Category: Covid-19 special papers

Vaccine Diplomacy and the Agency of African States: What Can We Learn from Kenya?

David NGIRA & John HARRINGTON. Mambo! Vol. XVIII (5), 2021. The politics of access to vaccines against COVID-19 has been discussed in terms of vaccine nationalism and imperialism. However, the implication of the pandemic on the ability of African states to act internally and externally to protect the health of their citizens has been obscured. Here, we share research findings which address that question with a particular focus on Kenya.

Being Kenyan in the Times of a Crisis: Conflicting National Narratives against COVID-19

Noé MICHALON. Mambo! Vol. XVIII (2), 2021. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kenyan government developed a national narrative aimed to empower its population and give it the responsibilities the public authorities could not fully handle. Being a Kenyan, officials said, was about being resilient and innovative. This ideal-type of the resilient and responsible Kenyan was story-told broadly through an assertive media strategy that President Uhuru Kenyatta and other influential political figures put forward.

Police Brutality and Solidarity during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Mathare

Patrick MUTAHI & Kate Jane WANJIRU. Mambo! Vol. XVII (6), 2020. This paper analyses how state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic shaped security and policing of residents living in Mathare informal settlements. Relatedly, it focuses on how these residents, facing a repressive police force, mobilised and coordinated responses that protected lives and livelihoods.

Citizens’ Perception of Leadership during COVID-19 Times in Mombasa, Kenya

Fathima AZMIYA BADURDEEN. Mambo! Vol. XVII (4), 2020. Based on a qualitative methodology, this sociopolitical analysis looks into how national and county decision-making unfolded in Mombasa County, Kenya, during the COVID-19 epidemic. The article discusses the evidence-based decision-making and leadership on COVID-19 mitigating responses within a reactive, proactive and populist approach.

Covid-19 and alternative media in Kenya: case studies

Antoine KAUFFER. Mambo! vol. XVII (3), 2020. By focusing on the Kenyan case studies of a news platform, The Elephant, and a blog, Bikozulu, this article studies the way in which information is treated or produced in the context of a public health crisis, in this instance the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to address the notion of alternative media, creativity and online audience, and more broadly access to different types of information in the contemporary period.

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