Muthoki Mumo

Journalist, Writer, Press Freedom Advocate.

I am a Kenyan writer. I have previously written for the Daily Nation and Business Daily in Nairobi, Kenya. I work for the Committee to Protect Journalists, as the Sub-Saharan Africa Representative.


Committee to Protect Journalists

Under Abiy, Ethiopia's media have more freedom but challenges remain

During a trip to Addis Ababa in January, it was impossible to miss the signs that Ethiopian media are enjoying unprecedented freedom. A flurry of new publications were on the streets. At a public forum that CPJ attended, journalists spoke about positive reforms, but also openly criticized their lack of access to the government. At a press conference, journalists from state media and the Oromia Media Network, an outlet previously banned and accused of terrorism, sat side by side.

On World Press Freedom Day, Let us Ask: #WhereIsAzory?

This is part of a series of features and op-eds to mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3. Speaking in parliament recently, Tanzania's information minister, Harrison Mwakyembe, wondered why people were still concerned about the whereabouts of Azory Gwanda, a freelance journalist who went missing in November 2017 in the country's Coast Region.

Kenyan journalists harassed, detained reporting on election violence

Nairobi, August 17, 2017--Authorities in Kenya should credibly investigate incidents of harassment against journalists covering the aftermath of August 8's disputed elections and should reform Kenya's Firearms Act to lower the barriers on journalists' ability to wear protective gear, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Wandering Nairobian

Daily Nation
MUMO: The cyclist from Leicester

Thursday August 11 2016 Back in the auditorium, I listen to one of those rock-star academics whose autographs you might request. I have always arrived at the scene of Nairobi's accidents a moment too late - after the bodies have been moved and the dust has covered the blood.

Paris feels like home

This is my second visit to Paris and I am already finding the city painfully familiar. Paris has the look and feel of a place braving its way through grief after terror and struggling to find meaning in pain. I have seen this before, in Nairobi.

Nomad Magazine Africa
A Walk through Kenyatta Market

The hair braiders of Kenyatta Market wait at the bus stop and entry to the market like odd sentries that are only armed with colourful samples of their work. These women will sweet talk and bully you into their salons. At Divine Beauty Salon, stall 381, I cave to two maroon braids that hang oddly from my nape.

Technology and Telecoms

Business Daily
Mobile money access: Rosy numbers that do not quite add up

Counting mobile money tills, the research argues, is like trying to measure the level of access to banking services by counting the tellers in the country. It is likely that more than half of these tellers are in urban areas and without knowledge of the branch network, you will never know that a woman in rural Makueni has to take a bus to deposit money into her bank account. The result? A too rosy picture of the mobile money market.

Companies reaching the unreached population with fast Internet

There is a general perception of the people living on the other side of the digital divide. But in Kibera, this perception is revealed as a distortion. In Kibera, there is more of a continuum, less of a digital divide.

Foreign Policy and Trade

Irony of foul-smelling fresh produce market

Wakulima is Kenya's largest wholesale fresh produce market. In addition to Chinese garlic, the market’s inventory includes apples from France, oranges from Tanzania and onions from Uganda.One of marikiti's milestones was the killing of 6,000 rats in 2005 during a rare clean-up exercise. County workers who would usually give journalists the stink-eye become talkative once the subject of the market's drainage and hygiene comes up.

Kenyan business looks north as Ethiopia opens up

As the Ethiopian Airlines flight descends into Addis Ababa, it is clear that the city is a construction zone, the most visible sign of the country's economic transformation. Seen from hundreds of metres in the sky, yellow earth movers burrow into the ground and shape a new landscape that speaks of an on-going revolution.

Nairobi's meteoric rise hampered by failings

Jane Weru, a lawyer who litigates on behalf of the urban poor, describes Nairobi as one would an especially confident young woman.“Nairobi is edgy,” she begins. “It’s a bit brash. It’s not shy. It’s young and it is a city on the go.”


SHORT STORY: A new home on the plains

Magazine In Summary Now we're emptying ourselves into this eighth acre - pouring out all our money and all our hopes. We've come to this place on the barren plains to start anew. But as I look around, I wonder if anything can thrive here apart from the thorns.

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