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Incoming regime must step up and halt extra-judicial killings
Yesterday, three police officers were convicted for killing the Mavoko 3. As the Jubilee regime prepares its handover, will extra-judicial killings be its darkest stain?
By Irungu Houghton 26 days ago
Incoming regime must step up and halt extra-judicial killings
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Jubilee scorecard should help you decide on who to vote for
With 4 million undecided voters, the scorecard offers voters a rights-based lens to listen to the deputy presidential and presidential debates this week and make the right choices on August 9.
By Irungu Houghton 1 month ago
Jubilee scorecard should help you decide on who to vote for
Elections will make sense only if voters question candidates
Residents’ associations and media associations must lead public dialogues over the few remaining days. All several party manifestos must be debated for the elections to make sense.
By Irungu Houghton 1 month ago
Elections will make sense only if voters question candidates
Why execute broken persons? Let's abolish the death penalty
It’s been 35 years since the Kenyan state legally executed anyone for a capital offence but, for the 600 human beings currently on death row, three decades is too long to stay walking dead.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
Why execute broken persons? Let's abolish the death penalty
How TikTok, other social media apps will influence our elections
TikTok is largely a millennial and generational Z app. 75 per cent of its global audience are under 34. Less than 3.4 per cent of its users, this columnist included, are older than 55.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
How TikTok, other social media apps will influence our elections
Nothing personal, Chebukati must bar tainted aspirants
On the eve of Madaraka Day, the EACC released its list of 241 aspirants not compliant with chapter six in response to a request by the IEBC for advice. The list deserves to be read by all.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
Nothing personal, Chebukati must bar tainted aspirants
Yes, give the red card to leaders with questions on their integrity
This week’s red carding of 25 political aspirants is timely. In the next few days, IEBC will issue clearance certificates to over 7,500 candidates to run in the August 9 General Election.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
Yes, give the red card to leaders with questions on their integrity
Prioritise women candidates with history of human rights
The arc towards gender justice in politics has slowly been swinging towards equality. Wangari Maathai, Charity Ngilu, and Martha Karua have run presidential races in 1997 and 2013.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
Prioritise women candidates with history of human rights
Elect governors who can fix housing mess in our towns
The cost of construction and land remains too high, county governments have ignored physical planning and construction approvals remain bureaucratic and prone to corruption.
By Irungu Houghton 3 months ago
Elect governors who can fix housing mess in our towns
Each of us has a right not to be profiled, violated or killed
The right to life and dignity is enshrined in articles 26 and 28 of the Constitution. It applies to all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation and identity, class, age, or ethnicity.
By Irungu Houghton 3 months ago
Each of us has a right not to be profiled, violated or killed
As we honour Kibaki, let us apply his honesty and decency
The laying of Kenya’s Third President to rest in Nyeri today ends the life of an iconic leader and a week of remarkable tributes from all over the world.
By Irungu Houghton 3 months ago
As we honour Kibaki, let us apply his honesty and decency
If nothing is done, Kenyan journalists are not safe at all
Over 400 journalists have been killed over the last six years.
By Irungu Houghton 3 months ago
If nothing is done, Kenyan journalists are not safe at all
Terror guidelines will help State deal better with menace
Independent commissions and national offices, human rights organisations and citizens must continue to monitor their application and enforcement.  
By Irungu Houghton 4 months ago
Terror guidelines will help State deal better with menace
Africities is here, let us use it to strategise for Africa's cities
1.2 billion of the world’s 9.6 billion people will live on African soil within the next 30 years. About two thirds of them will be living in intermediate cities.
By Irungu Houghton 4 months ago
Africities is here, let us use it to strategise for Africa's cities
Why Kenyans should debate safe abortion and reproductive health
Primary health services were diverted from reproductive health to respond to the pandemic and family planning services access plummeted nationally
By Irungu Houghton 4 months ago
Why Kenyans should debate safe abortion and reproductive health
Listen to Jua Kali sector amid scrap metal ban and the polls
Poor people do not protect modern infrastructural investments and extreme inequalities and impunity is costly. A new approach is needed.
By Irungu Houghton 4 months ago
Listen to Jua Kali sector amid scrap metal ban and the polls
Why Kenyans need NGOs and civil society ahead of elections
Too many Kenyans believe living within our national values and refusing to bribe, or steal will not guarantee them comfortable and dignified lives.
By Irungu Houghton 4 months ago
Why Kenyans need NGOs and civil society ahead of elections
Let us build on national anger to transform boda boda sector
The stripping and sexual assault of a female motorist by boda boda motorcycle operators unleashed national anger.
By Irungu Houghton 5 months ago
Let us build on national anger to transform boda boda sector
Digital democracy should not fuel unfair online campaigns
Ruto’s lecture is a copy paste version of his arch-rival Raila Odinga pre-2013 and 2017 elections speeches to American and Kenyan diaspora audiences.
By Irungu Houghton 5 months ago
Digital democracy should not fuel unfair online campaigns
Tribute to Joe, the man who humanised HIV/Aids in Kenya
Joe Muriuki was not the first to be diagnosed, but he was the first with the courage to be interviewed in a KBC studio after discovering his status.
