Katiba Corner

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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Open letter to Bunge on BBI Bill [Part II]

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The BBI Bill to change the Constitution has a few good ideas. Genuinely good ideas can be introduced into Parliament in the usual way — as constitutional amendment Bills, with […]
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Open letter to parliamentarians on their role in BBI

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Dear Waheshimiwa, I write in response to your press advertisement asking for public input on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill. First, may I make a protest? That advertisement appeared a week […]
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Petitions provide powerful tool for enhancing citizen voices in legislation

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The fifth session of the 12th Parliament, which commenced last week, coincides with three main defining events and developments that, depending on how they are managed, shape the country’s future […]
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Of rotational presidencies and the misdiagnoses

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It’s not that I think President Uhuru Kenyatta is entirely wrong when he says we should have a change from Kikuyu presidents. But it is tempting to say that is […]
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BBI: How much is it about what you think?

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How much chance will you actually have to express your views on the BBI? This partly depends on what mechanism the politicians adopt for getting the document approved. Though you […]
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Serious urgent constitutional action on mental health and justice is needed

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Last Saturday was International Mental Health Day. Our media did carry some items, including about a Human Rights Watch report showing how common it is around the world, not just […]
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Preparing you for the imminent BBI report

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We are promised (or threatened with) the revised BBI report to be launched soon. One can’t help wondering what is holding it up. People disappearing overseas to prevent it from […]
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