Otieno, Mathew
9 Articles at Lifeissues.net

Mathew Otieno writes from Nairobi, Kenya.


Washing hands in the slums

Combating the coronavirus outbreak calls for humble innovations.

Date posted: 2020-04-15

Why has coronavirus largely spared Africa?

When it became clear that the novel coronavirus coming out of China was destined to be a pandemic, international concern quickly zeroed in on how countries with weak health systems, most of which are in Africa, would be affected. It was feared that they would be quickly overwhelmed by the virus and left reeling.

Date posted: 2020-03-20

Homosexual acts remain illegal in Kenya

A three-judge bench at the Kenyan High Court in Nairobi recently upheld sections of the country's penal code that criminalise homosexual intercourse. A suit to repeal these parts had been brought to the court by a coalition of LGBT advocacy groups, which claimed that they contravened the Constitution's provisions on privacy and freedom from discrimination.

Date posted: 2019-06-15

Nairobi attack: nothing brings out the best in Kenyans like this kind of cruelty

We are a quarrelsome lot, but we know how to rise above it.

Date posted: 2019-01-19

It's time to kick an abortion giant out of Kenya

Marie Stopes International has been called to account, but decisive action should follow.

Date posted: 2018-12-26

Africa is topping the right lists

The continent ranks ahead of the world in some good things too. It has been a long time coming, but more and more African countries and cities are starting to feature prominently on worldwide rankings, and for good reasons.

Date posted: 2017-04-01

The Netherlands wants to fund abortions in Africa

The Dutch went ahead with their conference on "reproductive and sexual health" and raised $250 million for abortions in Africa, which nobody needs. If ever there was a list of grossly misplaced priorities, I would be greatly puzzled if this case didn't make the top of it.

Date posted: 2017-03-21

In Kenya and America, absent dads linked with crime

There is a Kenyan joke that goes somewhat like this: Police in Kiambu, Kenya, were overwhelmed by the amount of crime in the county. So they outsourced a machine from the Germans to help them apprehend thieves. It didn't help. The machine itself was stolen. In Kenya the problem has a tribal aspect too.

Date posted: 2016-08-02

Africa needs to invest in its youth, not prevent their being born

Much has been written about the growing population of Africa and its youthfulness. According to the UN's latest projections, Africa will have 4.4 billion people by 2100, accounting for 39 percent of the world's population and almost half of its young people below 14.

Date posted: 2016-03-20