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Fake news, propaganda and the role of the media before and during elections

As we enter the homestretch to the August 8 General Election, Kenyans will continue to witness heightened political engagements online and offline on who is better suited to represent the people at the county and national levels. Because of past incidents such as the 2007-2008 post-election violence, the government is concerned that people might go 

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Why the rule of law must be enforced

As much as the Constitution provides for vital principles such as the separation of powers, independent offices and constitutional commissions, free speech, leadership and integrity, accountability, participation of the people, devolution, representation and universal suffrage, these ideas mean nothing without the observance of the rule of law. This is the legal principle that the law should 

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Someone must muster courage to bar candidates on count of Chapter 6

In March, the Attorney-General, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Registrar of Political Parties formed a “working group” to deliberate on the implications of Chapter 6 of the Constitution on the coming elections. The overall objective was to ensure that only candidates who espouse integrity are elected to 

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Hate Speech and responsibility of the media in Kenya

Every time a general election approaches, politicians often capitalise on ethnic affiliations and differences in order to galvanise votes in terms of “us against them”. In the aftermath of the 2007-2008 post-election violence, the Waki Report singled out hate speech as one of the drivers of the crisis. As a result, the National Cohesion and 

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Court strikes out law that criminalizes criticism of public officers

On 26th April, 2017, Justice E.C Mwita on the Constitutional and Human Rights division of the High Court at Milimani declared Section 132 of the Penal Code unconstitutional. The section created the offense of ‘undermining authority of public. Blogger Robert Alai and ARTICLE 19 petitioned the courts after Robert Alai was arrested and charged for 

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Prevention of Torture Act is a vital step in the right direction

On April 13, President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Prevention of Torture Act. This is the culmination of five years of advocacy by civil society for an anti-torture law. It buttresses Article 29(d) of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This right cannot be derogated under 

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Women Representatives want to run CDF like Affirmative Action Fund

If Parliament succeeds in sneaking in constitutional amendments proposed in late January, 2017, Woman representatives will be in charge of the Affirmative Action Social Development Fund, which is designed to cater for marginalized and special interest groups. Other amendments proposes to create a CDF fund alongside the consolidated fund and an oversight fund for MPs 

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