Mzalendo In The News

Posted by on 6th September 2006

Categories:   Mzalendo News

It was a pleasant surprise to find on page 2 of yesterday’s (6th September) Daily Nation. (Free registration required)

Publicity is a good thing because:

  1. More people will see what we are trying to do
  2. These people will spread the word
  3. It will be just a matter of time before everyone knows where to look to find out how they are being governed

That being said, there are  a number of inaccuracies in the article:

  1. It is not Mr Ory Okolloh. It is Ms Ory Okolloh, as is made quite clear here and here
  2. The article’s title is “Kenyans in US create website to monitor MPs”. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are not in the US. Nor do we have to be to do the things we are trying to do with

That further having being said, we’re grateful for the coverage and the interest that we see in the emails you’ve sent us. We’ll collate some of your feedback and put it up as a post.

With regards to requests for more information about Mzalendo, the following might be of help:

  1. How To Participate
  2. About Mzalendo
  3. Ory’s very first announcement
  4. M’s ruminations on Mzalendo

Thanks for passing by.

As always, we welcome ideas and suggestions on how to improve


  • by Shiroh on 7th September 2006

    And on top of that you get quoted today 7th Sep on the Nation quotes where they write today in History. Keep up the good work. I happened to meet my MP recently and i have his card, and we have some things to discuss. How would that help?

  • by Shiroh on 7th September 2006

    To start with my MP, i am from Kiharu has started a girls initiative. I guess we can talk with M on that seeing Ory is away.

  • by Mimmz on 7th September 2006

    If all those errors in the article isn't testimony that our newspapers refuse to research or to be worried about providing accurate information. And this is the Nation, who I believe, tend to give better articles than the Standard. Hopefully, people who use Mzalendo will understand how they can use it as a tool to determine who they elect in future elections.

  • by Kenyananalyst on 7th September 2006

    Congrats for publicity.

  • by POTASH on 8th September 2006

    Mimmz, it is rather obvious that these days,mainstream media is all about pulling stories out of the internet and attempting to own them. The general thinking seems to be that not many Kenyans have internet access and thus they will have no way of verifying the accuracy of these (stories) reports. As it turns out, this is a fallacious argument. Kenyans, at least those who read the newspapers, are internet 'literate'. Me in the last two weeks I have boycotted newspapers, and relied on alternative news sources- but it is just me!! Inspite of the fumbled story, at least Kenyans are now aware of yet another alternative source, innit?

  • by KOIGI wa Wamwere on 11th September 2006

    ur country suffers from the malaise of self-hate Since the white man set his foot in Kenya, consciously or unconsciously, Africans have had to wrestle with the problem of self-image. Indeed, like other people, our self-image is what has shapes our destiny. Before slavery and colonialism, we lived at peace with ourselves and the world and had no problem with self-image. When the white man came, enslaved and conquered us, he embarked on a process of eroding our self image and pride in order to maintain his conquest. Through his laws, media, religion and education, he taught us we were inferior and he was superior. We accept inferiority and self-hate with it and the more Western-educated and religious we get, the less African we become. For many years, freedom fighters resisted cultural conquest while loyalists, home guards and western educated accepted. At independence, Kenyans thought, with the departure of the white man from power, they would recover not just their stolen lands but self-image. They were wrong. When colonialism formally ended, the whiteman's cultural and ideological conquest did not vanish. African political parties, civil service, parliament, courts, schools, churches and media took up its perpetuation, promotion and current perfection. Today, our inferiority and view of foreigners as superior is total and instinctive. Indeed, the older our independence, the more mentally enslaved we have become by the Western world, not by their efforts but our own. And the more enslaved we become, the more we seem to loath liberation. We have become a nation of self-haters and self-enslavers. And I am here not talking about individual self-hate. One may love oneself perfectly but be a self-hater if one believes one’s kind is less able and others are better. Our collective inferiority has sunk us into depths of great shame. We have lost our confidence completely. We seek foreigners' approval in whatever we do and say. We consider something said, only when foreigners have said it. When they walk half-naked, we walk naked. Whom they acknowledge, we praise. Whom they ignore or attack, we kill. We seek foreigners to approve and bless us as leaders. Without them, we feel totally impotent. Oppressed nations look up to their youth for salvation. For youth to save, however, they must desire freedom more and be less mentally shackled than older people. Unfortunately, this can not be said of our youth, and I sincerely hope I am wrong. When I look at our three generations- those who fought for independence, perpetrators of Western cultural domination after uhuru and today’s youth, the oldest are the best and the youth, least inspiring. The middle generation is however the worst. They made their children Westernized robots, emasculated by dictatorship and adulation of foreigners whom we always associate with money and success. When Kenya Football Federation therefore pushed our national team, Harambee Stars, to Ruaraka to practice for their match with Eritrea, which they lost, and invited the better known Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions to practice in Kasarani, Kenya's best field, I am surprised the media expressed surprise at all. What KFF did is what all of us do in turns. Though Senator Barrack Obama has done nothing spectacular, other than sharing the feat of having a Kenyan father with millions of Kenyans, when he came to Kenya from South Africa, our media put him at a pedestal with Jesus, the Superstar, following him wherever he went, covering live and repeating his speech at University of Nairobi and generally giving him inordinate coverage in our papers and TV stations. Kenyan media gave Senator Obama coverage they or American media would never give a Kenyan MP, President, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai or any of their own. Why? Momentarily, I thought they must believe "Senator" means president-elect and not the American equivalent of Kenyan MP. Then they said they found him a born leader star quality with youthful looks and deep-voiced, I could not help wondering why these great qualities Kenyan media saw in Obama were not noticed in all those other countries he visited including South Africa where David Mendell, an American journalist travelling with him said: "He could walk down the street without any trouble." A few people noticed and said "this is that Senator" but nothing more. Why was Kenyan media different? Because Obama like the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon was foreign and successful. That is what we worship. Is it not a measure of inferiority complex that Kenyan media will give an American senator what coverage American media will never give an African, including Mandela? Before Senator Obama, there were the Artur brothers. For weeks and months, all we heard from our media, before some of them ended up in their laps, was Artur Margaryan and Artur Sargsyan. The criminal notoriety of the Armenian con men may have deserved some coverage but no Kenyan criminal would have been given pages and pages of coverage, week after week. These foreign criminals got far more coverage than the good works of great Kenyans like Prof Ngugi wa Thiongo, Prof Ali Mazrui or Dr Calestus Juma would ever get. To our media, flamboyant foreign criminality deserves preference over Kenyan greatness! This is how little we think of us. And of course, I cannot conclude this article without the mention of Sir Edward Clay, the former British High Commissioner and darling of Kenyan media. Like with Senator Obama, when Clay lambasted corruption, Kenyan media gave it tons of coverage, as if they were hearing it for the first time and applauded more loudly than when any Kenyan said the same. We may agree with whatever foreigners say, but there is something seriously wrong with us if an issue makes sense and a song sounds sweet only when a foreigner says or sings it. It is time we stopped being parrots and apes of other people. Otherwise, we will remain behind, poor and crippled forever.

  • by Mwenye Nchi on 27th September 2006

    The publicity is great but the Nation saying that ur based in the U.S obviously shows the disconnect with the mainstream media. Hasn't anyone at the Nation never been on mzalendo or the KBW blogring before that article? The challenge now is perhaps getting the 18-35 year old to log on to Mzalendo first and not when they go down to the cyber cafe.