Rwanda: National memory and violence of forgetting a genocide

During this tumultuous period, over a million people were slaughtered by Hutu extremists targeting the minority Tutsi. The events of that period highlighted the indefatigable capacity of humanity to commit unspeakable acts of destruction. But the 29th anniversary of the killings also illustrates the construction of national memory and the violence of forgetting genocide. The […]

The silent scourge: a call for outlawing marital rape in Kenya

Introduction Rape is defined as an unlawful sexual activity that involves engaging in sexual activity against the victim’s will by using force or the threat of using force, or with a person who is unable to give informed consent because they are a minor, have a mental health condition, are intoxicated, are unconscious, or are […]

Human Rights, Issue 88 - May 2023, Medical & Health
May 02, 2023
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The impact of Kenya’s drug policies on human rights: An analysis of the consequences of criminalizing drug use

Introduction The drug problem refers to the widespread use and abuse of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and other substances with negative physical, mental and health consequences. Communally it has had the effect of destroying relationships such as family and friends. It also ruins one’s capability of working and studying which makes society’s economic status plummet […]

Human Rights, Issue 88 - May 2023, The Judiciary
May 02, 2023
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Right to silence: analysis of the legal protection on the privilege against self-incrimination

This paper will try to debunk the maxim “nemo tenetur seipsum accusare,” which means “no man is bound to accuse himself”. In doing so, the paper will analyze the scope and the implication of the right against self-incrimination as has been examined in different contexts, its impact on criminal proceedings and its waiver thereof.  An arrested person […]

Affordability of life: Why a large population of Kenyans continues to live without any form of health insurance

An equation of quality and timely healthcare services equates to good healthcare and an expensive bill. The health schemes cushion people from expensive bills, by funding medication at a time of need. But is this really true? What is the cost of getting health insurance cover? With the minimum wage of an average Kenyan at […]

Constitutional Law, Issue 88 - May 2023, Trending News
May 02, 2023
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For the people or with the people? An appraisal of the right to assembly and the practice in Kenya

The opposition has for decades been a headache to the government of the day through the organization of these demonstrations which springs from Article 37 of the Constitution. Under the wake of the new Constitution promulgated in 2010, the country has witnessed at least three demonstrations organized by the Opposition to wit: following the announcement […]

Issue 88 - May 2023, Trending News
May 02, 2023
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Corpse versus cops and matatu drivers: Justice from the graveside? A wake-up call in the memory of Michuki rules

Matatu is a Kikuyu language coinage for vehicles that charged thirty cents to ferry passengers in the budding post-independence Nairobi City. The first matatu models were of Ford construction as brought out by Ngugi wa Thiong’o in his novel Devil on the Cross.[1] Was it coincidental that matatu drivers would later be termed as those […]

Culture and Society, Headlines, Issue 88 - May 2023
May 02, 2023
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The decline of public intellectualism: Where have all the thinkers gone?

In our society, something sad has occurred and is ongoing: public intellectualism’s decline. I ask, where are the public intellectuals? In the past, intellectuals exerted immense influence on public policy and their input into the governance process could not be ignored. Ideas are powerful elements of nation-building; even where interests are at play, a taste […]