Posted in New Constitution, Political Analysis, tagged Bishop Muge, Charles Rubia, constitution, constitutional review, Hempstone, Imanyara, Jirongo, KANU, katiba, Kenneth matiba, Kenya Human Rights Commission, kenyan politics, khaminwa, KHRC, kibaki, kiraitu, Kiraitu Murungi, Likoni, matiba, Moi, Molo, Murungi, Naivasha, new constitution, Njoro, Nyayo torture chambers, raila, Rev. Njoya, Rift Valley, Ruto, Section 2(a), Suswa, Uhuru, Wangari Mathai, Yes on July 22, 2010 |
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Just yesterday, the Nation (See article Kenya torture victims compensated) reported that he Kenya Government will compensate former detainees up to an amount of Sh40 million. Lady Justice Hannah Okwengu, a High Court judge awarded the money to 21 ex-detainees whom the judge ruled had proved that they had been subjected to torture at the infamous Nyayo torture chambers and deserved to be compensated. The 21, through the Kenya Human Rights Commission, accused the government of violating their rights. They said they were tortured by police in former president Moi’s reign.
Then I recall seeing former President Moi’s in his longtime favourite red-shirt from the days of KANU. Moi was quoted saying that he knew the history of the Rift Valley better than anyone else in this country. That maybe true but then again it may not be but that is irrelevant. What is, is that after that he asked the audience ‘ Rift Valley ni ya nani hasa?‘ ( To whom does the Rift Valley belong). Your guess is as good as mine what sort of answer our former president was driving at.
The self-styled ‘profesa‘ (sic) of politics is a man that never ceases to amaze. (more…)
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Posted in New Constitution, Political Analysis, tagged kamau kuria, katiba, kenyan politics, khaminwa, kiraitu, matiba, muite, njoya, referendum, Rev. Njoya, rubia on June 10, 2010 |
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Two of the fathers of opposition politics in Kenya, Mr Kenneth Matiba (left) and Mr Charles Rubia. Photo/NATION FILE
Posted Friday, May 7 2010 at 20:51 on nation.co.ke
On May 3, 1990, two momentous events occurred.Mr Kenneth Matiba and Mr Charles Rubia, both former Cabinet ministers and expellees of the ruling party, Kanu, called for the repeal of Section 2a of the constitution, dissolution of Parliament, and a referendum to decide Kenya’s future. It was Section 2a that guaranteed the ruling party legal monopoly of political power.
On the same day, Mr Smith Hempstone, the American ambassador to Kenya, said there was a strong tide flowing in the United States Congress to concentrate America’s economic assistance on nations that nourished democratic institutions, defended human rights, and practised multiparty politics.
Matiba and Rubia had called a press conference at Nairobi’s Stanley Hotel to make their demand. Hempstone was addressing Rotary Club members.
Both statements raised the country’s political temperatures to boiling point. President Moi was quick to brand the two politicians “tribalists and puppets of foreign masters.” He singled out Matiba in particular as “a dictator for demanding the immediate dissolution of Parliament.” He said Kenya was a sovereign country that could not be dictated to by any other country. (more…)
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