Writers Corner

  • The police remain a threat to the Bill of Rights

    The Constitution of Kenya 2010 (CoK2010) contains at its core a promise for the recognition, promotion and protection of fundamental human rights principles, including a whole chapter dedicated to the protection of the civil, political, economic and social rights of Kenyans. It is little wonder therefore that the Constitution has continued to be proclaimed by many as one of the most progressive documents of its kind in the world even today.

     
  • Hardline Positions will only Worsen the Situation

    The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is at the centre of a political storm pitting political rivals. IEBC Commissioners have maintained that they will not be intimidated into leaving office, politicians across the political divide have maintained hard positions and ordinary Kenyans have been left to watch from the sides. Let’s face it, the current IEBC in the current environment is unable to deliver credible elections.

     
  • VOICES FROM THE COUNTIES: LESSONS FROM THE 2015 CITIZEN REPORT CARD

    The Society for International Development (SID) – Kenya Office on Tuesday, 5th April 2016, released the 2015 Citizen Report Card titled Voices from the Counties: Lessons from the 2015 Citizen Report Card. The findings reveal that citizen participation increased to 41% in 2015 from 5.7% in 2012-13. In spite of increased public participation, less than 20% of Kenya’s population are informed of their county budgets and less than 15% are aware of their county priorities.

     
  • Thoughts ahead of the 2016 State of the Nation Address, Kenya, 31 March 2016

    The President’s State of the Nation address is not just a constitutional requirement under Art. 132. It is a moment of accountability and call to national action. The power of the address flows less from the words. Any decent speech writer can find and use words like rebirth, renewal, transformation and hashtags like #TransformKE. The power comes in our listening that the speaker is honest, sincere and committed to results. There is a place therefore, also for a President to say we were wrong, we didn’t meet our own expectations and we will do better.

     
  • Magazetini Today, Monday 11th January

    In the papers today: DP Ruto departs for the Hague, Treasury to reject pleas for non-essential funding from State offices, experts say Kenyans are overtaxed, El Nino rains fail to deliver promise of cheaper power. Read these stories plus more here. 

    DP Ruto departs for the Hague

     
  • Magazetini Today – Wednesday 7 January 2015

    In the papers today: Angry reactions greet move to give Uhuru powers to appoint Chief Justice, court bars eight more over stolen NYS millions, Nation editor suspended over editorial, State house says Raila is a principal of sabotage and top Kenya Ferry Services managers sent home after Uhuru's surprise visit. 

    Angry Reactions greet move to give Uhuru powers to appoint CJ

     
  • Constitutionalism Five Years Down The Line

    Promulgation of Kenya’s Constitution 2010, five years ago, marked a new dawn for Kenya. It was a product of years of bloodshed and struggle for reform that saw many detained without trial. The new Constitution came to be recognised as having contained Africa’s most progressive rights and laws. The International Community called it a watershed of reform on the continent.

     
  • Lets admit it Michelle, Obama just had an Afro-mance

    Still reflecting on aspects of President Obama’s visit last week, three memories will probably linger from a face to face encounter at the newly built regional Centre for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in Kenyatta University. Firstly, the last two years of acute tension between the Kenyan State and PBOs have been costly. Mutual trust and suspicion has probably been at their lowest since the early years of the 1990s and the re-establishment of multi-party democracy.

     
  • Organisations welcome Ombudsman Report on Lang’ata Road Primary, but fault victimisation of rights defenders warning of chilling

    Seven organizations have today responded to the Commission on Administrative Justice (Ombudsman) Report on the violent dispersal of a peaceful protest by the Kenya Police Service on 19 January 2015[1] at Lang’ata Road Primary School.

     
  • Government going in circles over PBOs

    The establishment of a Taskforce to review the Public Benefits Organisations Act (2013) by Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru in November 2014 broke what was becoming a predictable tradition of “NGO legislation by ambush”. It was hoped that consensus could be built on any necessary changes. It was also hoped that the Act, already dormant for two years, would finally be commenced. Seven months from the establishment of the Taskforce, it is difficult to see whether Kenyan taxpayers have got value for money.