Katiba Corner

How to govern a county – according to the Constitution

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If Kenyans thought that the devolution during 2013-17 was sometimes a pretty dismal spectacle, the second is turning out to be even more of … one is tempted to say […]
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Hollowing out the democratic and accountable state

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Attending a conference on democracy, elections and constitutionalism, we listen to presenters talking about countries such as Ethiopia (before PM Abiy Ahmed), Rwanda, Egypt (under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ) and […]
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2010 Constitution: The big idea in building a people and nation

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It’s a particular pleasure to read a book that is well written and interesting in its own right, but prompts thinking about issues closer to home ― to Kenya. I […]
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The role of journalists in helping citizens understand devolution

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There are few observers as astute as sharp journalists to analyse complex politics.  Yash Ghai was fortunate to be the guest of the Kenya Correspondents Association this week at the […]
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The duty not to discriminate v the right to observe one’s religion

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A hotel has a policy of not allowing mixed sex couples to stay unless they produce their marriage certificates. Some people have already commented that this violates the constitutional prohibition […]
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If Parliament passed laws that comply with the Constitution, courts wouldn’t interfere

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The Speaker of the National Assembly has, not for the first time, attacked the courts, this time for declaring laws passed by Parliament unconstitutional. Apparently, he said, “the Senate and […]
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Saba Saba: Comparing the past and present in its celebrations

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Twenty-eight years ago, the opponents of the tyrannical regime of Daniel Moi, having built some unity in the wake of the end of the Cold War and the diminished support […]
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Can governors, presidents and prime ministers be prosecuted?

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Much nonsense gets talked by people who are trying to protect their own interests. It would be hard to beat (on the constitutional front at least) the pronouncement of governors […]
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