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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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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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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Why Lenaola will be greatly missed at constitutional and human rights courts

The announcement by the Judicial Service Commission that Hon. Justice Isaac Lenaola had been selected to fill the vacancy of Judge of the Supreme Court has been celebrated and lauded by all Kenyans, especially those who follow constitutional and human rights cases and jurisprudential trends in this country. For a lawyer like me, who often argues before 

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On 20th September, 2016, two governors – Jackson Mandago, (Uasin Gishu) and Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet) led MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Silas Tiren (Moiben), James Bett (Kesses) and Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker Isaac Terer into Moi University main campus to protest the circumstances under which the CS was ignoring a previous nomination exercise. They 

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The Truth About African Founding Fathers

Sub-Sahara Africa is a huge and diverse region that is composed of diverse people speaking thousands of languages and a common legacy of colonialism mainly under Britain and France, and to a smaller extent under Italy, Germany, Belgium and Portugal. Incidentally, the countries that make up this region gained independence at around the same period 

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Hate speech suspects should have been charged separately

On 14th June, 2016, the Kenya Police’s Department of Criminal investigation (DCI) in conjunction with  the Office of the DPP formally charged 8 legislators (3 pro-government and 4 opposition) for “hate speech” following increased utterances they made amid tension that has been afflicting Kenya over the past month or so and after weeks of deadly 

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