Katiba Corner

Dear Deputy President…

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Once you are elected, the Constitution almost expects you to cease to be a Kikuyu but the DP of all the people. Your Excellency, Kenyans generally assume that your nomination […]
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Flooding menace: Where does the buck stop?

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There seems a high level of agreement that global climate change is a significant factor in the catastrophic floods. And that has absolutely nothing to do with “Acts of God” […]
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Thinking about the right to education

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The “right to education” is well-known. The President’s task force on education last year used the phrase several times. It recognised that among the obstacles to achieving that right is […]
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There are more ways to kill Constitution than repealing it

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The Kenyan constitution is unusually emphatic about its central role in the nation’s life. It is, of course, our basic, fundamental law. It is the framework for government, the basis […]
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‘Living within our means’ –What does the Constitution say?

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Various officials of government have been telling us, “We must live within our means.” Among various natural reactions, including “deal with corruption” and “cut the wasteful spending” one was very […]
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Can state officers elected as independents join parties?

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All elected politicians were members of Kanu before 1992 (except for a short period after Independence). From 1982, section 2A of the old Constitution made this the legal position. Once […]
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The rule of law, and unconstitutional laws

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The courts’ powers to declare law unconstitutional, and their willingness, are crucial to maintaining the “rule of law” in Kenya – a phrase that appears seven times in the Constitution. […]
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Declaring law unconstitutional a critical power of courts

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An item in the Standard (Monday, March 25) was headed, dramatically, “State Property can be auctioned or Cabinet Secretary jailed over debt” and it purported to explain a ruling/judgment by […]
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