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Pombola is a parliamentary monitoring (PMO) platform; its biggest instance is Mzalendo, a volunteer run project whose mission is to "keep an eye on the Kenyan Parliament".
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This web app allows you to store and share information on public figures, especially politicians.

Please see the Operations Manual which covers all aspects of running a Pombola site.

For an overview of the system please see the files in docs/ - especially


Please join the Mzalendo Users Google group for discussion about running Pombola-based websites. This is also where announcements etc will be made.!forum/mzalendo-users

There is also the Poplus mailing list for some of the code used to make the site. This includes MapIt (for the boundaries), PopIt (a person data storage engine that Pombola will be changed to use in the future), and SayIt (a speech data storage system, similarly):!forum/poplus


Please see docs/INSTALL.txt

To change your site's look and feel please see the styling notes.


Please see docs/ file


The Pombola codebase was originally written for the Kenyan site It has since been modified to support other sites around the world, notably several in Africa.

We want the code to be easy to use for other installations, but currently there are some rough edges.

We also intend to replace the core app's models with an external data store. This will be done using PopIt which is a project that we are currently working on.

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