Written by KHRC    Monday, 11 November 2013 09:16   
WHY THE BILL TO REGULATE THE CIVIL SOCIETY IS A BAD LAW FOR THE COUNTRY

THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL, 2013: WHY IT IS A BAD LAW FOR THE COUNTRY AND WHY KENYA’S CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS WILL RESIST IT

 

On October 30, 2013 the Attorney-General of the Republic of Kenya published the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2013. The Bill seeks, amongst others, to amend parts of the Public Benefit Organizations Act (No. 18 of 2013), popularly known as the PBO Act, a progressive legislation that the 10th Parliament passed before the March 2013 General Elections. The overall thrust, content and import of the proposed amendments is to place the country’s civil society under even tighter control of the state than was the case for civil society organizations (CSOs) under the infamous Non-governmental Organizations Co-ordination Act (No. 19 of 1990), which the PBO Act repealed. That this is happening even before the Cabinet Secretary responsible for planning and national development gives the PBO Act a commencement date, and while the necessary regulations had been drafted and were under discussion with representatives of the civil society, is clearly a set-back to an otherwise positive policy process. From the outset, the following four issues are core to the country’s PBOs in relation to the proposed legislation:

  1. The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill’s proposed amendments to the PBO Act are ill-advised, unconstitutional in their overall scope and content, and brazenly undermine the spirit of the PBO Act. Consequently, they should be re-drafted before the Bill is tabled in the National Assembly. The PBO Bill was the product of a foresighted Member of Parliament, the Hon. Sophia Abdi Noor, who consulted representatives of the country’s development sector, key government departments like the Non-governmental Organizations Coordination Board, and led the development of a new law that was not only in conformity with the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 but was also reflective of a shift in government-civil society relations. The proposed amendments take the country back to the '90s era when the state treated CSOs as security threats that had to be muzzled along with other alternative voices, in a very restricted democratic space.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 11 November 2013 09:26 )
 
Written by Beryl Aidi    Friday, 07 June 2013 11:11   
Truth was told, Justice at last


From left to right ( front raw) Dan Leader (partner at Leigh Day&Co) Atsango Chesoni (Executive Director KHRC), Dr. Chris Turner ( British High Commissioner to Kenya), Kiburu M’marete( Vice-chair, MMWVA). Security ( back rowFrom left to right ( front raw) Dan Leader (partner at Leigh Day&Co) Atsango Chesoni (Executive Director KHRC), Dr. Chris Turner ( British High Commissioner to Kenya), Kiburu M’marete( Vice-chair, MMWVA). Security ( back rowNAIROBI 07 June 2013

At last, torture survivors of the atrocities committed by the British Colonial Government in Kenya during the colonial era can bring closure to the pain and humiliation suffered in the struggle for the liberation of Kenya during the State of Emergency period from 1952 to 1959. The journey to justice has been long and arduous. For over ten years (since 2003), the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the Mau Mau War Veterans Association (MMWVA) have remained focused and relentless in their fight for justice for the Kenyan victims of colonial torture as well as for the rightful recognition of our liberation heroes within Kenya’s body politic. It is that focus and relentless commitment from the KHRC and the MMWVA that has yielded the victory—an out of court settlement with the British Government; an apology from the British Government; and the funding of a memorial from the British Government—that we celebrate today.

The KHRC has been working with the victims of colonial era torture since 2003, shortly after the Mau Mau movement had been un-proscribed. Prior to 2003 it had not been possible for victims to organise themselves and pursue a claim on behalf of survivors of the camps, since it had been unlawful to organize or take part in any activity of or on behalf of the Mau Mau society.

 

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Written by Beryl Aidi    Friday, 26 April 2013 13:44   
KHRC launches book on Functions of Elected State Officers

Functions of Elected State OfficersFunctions of Elected State Officers
The Kenya Human Rights Commission on Tuesday April 23, 2013 launched a book on the functions of elected state officers. The book titled Functions of Elected State Officers: Making a Complete Shift from the Past” is a brief over view of what is expected of the elected state officers under the devolved system of government introduced by the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

Kenyan Members of Parliament (MPs) are known to be some of the best paid in Africa and in deed in the world. In the past they had they had the privilege of setting their own salaries. In the period 2008- 2013, Kenyan taxpayers paid MPs KES 851,000 per month and the President KES 2.4M per month. In the same period, Kenya’s per capita income has been KES 2,000 per month, while minimum wage remained KES 4,050 per month. This means the President earned over 595 times than the average citizen, while MPs in the 10th Parliament earned over 425 times more than the per capita income and 210 times more than the minimum wage paid to the many workers in the agriculture, plantations and allied sector whose sweat is the backbone of Kenya’s economy.

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Written by KHRC    Thursday, 28 February 2013 14:08   
Calling for Election of More Women
Celerate Women in Leadership: KHRC Calls for Election of More Women

Purity Mwongeli-  MP Candidate for Embakasi South, NairobiPurity Mwongeli- MP Candidate for Embakasi South, NairobiThe Kenya Human Rights Commission hosted a gala dinner on February 13, 2013 in celebration of Women in Leadership in 2013. Targeted at aspiring women candidates in the upcoming general elections, the event brought together women aspirants and other eminent personalities to network, endorse and motivate the aspirants ahead of the general elections.

Present at the event were women leaders in the judiciary, media, corporate and non-governmental organizations. It was noted that each of the guests represented triumph over obstacles and a reason to believe for the aspirants present that there is light at the end of their journey.

Speaking at the event, Atsango Chesoni from KHRC pointed out that the Women in Leadership initiative is designed to ensure more women are elected into public office come the 2013 general elections. She added that the female aspirants are still disadvantaged as compared to their male counterparts locally and their female counterparts regionally. She noted that Rwanda for example has a female majority in parliament while Kenya had less that 10% representation in the 10th Parliament.

 

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