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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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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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Will stance on corruption cost President Kenyatta his second term?

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]

On Monday, Kenyans waited anxiously as President Uhuru Kenyatta was to address the nation on the state of corruption in the country. Coming just days after the resignation of Devolution CS Anne Waiguru, the nation waited in anticipation that, finally the country would be given a reason to have hope that corruption would be a thing of the past – ...

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2007 PEV led to quest for reforms, audit report on constitution says

The 2007/08 post election violence that left more than 1,000 Kenyans dead is one of the key reasons that led to the push for constitutional reforms in Kenya. An audit report on the constitution has stated that the violence which also left more than 650,000 people displaed was adopted as “part of the long-term measures to address the root causes” ...

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Kenyan Presidents don’t inherit chairs

Did you know that Kenyan Presidents don’t inherit the chairs of their predecessors? In a resent exercise by the County Government of Nakuru the department of Public Works shared this uncommon fact while exhibiting the chairs that have been used by Kenya’s Presidents since independence. According to Maina Muchemi, the Director of Public works in Nakuru, the chairs keep on ...

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Why Kenyatta ticks and why he should do more

The announcement that the American President Barrack Obama will be visiting Kenya in July this year, is the best example of the definition of news in real time. Given the kind of opposition the American government had shown towards the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s fourth President, the announcement came as a surprise to many. Perhaps this is the ...

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Corruption: Uhuru and Ruto’s war on reality

“Uhuru acts to rein in sleazy deals” blared the headline of the Daily Nation on Monday. The story noted that Uhuru is “getting upset with the increasing cases of fresh corruption under the Jubilee administration”. Deputy President William Ruto isn’t too happy with the corruption either, telling the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over the weekend that it “must account ...

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Devolution is the Answer To Marginalisation

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Speaking after the passing of the new constitution in 2010, then president Mwai Kibaki said the new constitution would be Kenya’s shield and defender in the strive to conquer poverty, disease and ignorance. The three had been declared as the greatest enemies of the new nation soon after independence by founding father Jomo Kenyatta and it became the responsibility of ...

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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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