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As Kenya draws closer and closer to its August 9 elections date, I keep thinking that the presidential contenders have come “full circle”. Since the 1980s we have had the same political faces. We have the Azimio la Umoja party leaders, Raila Odinga and Martha Karua, who fought for multipartism in the 1980s, and we [...]

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Caleb Keraka is a Staff Correspondent for JURIST in Kenya and a fourth-year law student at the University of Nairobi School of Law.  On April 8th in Nairobi the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) formally joined the East African Community (EAC) bloc by signing the EAC Accession Treaty. This came after meeting the requisite conditions [...]

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The Supreme Court of Kenya (SCoK) Wednesday declared the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, popularly known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), unconstitutional. Rendered by the highest court in the land, the decision puts an end to a cascade of litigation that originated in the high court last year. The bill proposing an expansion [...]

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The United Nations Human Rights Council announced Wednesday the appointment of the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, to lead the investigation into abuses in Ethiopia. The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Federico Villegas, announced the appointment of three international experts to serve as the International Commission of Human Rights [...]

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published a report Sunday revealing the secrets of numerous wealthy elites and world leaders who have been using secret accounts to hide their assets. The investigation was based on a leak of around 12 million confidential records from 14 off-shore service providers. The documents cover a wide range of [...]

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Through a special gazette notice on Wednesday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed the appointment of Lady Justice Martha Koome as the Country’s inaugural female Chief Justice (CJ). The presidential appointment marks one of the final stages of the rigorous recruitment exercise, which was occasioned by the retirement of her immediate predecessor, David Maraga late last [...]

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A special five-judge bench at the High Court of Kenya on Thursday declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)-driven Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2020 unconstitutional. The main case was filed by five activists, namely David Ndii, Jerotich Seii, James Ngondi, Wanjiku Gikonyo, and Ikal Angelei. The judgment deals with 17 issues that had been raised in eight [...]

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The Constitutional Charter for the Transitional Period that governs the Transitional Government in Sudan has recently been amended to incorporate the Juba Agreement for Peace in Sudan. The amendment has ignited a fierce political and constitutional debate between those who support the amendment and those who stand against it. This article aims to briefly make [...]

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A Kenyan High Court issued a declaratory order on Thursday in favor of four survivors subjected to rape and other sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) during post-election demonstrations spanning from December 2007 to March 2008, awarding them each 4 million shillings ($35,906). The survivors brought suit against the attorney general and inspector-general of the National [...]

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