East African Center For Law & Justice


Gay Awards Launched in Nairobi
Sunday, 16 December 2012
An event honoring Lesbians, Gays, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer individuals (LGBTIQ) was held on Saturday. The first gay and lesbian awards was organized by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) and was launched to honor LGBT people for their contributions to the Kenyan Society. The event which was held at Charter Hall Nairobi also saw politicians, employers and journalists committed to advancing equality and social acceptance of LGBT people awarded. The main aim was to encourage inclusion, tolerance and a respect for sexual diversity.The organizers said that the event aimed at initiating public dialogue on inclusion, tolerance, respect for difference and the need for peace.The KHRC and NGLHRC said that they are committed to promoting dialogue on sexual and gender diversity. They added that they wanted the full participation, equality and inclusion of LGBT individuals in the Kenyan society. It is their vision...(380)
Your role in the Electoral Proces
Tuesday, 04 December 2012
The sovereign power belongs to us, the people. You and I are to exercise this sovereignty either directly or indirectly through democratically elected representatives. Sovereignty means the exercise of power by the people and for the people. It is through elections that we, citizens, choose the kind of government and leaders we want.Elections offer citizens the opportunity to exercise their political right that is guaranteed in the Constitution. It is an opportunity for the people to choose good leaders so as to ensure that they do not suffer the consequences of bad leadership.To be able to effectively exercise our sovereign role, it is important for us to appreciate our political rights and responsibilities in the electoral process. As citizens we are required to understand the political rights and obligations provided in the Constitution and actively participate in various electoral activities such as registering as voters.Article 10 of the Constitution provides for national...(209)
Politics and Bad Marriages
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Politics and Bad Marriages: Why You Need To Vote Wisely. By Mwana FalsafaIf you have lived long enough, you most likely have seen it. A lovely couple, a beautiful wedding, a couple of years... a tragic divorce. What on earth went wrong... people wonder. Then the older and wiser ones in the group tell them. These people got married for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps the man was rich and the girl was beautiful. He was charming and she made the perfect trophy wife for him. Her beauty made her the perfect wife for him. He loved the attention she him from his friends, and he loved the attention she always gave him. She enjoyed the expensive gifts and the fancy restaurants. She also enjoyed the envious looks she got from her girlfriends when he came to pick her up in his expensive sports car. But after the wedding, reality soon hits their utopia. The same restless ambitious nature that got him his wealth begins to work against them. Suddenly he gets bored of her. The thrill of the chase...(241)
Voter Registration Begins In Kenya
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
With the arrival of the Biometric Voter Registration Kits, a 30-day voter registration kicked off countrywide on Monday. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) target is to register at least 18 million voters. A total of 29 000 voter registration clerks have already been trained for the exercise.The BVR Kits are expected to help curb election fraud by improving on the integrity of the registration. A voter's fingerprint and photograph are taken to ensure that the ones registering are the ones who will turn up to vote. The Biometric voter registration uses fingerprints and facial features to uniquely identify each voter. So Kenyans will only be required to produce their national identity cards during the voting process, in a move that is a major break from the past.The Kshs 7 Billion Electronic Biometric Voter Registration Solution allows the IEBC to:o Register voters "in the field"o Issue different types of voter ID cards (Laminated paper, or high-quality PVC)...(444)
Bensouda's Visit
Friday, 02 November 2012
The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor's anticipated five-day visit to Kenya came to a final point last week after she had addressed what was believed to have been the core matters that had triggered her jetting into the country in the first place.Through a press conference, Fatou Bensouda informed the public that the ICC was fully convinced that the four suspects against whom charges had been lodged at the criminal court had a case to answer.The prosecutor further clarified that contrary to what many Kenyans believe; the ICC is not prosecuting the government or any ethnic community. She pointed out that the ICC was not in Kenya to eliminate a particular political candidate but rather, Kenya being a signatory to the Rome Statute gave the ICC process its legitimacy.Bensouda called for cooperation from Kenyans as she expressed concerns that the Government had delayed in submitting information that was important in facilitating the trial against the four suspects. She also...(314)