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LAW MORALITY POLITICS

Freedom of speech and the right to lie

Last Monday (16th March 2020), a fellow sporting the name Elijah Muthui Kitonyo was arrested by Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) agents, on charges of “publishing false information that may cause panic, contrary to Section 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act of 2018.” If found guilty, Mr Muthui faces a fine of up to KES 5 million, or a jail term not exceeding ten years, or both.

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LAW SHORT STORIES

Your honour, I am innocent.

by Kevin Andego.

“Kindly call for the next file,” was the instruction from the sober umpire, directed to her assistant. She keenly surveyed the people who had punctuated her court room. She sat on her seat of justice, which overlooked the entire court room, with the confidence of a silverback gorilla. Our dear umpire had an ability to focus that could put an eagle to shame.

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LAW MORALITY POLITICS

When life becomes cheap

I know it is already stale news – nothing stays fresh in today’s breathless 24-hour news cycle anyway – but the shooting of that young man in Eastleigh by a plain-clothes policeman in the sight of hundreds of people still haunts me.

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LAW

The pupil, the lawyer

by Kevin Andego

This topic speaks an entire universe to the participants of the legal profession and especially to its protagonists, the learning and learned allies. To those whose hearts do not resonate with this profession and whom English has christened ‘laymen’, the topic might fail to ring a bell or if it does, ring the wrong bell, for its ringing may easily remind them of those joyful days in primary school, when we were innocent and naive, the jolly old days.

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LAW POLITICS

Why the end of party-hopping is good for Kenyan politics

If the bill is signed into law by the President, a politician will only be able to vie for an elective seat on the party nomination or independent ticket submitted to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision not less than 90 or 60 days respectively prior to the polls.

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LAW MORALITY

We are all human, despite our defects

The High Court in Mombasa recently ruled as legal some weird “medical” tests that are to be carried out on some men to find out if they have had consensual anal intercourse. The invasive anal examinations had been opposed by the involved men as both degrading to their human dignity and a form of torture. But the court upheld the legality of the procedure on the argument that evidence could not be obtained in any other way.