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Explaining ‘Bomas’ and what it has to do with BBI

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The Bomas of Kenya is a place where Kenyans and tourists can learn about the country’s culture, especially traditional housing, and dances. It is a cultural centre in Nairobi. In […]
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Citizen, dual citizen, citizen by birth explained

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Whether people should be allowed to be a Kenyan and a something else as well (Ugandan, American, British or Somali, etc), or allowed to hold a public office and also […]
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Proposal to have police, NIS, DPP in Power of Mercy panel misconceived, unconstitutional

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Recently, newspapers carried a story about police suspicions that prisoners had been bribing prison officials to get onto a list of those to get a presidential “pardon”. Among the issues, […]
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Houses of Parliament should be viewed as equals and collaborate

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The question of the Senate has become topical again. First the Thirdway Alliance – in its people’s initiative (see last week) — has proposed greatly strengthening the Senate. Second, MP […]
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Has the Constitution failed or it’s the implementers? Kenyans have their say

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The words, “having participated fully in the making of this Constitution” in the preamble of the Constitution ring loud on the nature of the  2010 Constitution. The same preamble talks […]
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Why the Constitution is not like a computer programme

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This week Katiba Institute, with the cooperation of various civil society organisations, held a one-day event at Ufungamano Hall, on an “Audit of the Constitution”. We are not talking about […]
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Open memo to Justice committee on amending Article 9

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On May 21, an advertisement appeared in the media inviting comments on a proposed change to Article 90 of the Constitution. It is regrettable that Parliament consistently finds it hard […]
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The military is not (or should not be) some law-free zone

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The Daily Nation recently carried the story of a KDF soldier who served for a long time in Somalia and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder to the extent of suffering […]
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