The undelivered promise of electoral justice by the Constitution of Kenya, 2010:

Background information and possible reforms Since we attained self-independence as a nation in 1963, every single election that we have is always followed by unnumbered election petitions and a lot of violence. This clearly shows that Kenyans have no trust in our electoral systems including the electoral commissions that the 2010 Constitution of Kenya tends […]

Statement regarding the death of Thulani Maseko, Eswatini

Thulani was gunned down by masked gunmen in his home in Eswatini whilst watching television with his family on the evening of Saturday 21st January 2023. Thulani’s death also follows a deadly crackdown on of pro-democracy protests in the country in June 2021. The Commonwealth Lawyers Association note that the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles adopted […]

ICC upholds jail term for Ugandan rebel commander Ongwen – why it matters for Africa

Ongwen was the first Lord’s Resistance Army leader to be found guilty of the crimes during which thousands were killed or displaced in Northern Uganda. His commander and Lord’s Resistance Army founder, Joseph Kony is still at large. The US is offering up to US$5 million for information leading to his capture. One of Kony’s […]

Of two-thirds gender rule and Supreme Court composition: A commentary on the Court of Appeal decision in Civil Appeal No 234 of 2017

The gender principle passed in the 2010 Constitution was an unintended consequence of the underrepresentation of the women gender consistently in all arms of government since independence. Article 27(8) requires the state to take legislative measures to implement the principle that not more than two thirds of the members of elective and appointive bodies shall […]

Our freedom heroes and heroines deserve appreciation

Let’s recall some great men, who’ve been  Fighting for our rights Let’s recall some great men, who’ve been Fighting for our rights Let’s recall some great men, Who have been fighting for our rights Let’s recall some great men, who’ve been fighting for our rights Recall them, recall them        -Burning Spear- ‘Perhaps you and […]

Time to rethink strategies for combating Gender Based Violence (GBV); Legislation is not enough

Whereas the Constitution of Kenya[3] protects children and women[4] from abuse, harmful cultural practices, and all forms of violence, and though Kenya has enacted legislation to protect the children[5] and has prohibited forms of violence such as Female Genital Mutilation,[6] the gruesome reports in our media platforms is a clear indication that a lot is […]

Issue No. 83 | Dec 2022, Social Justice Advocacy
December 30, 2022
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Black Panther in the classroom: how Afrofuturism in a film helped trainee teachers in South Africa

While I enjoyed and was entertained by the first film, I was also struck by its potential as a teaching tool. Its Afrofuturistic approach – using the past to imagine futures that differ from existing historical narratives – could, I thought, be a catalyst for dispelling myths about African history, culture and tradition. It might […]

Issue No. 83 | Dec 2022, Social Justice Advocacy
December 30, 2022
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COP27 key outcomes: progress on compensation for developing countries, but more needed on climate justice and equity

COP conferences broadly provide a platform for the negotiation of international climate change agreements. This was to be the first COP held in Africa since 2016. It was also framed as the implementation COP, which would lead to action. COP27 was expected to make progress on “loss and damage”. This is financing to compensate developing […]