By Irungu Houghton 5 months ago
Tribute to Joe, the man who humanised HIV/Aids in Kenya
Police must go beyond tear-gas, clubs, bullets as poll nears
Clearer guidance is still needed on what is a “proportional response” to public disorder and violence.
By Irungu Houghton 5 months ago
Police must go beyond tear-gas, clubs, bullets as poll nears
Ignoring electoral safeguards could lead to a flawed process
Political parties must have a national character, uphold national unity and be democratically governed.
By Irungu Houghton 6 months ago
Ignoring electoral safeguards could lead to a flawed process
AU should back Amnesty report on Israel, revoke status
The report must inform how Kenyan and African Governments respond to the recent admission of Israel as an observer to the African Union.
By Irungu Houghton 6 months ago
AU should back Amnesty report on Israel, revoke status
AU must back Amnesty report, revoke Israel observer status
The report will fuel a South Africa led continental campaign to reverse the decision by Moussa Faki to admit Israel as an observer to the AU.
By Irungu Houghton 6 months ago
AU must back Amnesty report, revoke Israel observer status
Digital lawlessness could threaten our upcoming polls
If our neighbour walking naked in a public space would prompt us to enquire into their mental health, why not the vast digital spaces we now all roam?
By Irungu Houghton 6 months ago
Digital lawlessness could threaten our upcoming polls
With dumped bodies, L Victoria could be one large crime scene
We saw visual images of bloated bodies floating in gunny sacks, arms bound with visible signs of torture and suffocation dumped in River Yala.
By Irungu Houghton 6 months ago
With dumped bodies, L Victoria could be one large crime scene
Dr Olel’s life should inspire health workers to serve all
Two memorial services and his burial next week offer the nation a precious moment to reflect on his distinguished career and courage.
By Irungu Houghton 7 months ago
Dr Olel’s life should inspire health workers to serve all
Signs an aspirant may cheat on you after they get elected
Are there early signs of leadership and ethical integrity that we can distinguish from those already seeking our mandate and vote
By Irungu Houghton 7 months ago
Signs an aspirant may cheat on you after they get elected
For Tutu’s legacy to live on, we must emulate his life-example
Eulogised by the world, Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be laid to rest in the humblest of coffins.
By Irungu Houghton 7 months ago
For Tutu’s legacy to live on, we must emulate his life-example
Incoming regime must step up and halt extra-judicial killings
Yesterday, three police officers were convicted for killing the Mavoko 3. As the Jubilee regime prepares its handover, will extra-judicial killings be its darkest stain?
By Irungu Houghton 26 days ago
Incoming regime must step up and halt extra-judicial killings
Premium
Jubilee scorecard should help you decide on who to vote for
With 4 million undecided voters, the scorecard offers voters a rights-based lens to listen to the deputy presidential and presidential debates this week and make the right choices on August 9.
By Irungu Houghton 1 month ago
Jubilee scorecard should help you decide on who to vote for
Elections will make sense only if voters question candidates
Residents’ associations and media associations must lead public dialogues over the few remaining days. All several party manifestos must be debated for the elections to make sense.
By Irungu Houghton 1 month ago
Elections will make sense only if voters question candidates
Why execute broken persons? Let's abolish the death penalty
It’s been 35 years since the Kenyan state legally executed anyone for a capital offence but, for the 600 human beings currently on death row, three decades is too long to stay walking dead.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
Why execute broken persons? Let's abolish the death penalty
How TikTok, other social media apps will influence our elections
TikTok is largely a millennial and generational Z app. 75 per cent of its global audience are under 34. Less than 3.4 per cent of its users, this columnist included, are older than 55.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
How TikTok, other social media apps will influence our elections
Nothing personal, Chebukati must bar tainted aspirants
On the eve of Madaraka Day, the EACC released its list of 241 aspirants not compliant with chapter six in response to a request by the IEBC for advice. The list deserves to be read by all.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
Nothing personal, Chebukati must bar tainted aspirants
Yes, give the red card to leaders with questions on their integrity
This week’s red carding of 25 political aspirants is timely. In the next few days, IEBC will issue clearance certificates to over 7,500 candidates to run in the August 9 General Election.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
Yes, give the red card to leaders with questions on their integrity
Prioritise women candidates with history of human rights
The arc towards gender justice in politics has slowly been swinging towards equality. Wangari Maathai, Charity Ngilu, and Martha Karua have run presidential races in 1997 and 2013.
By Irungu Houghton 2 months ago
Prioritise women candidates with history of human rights
Elect governors who can fix housing mess in our towns
The cost of construction and land remains too high, county governments have ignored physical planning and construction approvals remain bureaucratic and prone to corruption.
By Irungu Houghton 3 months ago
Elect governors who can fix housing mess in our towns
Each of us has a right not to be profiled, violated or killed
The right to life and dignity is enshrined in articles 26 and 28 of the Constitution. It applies to all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation and identity, class, age, or ethnicity.
By Irungu Houghton 3 months ago
Each of us has a right not to be profiled, violated or killed
As we honour Kibaki, let us apply his honesty and decency
The laying of Kenya’s Third President to rest in Nyeri today ends the life of an iconic leader and a week of remarkable tributes from all over the world.
By Irungu Houghton 3 months ago
As we honour Kibaki, let us apply his honesty and decency