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The Mirage of Constitutional Participation In Kenya

The former Kenya President Mwai Kibaki at the promulgation of the new-constitution

Some commentators have referred to Kenya’s 2010 constitution as the most progressive constitution sub-Saharan Africa has ever seen. Well, that might sound a little bit like a hyperbole but the Kenyan constitution lays the perfect foundation for a constitutional a democracy. Of great importance is the role of the constitution gives to citizen sovereignty, the preamble for example explicitly states ...

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Human Rights Abuses continue in the new Constitution

Aljazeera aired the highly talked about, ‘Inside Kenya’s Death Squads’ feature this week. Straight off the Ross Kemp rule book that one, from the special effects, the grotesqueness, and the human side imbued through torturous images of cold blood murder by Kenyan state agents, everything was the same. One could almost certainly see the Ross Kemp narrate his profile of ...

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The Constitution has been a blessing to Kenya

Kenya's former President Mwai Kibaki promulgating the new Kenyan constitution (image courtesy)

Kenya’s 2010 Constitution has had a fair share of success in its four years of implementation. It certainly a reality that without the 2007/8 post election violence and the ensuing mediation efforts, Kenyans would still have the old Constitution. Be as it may, the document which I call the political bible will still need time to be tested for a ...

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Separation of Powers Principle needs to be cultured

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James Madison on the need for the “separation of powers” because “men are not angels,” profoundly stated   “But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department, the necessary constitutional means, and personal motives, to resist encroachments of the others… Ambition must be made ...

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The Constitution aptly guarantees human rights

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There is an ongoing concern among human rights defenders and lawyers on The Security Laws (Amendment) Bill which is intended to empower the government and security agencies to fight terrorism. There are many glaring concerns on the Bill, like how Parliament want it rushed which have been captured here How new security law to fight terror infringes on rights. Human ...

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