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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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Political aspirants should have a university degree to qualify for election

By George Githinji Before the last general elections that took place on 4th March 2013, the 10th parliament decided to lower the academic bar for political aspirants that were nominated to compete for the parliamentary and county assembly seats. These aspirants were the MPs, Senators, Women Representatives and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs). Yet, the move to lower the ...

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Election pledges return to haunt MPs

Election pledges made during the run-up to the 2013 general elections have returned to haunt Members of Parliament who have failed to deliver on their promises to voters two years into their term. Kenyan MPs regularly attract the anger of the public for neglecting their duties while, by and by, expecting to be handsomely compensated for it but this is the ...

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MPs: the New Lords of Impunity

As an inquiry continues into allegations that members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) took bribes to influence their findings into an investigation into how billions of public funds disappeared in the lead up to the 2013 election, we bring you the latest in a series of articles by an insider in the corridors of power that lay bare how ...

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Corruption in Kenya: How Graft is Chocking Kenya

Corruption in Kenya is systemic. One of the institution that allegedly fuels it is Parliament. In addition, most of the elected and appointed leaders have been adversely named in various reporting casting aspersions on their integrity. However, they still hold high profile state positions. In this second and third part, Captain Wanderi discusses it in more details   PART 3: ...

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Separation of Powers Principle needs to be cultured


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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