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Shitemi is the Kenya Monitor Managing Editor. He trains journalists on basics of journalism, storytelling, conflict sensitive journalism and devolution.

Dangerous Meal: Reflections of a Nature Photographer

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By Kioko Kivandi I was photographing a wounded Marabou Stork on the shores of Lake Naivasha on Saturday March 25 when a Hammerkop appeared from nowhere and rested on the shallow end of the lake.   Nearer to thee: This stork had a difficulty in walking and it seemed as if it was nearing its death bed. At first the ...

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Why organizations should pay and train their interns

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By George Githinji In the last few years, organizations claim that the current groups of graduates are unemployable. They make further claims that universities and other tertiary institutions of learning are churning out ‘half-baked’ graduates whose needs are out of league with the needs and trends of the market. What that means is that the current crop of graduates lack ...

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Engaging with the Constitution of Kenya

Cartoon on leader with no time for citizens

By Freshiah Wairimu Ever heard someone explain a concept so well that you had to share it? At the recently concluded training for CSOs on ‘Monitoring the Right to Health’ conducted by Kelin, I did. Mr. Awele, an advocate, explained the Constitution in a simple way. As he put it; In the beginning, each individual’s rights and privileges were limitless. ...

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Court declines Vimal Shah’s request to compel Google and Twitter to pull down Blogger Nyakundi’s posts

Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi. Photo courtesy of niaje.com

A request by billionaire Vimalkumar Bhimji Depar Shah and his company Bidco to compel Google and Twitter to enforce a mandatory injunction on content by blogger Cyprian Nyakundi was declined by Justice Aburili Roselyne Ekirapa in an ongoing defamation case. In the case, civil suit 300 of 2015, Vimal Shah and Bidco have sued Stephen Jennings, Rendeavour Group, Preston Mendenhall, Artem Gurevich, Aly Khan  Satchu ...

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Blogger Dennis Owino held by Police for six hours without a reason

Dennis Owino (@KinyanBoy). Photo courtesy of Twitter.

Blogger Dennis Owino, popularly known as @KinyanBoy was yesterday arrested and held for six hours without being told the reason for his arrest. Dennis was also not told of his accuser. While walking along Harambee Avenue around 1.00pm yesterday, Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers who had been trailing him arrested him and took him to KICC police station. They did ...

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Deputy President William Ruto sues Boniface Mwangi for defamation over a tweet

Boniface Mwangi. Photo courtesy of hashtagsquare.co.ke

Deputy President William Ruto has filed a defamation case against activist Boniface Mwangi over a tweet terming it false and malicious. I hope Deputy President has no plans of killing me the way he killed his old friend,Jacob Juma a fellow thief who became a whistle blower. — #BMUnBounded (@bonifacemwangi) September 28, 2016 In his suit papers filed today, Ruto wants ...

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Deputy President William Ruto threatens to sue Boniface Mwangi for defamation

Boniface Mwangi. Photo courtesy of hashtagsquare.co.ke

Deputy President William Ruto has threatened to sue Boniface Mwangi over his tweet which he says was false and malicious. The words in their ordinary and plain meaning are defamatory and they have severely injured our client’s reputation, reads a demand letter from Ruto’s lawyer Kioko Kilukumi. The tweet from Boniface Mwangi reads   I hope Deputy President has no plans ...

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Media Council of Kenya condemns assault of a K24 reporter

Dr. Haron Mwangi and the Council chair Charles Kerich during a past press conference. Photo courtesy of kenyanewsagency.go.ke

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has condemned the assault of K24 reporter Duncan Wanga two days ago terming it an unlawful and unfortunate act against freedom of the media. On 27th September 2016, Duncan Wanga while covering an event in Eldoret,  was allegedly harassed, brutally attacked and his camera destroyed by police. According to Mr. Wanga, the police had earlier warned him ...

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Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi given a warning over contempt of court in Safaricom suit

Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi. Photo courtesy of niaje.com

Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi was yesterday let go with a warning against continuous contempt of court in a defamation suit in which Safaricom’s Bob Collymore and Michael Joseph have sued him for defamation. Following a complaint on his contempt of court orders when the case was first mentioned, the petitioners filed an application for contempt. The court had given an injunction ...

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Why Jackson Njeru and Jackline Okuta were jailed for contempt of court

Jackson Njeru. Photo courtesy of www.africacelebritynews.com

On June 14th 2016, Justice Mbogholi Msagha sentenced Jackline Okuta and Jackson Njeru to three months imprisonment or sh500,000 fine for failing to abide by a court’s restraining order against mentioning lawyer Cecil Miller on online platforms. The order, made on 12th April 2016 restraint them, their agents or servants from posting on Facebook or any other media platform including ...

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The gift Willy Mutunga should have given Kenyans before his retirement

Former Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya Dr. Willy Mutunga.

By Kioko wa Kivandi For years now Kenya has been holding discussions about the formation of a special division within the High Court with a local judicial mandate over crimes similar to the ones that were committed following the disputed 2007 presidential elections results. The division, which has since come to be known as the International and Organised Crimes Division ...

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Jackson Njeru jailed for three months for contempt of court

Jackson Njeru. Photo courtesy of www.africacelebritynews.com

Jackson Njeru was jailed for three months on Tuesday for contempt of court by a Nairobi Magistrate. Njeru was jailed alongside Jackline Ogutu aka Nyako Ber, both being Facebook administrators of the group Buyer Beware. Their crime was that being group administrators, they did not bring down a post from a member of the group that mentioned prominent lawyer Cecil ...

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