How TTI Supported work in Kenya may Trigger Commitment to Open Government at Sub-national level?

John Mutua
Post Date: 01 September 2017

Kenya’s commitment to an open and transparent government is not in doubt. First, from a legal perspective, the three pillars: openness, accountability and participation that are a cornerstone of good governance are well captured in the Constitution. In particular, Article 35 of the Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to access any information held by the state. It goes further to also note that every citizen has a right to access information held by another person, if required for the exercise or protection of any right or fundamental freedom. In fact, the Access to Information Act 2016, gives effect to this constitutional provision. Simply put, all public entities are obligated to publish and publicize any important information affecting the National Government and the County Governments. 

Why Efforts to Unlock Mobilization of Local Revenue Collection in Nairobi are Critical to Improved Service Delivery?

John Mutua
Post Date: 03 August 2017

Nairobi City County boasts as one of the most attractive cities to investors. In fact, in 2015, it was ranked third in Africa. Besides, it is also a regional financial service hub with a booming construction and property market. Moreover, Nairobi City County (NCC) leads in property registration among the key indicators  of Doing Business in Kenya 2016. There is probably more that is positive of Nairobi worth noting especially in this election period depending on one’s judgement.

Kenya’s plastic consumption needs to be addressed

Edwige Marty
Post Date: 26 January 2017

It is a daily occurrence for many Kenyans especially in the urban areas to use plastic bags. They can be spotted anywhere, be it when buying chapatis at the corner of the street or vegetables from mama mboga; the inevitable plastic bags are everywhere. In Nairobi County, the Government introduced ‘The 2016 Nairobi County Plastic Control Bill’. This new bill will seek to apply a fee to everyone using plastic bags(Njoroge, Nairobians will pay for plastic bags under new Bill, 2016). The intention behind it is laudable, reducing plastic waste and encouraging recycling of bags but its application is dubious, it could work well in big retail outlets but what about the street vendors?

Liquor laws effect on Women’s conviction

Edith Nyamichaba
Post Date: 14 December 2016

In 2010, the Kenyan government enacted the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act or Liquor Act aimed at regulating the trade in alcohol. This meant more regulations regarding the manufacturing and sale of alcohol with a system of licenses and permits. There are however evident disparities in sentences, absence of proportionality and uniformity in sentencing and lack of information on the process of sentences in some of the laws in this country. Within the Liquor Act for example, data on the number of convicted offenders shows a rather skewed view against women. While all these reforms are laudable, the efficiency and performance of the criminal justice and penal regime has not been examined more keenly. 

UNCTAD 14: From Decisions to Actions

Ruth Kinyanjui
Post Date: 08 August 2016

 A few minutes past 4.00 p.m, Armed with a gavel in the air, Amb. Amina Mohamed asked for any reservations regarding the draft text. Delegates mum with anxious faces in the hall looking from side to side, Amb. Amina the President of UNCTAD stroke the wooden gavel rest and everyone applauds. The notes of the gavel were never so like music before, a sigh of relief for negotiators overwhelmed with delight as they reflected over the long nights and negotiations that were able to deliver from UNCTAD 14, the adoption of Nairobi Maafikiano.

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