Some of the most current pressing issues affecting Kenyans were reported as unemployment, the high cost of living, negative ethnicity (loyalty to one’s ethnic group above loyalty to the state), poverty and corruption. The inaccessibility of Kenyan politicians and the threat of retaliation were viewed as the principle barriers to Kenyans being able to question and receive answers from their leaders. Sema Kenya (Speak Kenya) is a BBC Media Action programme funded by a Global Grant through the UK’s Department for International Development. It aims to provide a constructive platform for Kenyans to voice their concerns about issues that affect them and directly address politicians and public officials.
BBC Media Action. Research Summary. Exploring governance in Kenya. (2012) 2 pp.