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Why Westgate Is About Governance But Not Security Or The ICC

In an article on Sunday the 29th of September 2013 in the Daily Nation entitled “Attack will draw West, Kenya closer” former US Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer spoke at length about why the cases at the ICC should be dropped in order to aid the fight against terror in the country.

 Her basic premise was that it is not feasible to have the Head of State and his Deputy engaged in the ICC process so deeply while maintain an effective war on terror – she uses the week off from trial that H.E. William Ruto requested as proof of this.

All Quiet on the Westgate Front: Kenya's Call for Answers Met with Contradiction and Confidentiality

Nairobi, Kenya:

On Day Four of the siege of Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenyans listened to President Uhuru Kenyatta tell the world that the battle was over.

It had been a long wait, and there was little reliable information to go on. Anxious Kenyans had been glued to television news since the siege broke, despite the fact that it could show little more than scenes of security vehicles parked around the corner from Westgate. So, after days of unverifiable but grisly accounts of events inside the mall, the country was ready to hear what the president had to say.

Zimbabwe And Kenyan Elections Compared

All eyes are on Zimbabwe this week, as the country struggles to contend with disputed election results and increasing allegations of fraud. In the wake of President Robert Mugabe’s purported victory and opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai’s refusal to accept the result, two election commissioners have resigned, and foreign governments are criticizing the electoral process.

Blood Is Thicker Than Reason

The 2013 election was to be a lesson. We undertook massive reconstruction of the state called Kenya after the 2007 election: we passed a new constitution, set up several institutions and radically restructured some old ones.

Plight Of Political Violence Victims

As we mark the World Day for International Justice on 17th July, it is important for the nation to reflect on the plight of victims of violence occasioned by political competition in 1992, 1997 and the 2007 Post Election Violence. During these episodes, thousands were killed while hundreds of thousands were displaced.

Transitioning from family owned to multi-billion-shilling companies

Family-owned businesses have been a mainstay of the Kenyan economy for generations. Companies that boast a strong family heritage are Tuskys supermarket, NIC and AccessKenya (currently the subject of a Sh3 billion takeover) among many others.

Africa: First Outreach Meeting rallies Support for OGP

The first Open Government Partnership (OGP) Africa regional meeting was hosted by the Government of Kenya from October 29-30, 2013 at the Coastal City of Mombasa. The meeting aimed at outlining an Africa agenda for open governance, promoting OGP in Africa and sharing and learning from experiences in open governance from different parts of the continent and beyond.

ICC Letter Is An Injustice To Kenyans

Last week, the Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations, headed by Ambassador Macharia Kamau, submitted a letter to the UN Security Council, asking for the “immediate termination” of the ICC cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, who are scheduled to soon begin trial for their alleged roles in perpetrating crimes against humanity against Kenyans in the aftermath of the 2007 election.

Are U.S. election watchdogs enabling bad behavior in Kenya?

In recent testimony to Congress, three American non-profit electoral assistance organizations, all of whom worked on Kenya's general election in March -- the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the International Republican Institute (IRI) -- reported that last month's presidential vote was "credible," thereby negating the still-increasing amounts of evidence that the electoral process was fundamentally flawed.

Scrutinising Of Election Results: What Didn't Reach The Supreme Court Judges - The Star, April 13, 2013

After observing the Supreme Court’s scrutiny of election results from the polling stations and the constituencies, I was surprised that the report presented to the judges barely scratched the surface of what we found.

On the first day of the pre-trial conference, before the hearings even began, the Supreme Court judges ordered judiciary staff to conduct a scrutiny of Forms 34 and Forms 36.