Mathias Kinyoda's blog

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.

 

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.

 

Breaking Away from a Legacy of Hate: Addressing Hate Speech in Kenya

If there is one thing history has taught us is that hate speech comes with a great cost to pay. From the 1992 ethnic clashes that resulted in 5,000 deaths and 75,000 displacements to the 1997 ethnically motivated tensions between the Luo, Kikuyu and Kalenjin and, the 2007-2008 post election violence where at least 1500 people were killed and between 180,000 and 600,000 people were displaced.

 

Integrity Series I: Integrity will improve the quality of care to cancer patients

Mr. David Ndungu Wanjohi, a 38-year-old concerned Kenyan, chained himself to a tree at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and is on hunger strike to create awareness on and protest the shortage of radiotherapy machines in the country. KNH, the largest public referral hospital in the country, currently has two overworked radiotherapy machines. More than 1000 patients are scheduled to undergo radiotherapy treatment stretching from now to 2016. The unfortunate reality is some of these patients will not make it to their radiotherapy appointment date.

 

Protecting the Freedom of Association

A groundbreaking decision by the High Court of Kenya allowing members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group to formally register their organization has been received with mixed reactions from citizens, politicians and the faith community. During his speech at a Nairobi Church, the Deputy President William Ruto,  said there is no place for homosexuality in Kenya.

 

Is your county government spending more on MCAs than on Malaria Patients?

In 2013, 47 County Governments allocated an aggregate of Kshs.3.2 billion to pay sitting allowances to County Representatives, officially known as Members of County Assembly (MCAs). County Governments actually spent Kshs.2.4 billion, 74.6% of the budgetary allocation on MCAs sitting allowances.