Primacy of the law has been asserted in Kenya – with unpredictable aftermath

Justin Willis, Durham University On Friday 1 September, Kenya’s Supreme Court delivered a surprise. Against the expectations of many, the court ruled – in a 4:2 majority verdict – that the presidential election held on 8 August was null and void. The incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta, had been declared the winner of that poll. He …

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Social media and fake news batter Kenya’s traditional media

George Ogola, University of Central Lancashire The recent Kenyan elections firmly demonstrated the incursion and perhaps even gradual institutionalisation of fake news as an actor in modern politics, particularly during elections. Although the term fake news is now so liberally used to the extent it eludes precise definition, many agree it’s the deliberate dissemination of …

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Remarks by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at G7 Summit

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the Group of Seven (G7) heads of state and government meeting in Sicily. Here are his remarks as posted on the web site of the office of the Presidency in Kenya. STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES …

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Kenya’s clampdown on civil society is against its self-interest

Jennifer Brass, Indiana University, Bloomington In the three years since Uhuru Kenyatta became president of Kenya, relations between his government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been repeatedly strained. Recently friction arose when the NGO Board – the agency responsible for registering organisations in Kenya – announced strict new rules on expatriate NGO workers. At nearly …

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Obama’s visit to Kenya: why Africa matters to America

Scott Firsing, Monash University Preparations are underway for US President Barack Obama to once again visit Africa. In July, he will become the first American president to visit Kenya. Ahead of Obama’s visit, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the local chapter of a global initiative to promote entrepreneurship. The pair will be co-hosting the sixth …

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