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How lack of water denies Kenyans the ‘right to life’ in West Pokot

One of the sand dams in West Pokot used for collecting water during the rainy season and which purifies it through natural filtration. [Photo: Njenga Hakeenah]

‘Pusu poltoy cho relach’ meaning, like clouds in the sky, new people will replace old ones but people will continue to exist. This Pokot saying shows they believe in a future. As the climate change debate continues and with COP 21 coming to an end in France this weekend, this future is at stake. In a place where basic necessities ...

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Of Pope Francis, the ecological sin and why we need to confess

The Pope arrives at Kasarani for a meeting with the youth on November 27. He wants men to be more concerned of the care for the environment (Photo: Kioko Kivandi).

As we mark the international human rights day this year, Kenya and the rest of the world is mourning the death of the ‘Marsh Pride’ who were poisoned in the Mara. The death calls to mind the many deaths of wild animals that have died out of human-wildlife conflict the world over. But they also bring to mind the many ...

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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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Schooling under the gun common in Turkana

A makeshift classroom. Children have to learn under the watchful eyes of police reservists due to bandit attacks. [Photo: Malachi Motano]

By Malachi Motano As many different school motto’s read; Education is the Key to success, Knowledge is light, profession is power and the general belief that it is education that transforms young boys and girls into useful men and women in the society, learning in the pastoral communities in Kenya continue to face many hurdles. This writer traveled to Turkana ...

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FGM is a tool to protect the spread of HIV, Maasais say

A group of Maasai women. Some believe that FGM helps keep a woman chaste. [Photo: Malachi Motano]

By Malachi Motano “Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years,” Nashilu Lenteiyo, the senior Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) ‘surgeon’ in the Maasai community of Ol Donyo Nyokie, tells a reporter. She adds, “No one can convince us that it is wrong.” The women believe that an uncut woman has sexual feelings for every man she ...

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KENIC’s shut down of a Kenyan Domain an infringement on internet Freedoms

A goodie bag from the just ended KENIC campaign encouraging Kenyans to take up .co.ke domains

Earlier today, a Kenyan registered website www.isUhuruInKenya.co.ke was brought down by Kenya's Top Level domain custodian KENIC. The website which was created last week on Friday 4th December, was deleted today at 6am in the morning in what the Kenya Monitor team has deduced to be pressure from the government following its popularity as Kenyans Online continue to build pressure on the current government to account for the president's numerous travels abroad.

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Should Kenya legalise corruption as it morphs into a monster?

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta (R) greets his supporters with his running mate, William Ruto after attending a news conference in Nairobi on March 9, 2013. The two have been indicted by Kenyans for not doing enough to fight corruption. [Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola]

For the past several months, runaway corruption and the lethargy expressed by the highest office in the country to fight have been the talk for many Kenyans. Billions have been lost in shady projects whose expenditure cannot be explicitly proved or explained. The country continues on more borrowing sprees, further burdening the taxpayer who continues paying for either no service ...

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Bankers Association says house prices have increased modestly in the third quarter

Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) CEO Habil Olaka (left) and KBA Director of Research and Financial Markets Policy Jared Osoro during the launch of the KBA Housing Price Index findings for Quarter 3 2015. [Photo: KBA]

Average house prices in Kenya increased by 1.26 per cent during the third quarter of 2015 representing a relatively faster increase compared to the previous quarter’s 0.2 per cent increase. According to the Kenya Bankers Association Housing Price Index (KBA-HPI), the observed modest price movement signals the softening of the overall house prices in line with the demand and supply ...

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Okiya Omtatah stokes Eurobond fire as Kenyans seek answers

Activist Okiya Okoiti Omtatah. Photo credit www.businessdailyafrica.com

The Eurobond controversy has refused to go away. This is despite the government giving all manner of assurances that the country is doing well financially. The topic which has been on the lips of many Kenyans, on and off social media platforms, has been one seeking answers which have not been forthcoming. In an editorial cartoon in one of the ...

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Parents advised to embrace family planning for better education

Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu addressing participants at the forum. [Photo:Malachi Motano]

By Malachi Motano Parents have been advised practice family planning in order to offer quality education to their children. Teachers must also enhance good teacher-pupil interaction so as to create a good environment for learning and allow the students to open up to them. Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu speaking at an education forum organized by Uwezo Kenya Educational researchers at Mbale ...

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Human rights defenders urged to monitor, document human rights abuses

Kimutai Birech from NCHRD-K explaining a point to participants on how to monitor and document human rights violations. [Photo:  Wema Fadhili]

By Wema Fadhili As the country gears towards the 2017 general elections, actors dealing in human rights issues have been urged to be on the lookout in documenting human rights violation while doing monitoring. “Documentation holds key to accuracy, accountability and transparency. Lack of documentation has contributed to those committing atrocities get away with it,” said Otieno Aluoka from the ...

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Kakuma Refugee Camp to benefit from EU’s financial boost to UNICEF

A view of Kakuma Refugee Camp. The camp has received Sh 100 million to help address cholera outbreaks and child mortality. [Photo: globalviews.dk]

The European Commission has signed two agreements with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to fund humanitarian programmes for children and women in Kenya worth €895,000 an equivalent of Sh100 million. The Commission will provide €545,000 (sh61M) in support of UNICEF Kenya’s preparedness and response to the ongoing cholera outbreak. A further €350,000 (sh39M) will support protection measures for children ...

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Kenyans want President Uhuru to enjoy his 54th birthday but work

President Uhuru Kenyatta celebrates his 54th birthday today. Kenyans have given recommendations on wht he should do to restore Kenyans' confidence in his government. [Photo: france-rwanda.info]

President Uhuru Kenyatta should obey court orders, pay teachers and put sense into the heads of legislators Moses Kuria, Aden Duale, Kithure Kindiki, Kipchumba Murkomen and the 36 bloggers! These are some of the recommendations by Kenyans on Twitter well known as #KOT regarding the downward spiral the country is in and as President Uhuru Kenyatta celebrates his 54th birthday. ...

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