Katiba Corner

Enabling language and culture to strengthen, not undermine, nationhood

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There are various bits of the Constitution that have received little attention. One is Article 7 clause (3). It says, “The State shall–– promote and protect the diversity of language […]
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JILL GHAI: Are Raila’s and Ruto’s plans for their deputies constitutional?

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The strains between the current President and his Deputy have drawn much attention to the role of deputies. And perhaps it is in the light of this that both the […]
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Jill GHAI: Sex, the young and law: Resolving Romeo and Juliet problem

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In the past it is clear that many societies – and by no means only in Africa – assume the role of women was to be wives and mothers, and […]
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Kenyans are dying. What does the Constitution say?

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Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park memorializes the struggles of Kenyans for freedom, including during the 1950s. The Mau Mau memorial, paid for by the British government, recalls the period when […]
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What really is hate speech? The weakness in law

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As we head towards August 9 elections, hate speech is liable to become a genuinely important issue, as recent headlines have shown. Here I want to raise a few questions […]
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Why reintroducing BBI-like changes after 2022 will be complicated

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This piece appears on October 22 – 291 days before the election. But it feels as though the election is much closer. How exhausted – and for many people how […]
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Sex and teenagers: The unresolved dilemma

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Justice Said Chitembwe’s interview for Chief Justice post has focused attention again on the issue of young men convicted of having sexual relations with girls under 18 years. I am […]
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Legislators losing seats for leaving party: The history

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A number of ‘nominated’ senators are facing a crisis because their party has disowned them. And the media are telling us that without the party through which they entered the […]
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