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Chief Justice’s Dilemma: Article 261 and should Parliament be dissolved?

Chief Justice’s Dilemma: Article 261 and should Parliament be dissolved?

Where are we now over the rule that Parliament must have no more than two thirds of either gender? The National Assembly is 42 women short of the number needed to achieve no more than…
JILL COTTRELL GHAI: Is ‘one man one vote one shilling’ what the Constitution is about?

JILL COTTRELL GHAI: Is ‘one man one vote one shilling’ what the Constitution is about?

This is not about the depressingly 19th century and sexist language of those from former Central province who argue for their share of the national cake to reflect their share of the national population. That…
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.…