Saturday, April 20, 2019

Probe Team Meets Rights Body

David Opiyo ‘Probe Team Meets Rights Body’ reports on the meeting between retired Judge Johann Kreigler – Chairman of the 2007 Kenya Elections Independent Review team (also known as ‘The Kreigler Commission’ and Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) chairman Maina Kiai.
The Kreigler Commission led by retired South African Judge Johann Kreigler was set up as an independent review team. Kenyans hope that it will look into ‘what went wrong’ and ‘sources of the troubles’ that arose from the disputed 2007 Kenya Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. The report has a photo/image by Evans Ombecho. Abdulsamad Ali’s article ‘Election Chaos Blamed On Lack Of Democracy’ is an account of a peace meeting between one of Kenya’s former career ambassadors Bethwel Kiplagat and the lobby group Pwani For Peace (Pwani is the Kiswahili description of Kenya’s coastal, hence the group’s English name could stand for Coast for Peace). Ambassador Kiplagat is quoted as saying “ Kenya is not yet fully democratic, and this may have contributed to the chaos that followed the announcement of the Presidential election results”. The article provides an insight to some of political issues and challenges facing Kenya’s coastal communities. The Nation Team ‘Raila: I will improve service delivery’. The is an account of Kenya’s new Prime minister Raila Odinga moving into his new office temporary office in Kenya’s Treasury Building on Monday 14th April 2008 ‘with a promise to ensure that the country got back to its feet following the destruction caused by the post-election violence’. Daniel Otieno and Kibiwott Koross report Deliver new Constitution, LSK urges new Cabinet’ quotes Kenya’s the Kenya Law Society welcoming the announcement of the new ‘grand coalition’ cabinet saying its focus should be the new constitution. “If you ask me about the numbers, it is a big one indeed, but without a legal ceiling on how much the President can pick, we have no option,” said Mr Mwamu (Aggrey Mwamu is the Vice-Chairman of the Law Society of Kenya) commenting on the legal loopholes in Kenya’s present constitution. End

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