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Published on May 6, 2010 No Comment

The triumphalist arrogance and righteousness of the presumed “Yes” camp is misplaced. It is most irritating for anybody to think that by merely chanting “Yes” they become more patriotic than those opposed to the Proposed Constitution of Kenya (PCK).

Published on March 13, 2010 No Comment

As we embark on what hopefully is the last phase of the new constitution-making process, we must make a conscious decision to be driven by democratic ideals if we want to succeed.

Published on February 6, 2010 No Comment

I was elated when the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), on constitution review meeting in Naivasha settled for the pure presidential system, which separates and diffuses power across strong institutions and between politicians and professionals in a nationally stabilising way.

Published on January 17, 2010 One Comment

Broadly, experts advise that a constitution is best read and understood in three broad parts. The first part is the nature of the State, or the values and aspirations of the people upon which the state is founded.

Published on January 12, 2010 No Comment

The failure of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and, before it, the Kyoto Protocol, to decisively deal with human activities that are threatening planet earth makes it clear that it will take much more than stoking our fears of the consequences of climate change to get the desired results.

Published on January 10, 2010 No Comment

Shortly after 21 others and I were arrested on December 24, 2009, Mr. Anthony Kibuchi, the burly new Nairobi Provincial Police Officer (PPO), swaggered into our cell at Central Police Station in the company of Mr. Richard Mugwai, the Central OCPD.

Published on January 5, 2010 One Comment

As more than 10 million destitute Kenyans struggle to stay alive, fighting off starvation because of a recent severe drought caused largely by the massive destruction of forests across our country, it is unfathomable that anybody should be talking of any kind of payout to reward the very thugs responsible for the destruction of one of our main water towers, the Mau Forest.

Published on December 30, 2009 No Comment

An issue that is of utmost importance but one that has received scant or no attention from media commentaries on the Harmonised Draft Constitution is that of our astronomically high public debts, which to service annually gobble up an average of 25 percent of the national budget.

Published on December 8, 2009 No Comment

Criticisms of the excessive concentration of power in the Kenyan Executive helped to place constitutional and institutional reforms on the national agenda.

Published on November 9, 2009 No Comment

Far from being a soothing statement, it was like adding salt to our festering wound to waste our very limited taxes on paid up Press advertorials in which, referring to himself largely in the third person, Attorney General Sitswila Amos Wako defended his tenure by projecting himself as a reformer, and imputed malice on the part of the US Government for revoking his visa.

Published on October 18, 2009 One Comment

The whole concept of promoting today’s sexual revolution – the idea of sex without consequences (condoms) and “alternative lifestyles” like homosexuality and lesbianism should not define our whole concept of “sex education.”

Published on October 11, 2009 No Comment

I am not excited by news that the Independent Criminal Court’s Prosecutor Moren- Ocampo is finally set to jet into Nairobi to start his work of holding the sponsors of the 2007/2008 post-election violence criminally liable for their heinous crimes.

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