Diary Of An Election Observer

The 2022 general election has come and gone, and with it the fierce competition that elicited rising political tensions that reverberated across the country. The outcomes were fiercely contested, with William Ruto’s…


Who Qualifies To Be A Speaker of the Senate

To be declared elected as Speaker, a candidate must garner votes of two-thirds or 45 of the 67 Senators in the House.

The History of Speakers of Parliament (Senate and National Assembly)

As the leader(s) of one arm of government, the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate are so crucial considering the two Houses cannot transact any business without a Speaker.

The Work of the Senate and the National Assembly

On 27 August 2010, a new constitution was promulgated by the third President of Kenya,…



Stutchbury’s Slaying is Deja Vu for Environmental Crimes in Kenya

Stutchbury’s murder has shaken the conservation world, and understandably so because since time immemorial, Kenya has stayed on the wrong side of this fight.

Unpacking The Basic Structure Doctrine

Unpacking The Basic Structure Doctrine

For the basic structure to be morphed, the sovereignty of the people must bear.

Roaring from the Bench: Demystifying the BBI Judgement 

Roaring from the Bench: Demystifying the BBI Judgement 

The decision is not about those who subscribe to


The Presidential Petition Timelines

By 2 p.m. on 22 August 2022 – being the final day and hour when filings to the Supreme Court would be made against the declaration of William Ruto as president-elect – nine petitions had been submitted, with the requisite fee of KSh 1 million paid.

The Observers’ Verdict Is Out

About 18,000 local and international observers were accredited by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to monitor polling stations in the 290 constituencies around the country, ahead of the 9 August polls. 1300 of them were international observers, from a cross-section of…

Uhuru Kenyatta’s Temporary Incumbency

According to Article 134 of the Constitution, temporary incumbency of the President occurs “during the period commencing on the date of the first vote in a presidential election, and ending when the newly elected President assumes office.” 

Mathare, Makadara and the Embakasis

I made these logs on Wednesday 10 August 2022, the day after the general election, while monitoring the status of tallying in seven constituency tallying centers across Nairobi County. The following were my observations throughout the day:

Nai ni ya nani!

0558hrs.   In the horizon I can hear boda boda guys urging a sleepy town to wake up and go vote. I am on Wanyee Rd, heading to Toi Primary School, just off Ngong Rd, one of the main arteries that feed the…


Uganda’s Election History Explained

The territory presently known as Uganda held its FIRST elections in 1957, during which exercise representatives from the Uganda Protectorate were elected into the colonial Legislative Council.

Reclaiming the Pulpit

The seeming unusualness in Rev. Wainaina’s delivery emanates from the fact that the Provost’s interpretation of the gospel isn’t hypothetically but is grounded in the context of the goings on in the country today – from grand corruption to political conmanship and brinkmanship.

Hurtling Towards The 2022 Abyss

Wambora Gets The Last Laugh

Whether you are for or against the 69 year old, you have to give the Embu Governor his due. As he embarks on his new role as CoG, with the possibility of winning a second and final term, observers will be keen to see whether legal and political challenges will follow Wambora into his new role, and whether he will surmount them the same way as he has done in the past.

Reporting Under Museveni’s Darkness

On January 11, Facebook shut down accounts suspected to be pushing the governing National Resistance Movement’s propaganda. To retaliate, President Yoweri Museveni ordered the complete shutdown of Facebook in Uganda.  

Kenya’s Vaccine Headache