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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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Steps to follow when faced with a criminal case

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By Gilbert Langat Anybody can fall on the wrong side of the law anytime in the course of their life. When this happens most people get confused and may not know what to do. And while ignorance of the law has no defense, ignorance of your rights as an arrested person can impact heavily on your ability to defend yourself ...

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Allan Wadi charged with incitement to violence

Allan Wadi Okengo, A 25 year old University Student Jailed for 2 year for Hate Speech on Social Media

Allan Wadi Okengo was charged with incitement to violence in a Nairobi court yesterday. It is alleged that he incited people in a Facebook post he made last week. Mr. Wadi made the comment regarding the request by the national government to Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho to return three firearms in his possession. Article 33 of the Constitution sets out ...

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Martha Miano released unconditionally

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Martha Wanjiru Miano was released unconditionally by a Nyeri Court yesterday. Nyeri residents celebrated outside Nyeri Law Courts as online activist Martha Miano was set free by court. She had been detained by police on allegations that she posted a statement on Facebook allegedly insulting Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s brother Rigathi Gachagua. Nyeri Resident Magistrate John Aringo ruled that her seven- day- ...

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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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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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What should be done to tame hate speech in Kenya?

George Aladwa.  He has been accused of inciting Kenyans against each other. [Photo: radiojambo.co.ke]

By Cyrus Kioko Increasing number of political leaders association in hate speech has reignited debate over how valid hate speech law is as set by the National Cohesion and Integration commission (NCIC). In a span of around one and half moths, more than four political leaders have been involved in hate speech allegations where some have their cases in progress  ...

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Internal security should be devolved to counties

Meru County Governor Peter Munya who is also the chair of the Council of Governors.

By George Githinji Article 187 of the Constitution provides a mechanism for the transfer of functions between both levels of government, that is, the national and the county governments. The transfer is only possible, however, under two conditions: if the function or power would be more effectively performed or exercised by the receiving government and the transfer of the function ...

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Nakuru CSO’s to petition Governor Kinuthia Mbugua over misuse of public funds

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By Lorna Abuga A section of Civil Society Organizations based in Nakuru have vowed to petition Governor Kinuthia Mbugua next week over the alleged misuse of taxpayers funds by county officials. Mbugua has been on the spot since the release of the report by the Auditor General, Edward Ouko, which revealed massive embezzlement of taxpayer’s funds in the county executives ...

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How to impeach a Governor in Kenya

Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa Iria. Photo credit www.nation.co.ke

Two Governors have so far been impeached, Murang’a and Embu Governors and while none has yet to lose their seats, the process and what happens next is a discussion George Githinji shares in this post. Grounds for the removal of a county governor Article 181 of the Constitution provides for the removal of a county governor. A county governor may ...

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The Role of Women Representatives in Kenya

Some of the women legislators in Kenya. Photo courtesy; www.capitalfm.co.ke

By George Githinji Each of the 47 counties has an elected women representative. The 47 women representatives are situated in the National Assembly. While the public perceives them as a different group of legislators, the women representatives are in fact Members of Parliament (MPs) just like the members representing the Constituencies and those in the Senate. It appears that they ...

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Kenya Union of Journalists, NCCK condemn ‘anti-media law’ threatening to sue

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the 2014 Value Added Tax (VAT) and Pubilc Finance Management ammendment Acts into law at State House, Nairobi. Looking on from left is   Solicitor General Njee Muturi, Clerk of the National Assembly Justin Bundi, Cabinet Secretary National Treasury Henry Rotich, Majority Leader Aden Duale and Speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi.

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) have condemned Parliament’s passing of the Powers and Privileges of Parliament Bill 2014. In a statement on Thursday, NCCK General Secretary Rev. Canon Peter Karanja said that by passing the Bill, parliamentarians had clearly stated their position on where they stand on matters of accountability. ...

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Where do County Governments get their Money?

By George Githinji For counties to run, they need resources and knowing the source of these resources is crucial to know how to run a county. Political analyst George Githinji shares the sources of these revenues. They are; Local Revenue Article 209 (3) of the Constitution empowers the counties to impose two types of taxes and charges, that is, property ...

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Report shows Kenyan women Parliamentarians on equal footing with male counterparts

Despite many Kenyans feeling that women representatives are unnecessary baggage for the Kenyan taxpayer, a report released by Mzalendo Trust shows that women are invaluable. A good number of Kenyans feel that the constitution, which they overwhelmingly approved, created some positions to appease political allies who lost in the elections. The creation of the requirement for women reps was such ...

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