Disruptions Threatens Poll Integrity – ELOG

The Election Observation Group (ELOG) has called on the law enforcement authorities and the electoral management body, the IEBC, to address the rising cases of polling day violence that threaten the integrity of elections. In a preliminary report on the May 18th by-elections, ELOG warns that hired goons are causing despondency amongst voters and the […]

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Set Poll Quit Date-ELOG

The Elections Observation Group (ELOG), a constellation of election experts, has called for the setting of timelines for candidates wishing to withdraw from a race to avoid wastage of public resources and voter apathy. In a preliminary report on the March 18th, 2021 Machakos Senatorial By-election, ELOG notes that the MCC-P candidate, Mr. John Mutua […]

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Media Group Strives to Improve Journalism

The Kenya Media Sector Working Group met to discuss emerging challenges facing the media industry in Kenya and the reporting of the forthcoming referendum among other key issues affecting journalists. They called on the Government to consider journalists as a priority group to receive Covid-19 vaccine. The group also wants legislative and policy reforms put […]

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ELOG: Kenya is Failing on Electoral Integrity

The Election Observation Group (ELOG) Kenya, an organization that promotes inclusive, transparent and accountable electoral processes, has released its preliminary report on the 4th March, 2021 By-elections.  ELOG says it is concerned with the electoral malpractices witnessed which include bribery, violence and intimidation. But ELOG appreciated that the “protocols for conducting elections under COVID 19 […]

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Who Guards the Guards?

Who Guards the Guards? By Marion Gachuhi February 25, 2021 (Nairobi, Kenya) – They are referred to by numerous names. Some call them ‘soldier’, ‘askari’, ‘Maasai’, ‘watchie’, ‘guard’, ‘watchman’ or ‘security’. They man our residential gates, offices, entertainment joints…the list is endless. While they are busy protecting us day in, day out, who is protecting […]

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Burundi and the European Union pledge to renew Ties

Burundi is warming up to renewed diplomatic relations with the European Union after a period of hostility. During a meeting in early February with the EU delegation led by Ambassador Claude Bochu, Burundi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation Ambassador Albert Nshingiro said Burundi was ready to engage in dialogue with bilateral and multilateral […]

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My Tribulations under the Kanu Regime: A Reporters’ Notebook

One of the occupational hazards for reporters and photo-journalists in Kenya during the Moi era was police harassment, breaking of and confiscating of cameras and even spending a day or more as ‘a State Guest.’ I was a victim of State excesses on August 9, 1994, a few months after I was promoted and transferred […]

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Q and A With COVID-19 Survivor and Nurse

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit Kenya hard with 99,308 cases, 82,478 recoveries and 1,734 deaths according to Worldometer as of January 19, 2021. I spoke with Gerald Ngugi, a Covid-19 survivor and Nancy Gichuki, a nurse at one of the major hospitals in Kenya, concerning how COVID-19 infected and affected them respectively. Q: How did […]

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Uganda Government Called on to Respect Human Rights & Restore Peace

A number of institutions concerned with human rights, democracy and social justice have strongly condemned the curtailing of freedom and crimes against humanity by Ugandan government as the country goes for the General Elections. Fourteen African organizations on security and human rights, CBOs, grass-roots movements, women associations, youth networks, social justice centers, marginalized groups and […]

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HOW COVID-19 AFFECTED MY COMMUNITY ECONOMICALLY

On March 25, 2020, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared a nationwide 7:00 pm – 5:00 am curfew effective as of March 27, 2020. This very same evening, our local supermarket, Naivas, was thronged with people, clearing the shelves off basic necessities. Long-life milk, flour, cereals, tissues, cooking oil, soaps, hand-wash, sanitizers etcetera. The same happened […]

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