the day , beaming with confidence Salome Nzyoka walks into a nursery in Wote to pick up her son. “I have been empowered”, the young woman says. As a member of the people’s committee, she oversaw the creation of this childcare center.

Since the introduction of a new constitution in 2010 citizens in the county of Makueni have been involved in new development projects. In this case it is a day-care centre, but it could also have been a mango processing factory or a dam. The secret of success? Using the money for development in a transparent, non-corrupt and democratic way. It is so simple but at the same time for Kenya it is a remarkable political renewal, led by 65-year-old governor Kivutha Kibwana. “If Kenya ever gets a national leader like we have here in Makueni, then things will work out for Kenya”, Salome Nzyoka says.Continue reading →

Sudanese are drunk on freedom

Sit in for army headquarters

Looking worried Abelmonim stands with his two young daughters among the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in front of the military complex in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. “My daughters forced me to come here,” he says. “They want to experience the revolution.” The girls, in traditional pink robes only showing part of their faces, giggle amusingly. The power struggle between the civilians and the soldiers who overthrew dictator Bashir earlier April is continuing. And with that also this sit-in. “Dad, can we come again tomorrow,” the daughters ask.

Further up in the crowd, anger strikes among a group of women in tight pants. They want an immediate transfer of the military’s power to the civilians. They clench their fists, turn to the Department of Defense and chant, “We won’t let the army steal the revolution.” They turn their anger against military ruler Abdel-Fattah Burhan. Until recently, the demonstrators thought that he would swiftly transfer power to the citizens, but that has not happened yet. The military council summoned protesters, who have been participating in this sit-in since the beginning of April, to clear the field and clear the roads ‘immediately’.

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