Clifford Derrick’s Weblog

Rising insecurity very worrying


Raila Odinga, Kenyan Presidential candidate

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WE IN THE PENTAGON HAVE watched with growing alarm the spate of violence, killings and ethnic cleansing that is sweeping the nation in advance of the December 27 election. Writes, Raila Odinga in the Nation online. Continue reading


December 4, 2007 Posted by | News, Politics | Leave a comment

Rigging of election: Real not perceived


West African street soldiers

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Rigging is real. It is not right to pretend that rigging can only take place on the actual voting day. Writes, Clifford Derrick. Continue reading

December 2, 2007 Posted by | Politics | 1 Comment

PNU in a plot to print parallel ballots in Belgium


Ballot box

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Kibaki’s conspiracy against democracy

Heinous shemes by Kibaki cronies to rig this year’s general election have been detected and can now be exposed. Writes Clifford Derrick Continue reading

November 30, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Breaking news: Hate-Leaflets headed to Rift Valley



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Government Printers has printed Posters in Kalenjin depicting Hon Raila Odinga hanging former President Daniel Moi and also pointing a gun to his waist. Writes, Clifford Derrick. Continue reading

November 25, 2007 Posted by | media | Leave a comment

Steadman condemned for opinion polls manipulation


The Kenyan presidential flag 2003
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Steadman credibility crisis

Kenyans abroad have added their voice in criticising the latest open discrepancies in the Steadman political opinion polls and the biased media coverage in favour of the incumbent. Writes, Clifford Derrick. Continue reading

November 24, 2007 Posted by | media | 1 Comment

Objectivity thrown to the dogs


A picture of a pen

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Interesting time

This must be interesting times for the editors and readers of the Daily Nation alike. There were days when the Daily Nation was a paper of integrity, and its editors had trust that we as its readers could make sense of whatever news they reported. Writes Akech-Akoko. Continue reading

November 21, 2007 Posted by | media | 2 Comments

Media and politics: The Kenyan press and election coverage


 The Kenyan press and the election coverage

The Kenyan parliamentary nominations are underway with violence, chaos and rigging recoded in all the three main political parties. Reading all the three major Kenyan newspapers, the Nation, the Standard and the Kenya Times, it would seem that the Kenyan media deliberately attempts to portray one particular opposition party as the most violent and undemocratic in their handling of nomination compared to the other two political parties. Yet arguably, no single political party has successfully conducted their nominations without a hitch. Writes Clifford Derrick Continue reading

November 18, 2007 Posted by | media | 2 Comments

PNU Manifesto:Yet Another Deceit by Kibaki


Raila Odinga

Picture: Courtesy of the Standard newspaper

A stale promisossory note

I read the so-called ten-point Kibaki’s promissory note to Kenyans and noted with regret how the president has once again attempted to issue Kenyans with a stale cheque with no funds at all. Writes Clifford Derrick. Continue reading

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Why are the Kenyan media protecting Lucy Kibaki?


 Lucy Kibaki

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Why are the Kenyan media protecting Lucy Kibaki?

The state of media freedom in Kenya is worrying. The current government does not support freedom of expression and the media are forced to apply self-censorship in order to survive. This is dangerous to the democracy because it does not encourage rational critical debate, instead it perpetuates the culture of spiral of conspiracy. Writes Clifford Derrick Continue reading

November 11, 2007 Posted by | media | 2 Comments

Raila Maintains the lead


Raila Odinga

Picture: courtesy of The Standard Newspapers 

On the lead

Kenyan opposition Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has for the fouth time maintained his lead in the opinion poll as the most preferred candidate in the coming general election. Writes, Clifford Derrick Continue reading

November 9, 2007 Posted by | Politics | 3 Comments