Emmanuel In Edition Number 35 of the Platform, Ekiru published an article titled ‘Reclaiming Courts’ Integrity Through Adequate Funding: A Reflection from Kenya’. The article assesses the implication for underfunding of the judiciary for the attainment of the democratic aspiration of the 2010 Constitution. He points out that it is through allocation of adequate funds that the judiciary can discharge its functions efficiently. For this thought provoking commentary, The Platform Magazine awards the C.B. Madan Student Prize to this budding legal journalist.
Joshua Malidzo Nyawa
In Edition Number 36 of the Platform, Nyawa published an article titled ‘Is the Right to Strike Under a Threat? The Ploy of Injunctions to Pulverize Teacher Strikes in Kenya’. He interrogates the emerging practice of deployment of court injunctions to preempt teachers’ strikes. He notes that the right to strike is a constitutional weapon granted to workers and trade unions to champion for workers’ rights. Thus for courts to take away this arsenal from workers, they tilt the balance of power in the labour environment and collective bargaining processes in favour of employers against the dictates of the Constitution. For this in-depth work of labour law, the Platform Magazine awards the C.B. Madan Student Prize to this budding legal journalist.
Benta Moige Morang’a
In Edition Number 33 of the Platform, Moige published an article titled ‘Interrogating Emerging Jurisprudence on the Right to Housing in Kenya’s Courts’. This continues the conversation that has been championed by the The Platform Magazine on the justiciability of socio-economic rights, particularly the right to housing, in Kenya. Moige makes the point that the High Court lived up to the aspiration of social transformation embodied in the Bill of Rights. In contrast, the Court of Appeal has used classical liberal arguments, ill suited to the Kenyan context and incompatible with the egalitarian tenets of the 2010 Constitution, to impose doctrinal barriers to enforcement of the right to housing. For calling the attention of the Kenyan legal community to this jurisprudential question, the Platform Magazine awards the C.B. Madan Student Prize to this budding legal journalist.