Volume 19, Issue 3, 2022


First Word

This Issue celebrates our former Chief Justice, Dr Willy Mutunga, and uses the occasion to learn more of the impact he has had on some of the personages he has interacted with. First and foremost, we would like to thank Willy for so willingly and promptly responding to our several requests for information. Then a big Asante Sana to all the writers who have risen to the occasion and given us these interesting…


Football Mania

Britain is a football mad country, and so there was widespread jubilation when England beat Iran 6-2 and Wales drew with the US (1-1) on their opening matches. But there was much more to it than simple merriment, and that was to do with a deep-seated sense of entitlement that is characteristic of all the four `home` nations of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, of whom England is the dominant partner. The Brits have always believed and claimed that football belongs to them, having developed its modern form as a team sport with codified rules which spread across Europe, North and South America and Australasia, and…

Special Feature

Mind Your Language – A Wordy But True Tale

Before I traveled to Buhugu in Uganda in 2010 at the beginning of winter (in south-eastern Uganda the end of the first of two annual rainy seasons), I did not suspect that there was anything as established as Ugandan English. That people speaking English in Uganda erred in definable ways, along marked pathways. Did not err, in fact. Ugandan English was something that Ugandans spoke well. My own errors in English change continuously, or so I imagine. I hear myself making them and I try to correct them, sometimes even in the moment of…

The Beginnings of Left Ideology In Kenya

This article seeks to trace the early beginnings of a left ideology in Kenya, its actors and the period under which it arose and developed. Though we have records of actual protests organized by Mombassans against Portuguese colonialism on the East African coast dating back to the 17th century; and then later against British colonialism by Waiyaki wa Hinga, MeKatilili and others, the first incidences of a conscious anti-imperialist struggle having a left orientation become evident in British East Africa, when a group of Indians who…

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Awaaz is a magazine published tri-annually out of Nairobi, Kenya. It aims to provide a broad platform for debate and reflection on issues of both contemporary and historical interest. What started off in 2002 as a focus on the role of the South Asian community in the historical, political and socio-economic spheres of Kenya; has now broadened to cover the larger debates on diversity, democracy, human rights and social justice. The magazine also critically examines the role of minorities both as communities in Kenya and East Africa; as well as a concept of human rights in a society be they ethnic, racial, gender based, sexual or political.

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