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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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Runaway corruption is increasing poverty in Kenya

James Wakibia

By James Wakibia Corruption remains one of Kenya’s biggest threat to development. Every successive year Transparency International lists our beloved nation amongst the most corrupt nations on the face of the earth. It’s not something to be proud of. It is not like marathons and javelin that we should be proud of. No, it’s something every sane person should be ...

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Why Senate should not be scrapped

Senate Speaker David Ekwee Ethuro. Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

By George Githinji The functions of the Senate are largely related to the Counties and laws that touch on the Counties. Still, despite the Senate having a lesser legislative portfolio than the National Assembly, it has a crucial role to play in the sphere of politics and governance and the calls for it to be scrapped are mere dog barks ...

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Prophet Owuor, Ruth Odinga keep Kisumu in the social media spotlight

Prophet David Owuor. He is in Kisumu where his spending has been the talk of town. [Photo: shamblerambles.wordpress]

Kisumu has been the centre of attention these past few days thanks to Prophet Dr. David Owuor who is in the town for a revival crusade. It has been one week of good business for hoteliers as most of them are said to be fully booked for the Repentance and Holiness Ministry faithful who have flocked the lakeside city. Plans ...

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Ombudsman wants Lands PS fired over incompetence

Mariamu el Maawy (R) with former Lands acting CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i. The Ombudsman wants Maawy relieved of her duties. [Photo: mygov.go.ke]

The Commission on Administrative Justice, Ombudsman, has asked the President to remove from office Lands Principal Secretary, Arch. Mariamu el Maawy. The Ombudsman says this is on grounds of prejudicial and improper conduct through inaction, unresponsiveness, inefficiency and ineptitude. In a statement, the commission said “The Commission has noted with concern that the Principal Secretary has failed in her ultimate ...

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Does Narok chaos portend expectations for 2017?

Major Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery. He has ordered the police to ensure peace prevails in Narok. [Photo: trending.co.ke]

It is like a tradition that every end of the year, a section of Kenyans has to be uprooted from their homes due to ‘inter-community’ skirmishes. In what is seemingly a deeply programmed malaise in the national psyche, these displacements are a pointer to the deep-rooted problems that Kenyans have when it comes to relating with each other. Despite voting ...

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Will garbage in Nairobi send Governor Kidero home?

One of the garbage trucks operating in Nairobi. The city is however becoming one big  dump site. [Photo: YouTube]

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is the talk of Twitter town following a report aired on Citizen TV detailing how the City in the sun has become one big dump site. The accumulation of garbage in Nairobi has become synonymous with the county government as collection and disposal seem to have died with the coming of the county government. Most people ...

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Will 2016 herald a new dawn for Kenya after Eurobond scandal?

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. He recently stated that his ministry does not know where Eurobonds proceeds were used. Photo courtesy of www.kenya-today.com

We are heading into the end of the year and with just a few days remaining, it is a year whose events Kenyans hope will not be repeated. Corruption has threatened to tear the country apart as different camps take sides for or against those accused of benefitting from the vice. Kenya is now heavily indebted and pundits have given ...

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Freedom of expression invaluable in development

Panelists during the Human Rights forum organized by the Bloggers Association of Kenya. From left: Alice Maranga from FIDA, Kibra MP. Hon. Ken Okoth, Peter Nguura from Amref, Waikwa Wanyoike - Executive Director Katiba Institute, Steve Ogolla from ICJ-Kenya and Jamie Pennell First Secretary of the Canadian High Commission.

Article 33 of the Constitution of Kenya states that every person has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom to seek, receive or impart information or ideas, freedom of artistic creativity, academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. The right to freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. However, it has limitations and the same article further ...

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Concerted efforts required to end early marriages in Kenya

A young girl holds a baby at a clinic

Today, December 10th, the world marks the Human Rights Day and Kenya will join the rest of the international community to commemorate the day set aside by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight specific issues on human rights and promote awareness on human rights all over the world. Although Kenya being a young democracy has made major strides in upholding ...

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Makueni Governor outlines his key achievements in the last two years

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana giving the State of the County address
Photo:Governor's Press

Makueni County Governor Kivutha Kibwana has outlined health, infrastructural development and issuance of title deeds as some of the key accomplishments that the County Government has achieved in the last two years. Kibwana said the county had performed exemplary well in all the health indicators compared to the national average and retaliated his government’s commitment in providing quality, accessible and ...

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We need proper laws to ensure accountability of County officials

Auditor General Edward Ouko. Photo courtesy of www.kenya-today.com

By George Githinji Recent happenings in the county governments point to a leadership that is not properly endowed with the requisite skills essential to steer these entities. For example, Nyamira county government puts up a gate for sh9 million, Governor Lusaka of Bungoma buys 10 wheelbarrows at an inflated cost of sh109,000 each, and Embu Governor Martin Wambora pays sh2 ...

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