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Choices are said to have consequences well put, but are choices too a subset of status quo from history. Does behavior and decision anchor onto conditioning?  Anger and confusion are sweeping across Kenya’s poorest constituency, Mathare, over the fate of local residents and their welfare concerns following a scaring influx of moneyed outsiders vying for the area’s parliamentary seat and appearing to be very eager to confine residents to mere observers.


…do people in slums have the power to make political decisions?

The BIG FISH are George Wanjohi (TNA – stays in Thome estate in Parklands constituency), Stephen Kariuki (ODM – stays in Runda and Kileleshwa in Westlands Constituency), Tom Alila (KANU – from Rangwe Constituency), Joseph Mbae (WIPER – stays in Kileleshwa but is a politician from Gatanga constituency in Murang’a county) and lawyer Anthony Oluoch (ODM – stays in Imara Daima Estate along Mombasa road). Political Tourists who  neither know, live, understand nor share the problems of area residents.

They conspire to use their financial muscle to win all the major political party tickets to ensure local voters are conditioned to strictly pick one of them as next MP by virtue of political party affiliations and loyalty that seems to go along ethnic lines.

But how do influential national  political leaders manouver to force area voters to vote for them?. Who, where or what exactly is the problem?

THE CARTEL which has sitting Members of parliament as key players has mapped Nairobi constituencies and singled out constituencies to execute the plan. Mathare, Ruaraka, Kibra, Starehe, Dagoreti, Westlands and Kasarani have sprawling slums that have traditionally provided cheap labour to the affluent , upmarket , leafy estates of Lavington, Karen, Runda, Muthaiga, Buruburu, Thome, Garden Estate, Kitusuru, Kilimani and Westlands among others.

They believes that the advent of CDF, school bursaries, Uwezo Fund, Free Primary education among other affirmative action plans is likely to empower slum dwellers  and eat away at their social disadvantages and abject poverty that have always made them available for easy exploitation. For this reason, the cartel has recruited and deployed foot soldiers among them sitting MPs to frustrate the utilisation of these funds in the above constituencies so that affected slum dwellers do not benefit.

It was not surprising that many outside MPs and Politicians living in the posh Nairobi estates descended in large numbers on Mathare constituency to rally locals to vote for either choice candidates. 

Do Mathare residents have a say, can they have their way, do they need external influence? What exactly is the point of diversion? Is politics a different plate from poverty and family development. Why don’t the electorate connect their growth and economic development to choice and influence of local leadership?

For all these and more….read my next post on TRUTH BEHIND ELECTIONS.




Valeria and Nicole of Slumcode share a nice moment after the training sessions Day II of the Prefest Experience in Huruma. http://www.facebook.com/slumfest for more details




Briefing the team Leaders after the sessions at The Slumcode Centre, after Day II of the Pre-fest Season II 8 Week Experience which is totally changing the way young people operate in Huruma and beyond.



Celebrating International Youth Day and Slumcode 6th Anniversary 2012 at The Slumcode Centre rooftop was an amazing experience for the Huruma Community.

One would be shocked that when I asked a group of over 50 kids from ages 4 – 16 what the word “Nation” meant; it was easier to connect my answer to a local Kenyan newspaper in circulation and a secular music group called, The Swahili Nation than to some sovereign state. My effort to explain the word “International” almost hit a dead end as none could relate (nation) to (country). My deduction – enhancing a reading culture must be at the core of developing this community. (more…)


To empower Kenyan youth and enhance a reading culture; a call to action best sends the message. Caroline Mutoko a renowned Media Professional with Radio Africa’s KISS100; an FM Station with huge following in Kenya through her Big Breakfast Show which is Authoritative and Precise on issues, couldn’t say it better, “I am big on education, I am big on reading. I love what Slumcode is doing.” Together with a fellow avid reader; Mr. John Ngumi CFC Stanbic Director Investment Banking Africa, joined efforts in the donation of over 100 Inspirational, best reader novels and poetry books by Kwani.

Arvn Emmanuel admires “The Facebook Effect”

The approval of a role model of such standing signifies authenticity of our initiative. African’s are not originally keen readers hence the adage, to hide anything from them, put it in a book. Not any more as we can boast some of the best Professors in Medicine, Research, Tech and Law fields.

Spending time with Emmanuel Karuku (11), Faith Atieno (14) and Dabraham Mbugua (10) (more…)


Slumfest III Poster

An Idea

A neighborhood naturally shares in the habits of its dwellers. Societal conformities differ from one region to another, wealth distribution, social engagements and capacity to attract others towards its very interests. An opportunity presented itself through the formation and establishment of The Slumcode Group and a need to connect communities to possibilities identified. Corprate Social Responsibility – CSR had to take a new twist and we had the idea to do just that. Slumfest therefore was conceptualized in 2007 by Albert Nashon and The Slumcode Team as an annual thematic event. It is a day to display, a platform to inform and a place to showcase. Business meets people in a setting of arts and entertainment, feast and fun. (more…)


Sex has a gratifying power and can be greatly abused.

…a while back so am told our parents wore the shortest dresses around and even took photos with a great deal of their upper legs above the knees pretty exposed – that was in the 60s or maybe 50s and life went on with great respect and morality, and so Dolly Parton found words for her classic Harper ValleyPTA where Ms. Jackson wore her dress way too high. (more…)