YASH PAL GHAI & JILL COTTRELL GHAI: What happens when politicians get hold of a Constitution?

YASH PAL GHAI & JILL COTTRELL GHAI: What happens when politicians get hold of a Constitution?

Kenyans are now awaiting (some eagerly, some with trepidation) the final recommendations of the BBI team. There is a lot of talk of a referendum. But, before the people have their say, the politicians have…
JILL COTTRELL: Making, ratifying and implementing treaties is important, but not well done

JILL COTTRELL: Making, ratifying and implementing treaties is important, but not well done

Reading government newspaper advertisements is not everyone’s idea of light reading. But they can raise interesting issues. On Tuesday, there was one from Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo. It said she was obliged to…
JILL COTTRELL : You don’t have as much freedom of expression as you may think

JILL COTTRELL : You don’t have as much freedom of expression as you may think

Many Kenyans will be familiar with some of the challenges facing freedom of expression, including the bloggers prosecuted, and the efforts to limit press reporting. But reading Kenyan law constantly comes up with new ones.…
JILL COTTRELL : Appointment of effective and independent judges not a simple matter

JILL COTTRELL : Appointment of effective and independent judges not a simple matter

The International Commission of Jurists–Kenya organised an excellent webinar this week on the independence of the Judiciary this week (and you can watch it on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jqrCBQVoYE). Its timing was, as you may imagine,…
YASH PAL GHAI: Selfish political elite at heart of push to change supreme law

YASH PAL GHAI: Selfish political elite at heart of push to change supreme law

Last October, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) team gave Kenyans news that must have gladdened their hearts. We would no longer be a nation of conflict and bloodshed, but of values and ideas that a…