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UNDERSTANDING DEVOLUTION

By Gufu Jattani Wario What is the difference between devolution and decentralization? Devolution – Is the transfer of functions, resources, powers and responsibilities from the central government to semi-autonomous territorial and sub-national units (County Governments) – in order to promote participatory democracy and sustainable development for the benefit of all …

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Sonko is his own worst enemy

By Magesha Ngwiri- Consultant Editor As widely expected, at around 11.25 pm on Thursday night, Mike Mbuvi Sonko ceased being the governor of Nairobi County. To a significant majority in the National Government, and many citizens who dwell in Nairobi, this came as a welcome relief. His eccentricities have for …

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Lawyer Ndegwa Njiru is ‘king’ of impeachment

By Annette Wambulwa Want to impeach a governor? Or defend him or her? Lawyer Ndegwa Njiru is your man, though he says he doesn’t pick a side and pursues justice. Ndegwa was chosen as one of the Star’s Persons of the Year. He is one of the most sought-after lawyers …

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Strengthening citizen-centred governance should be a core element of the Biden administration’s democracy agenda

ORDER FROM CHAOS By Patrick W. Quirk and Eguiar Lizunda There are indications that President-elect Joe Biden intends to make supporting democracy a key element of his administration’s foreign policy. This is a pragmatic decision based in an understanding of national interest that recognizes that threats to democracy overseas imperil …

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed lands in Moyale, Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday arrived at Moyale in Marsabit County for the opening of the One-Stop Border Post. Mr Abiy inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) after which he toured the facility along with his host Mr Kenyatta. …

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Many or few MPs matters not

By Kaltuma Guyo The Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi cut a frustrated and lonely figure a fortnight ago as he decried the poor attendance record of MPs. His assertion that it has been challenging for Parliament to discuss crucial bills and reports due to lack of quorum should …

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Ghana’s Election — between a crocodile and an alligator

The two presidential front-runners in Ghana’s 2020 election have weak records on tackling corruption. This leaves voters with little choice, says DW’s Michael Oti. Make no mistake, Ghana is doing well. It’s one of only four sub-Saharan African countries ranked “free” in 2020 on the Freedom in the World index that …

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The UN removes cannabis from list of the most dangerous substances

A United Nations commission has voted to remove cannabis from a list that categorized it as one of the most dangerous drugs — a move that recognizes the plant as having medicinal value. The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs approved a recommendation from the World Health Organization on Wednesday to …

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Namibia is auctioning 170 wild elephants amid drought and rising population

Namibia has put 170 “high value” wild elephants up for sale due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, the southern African country’s environmental ministry announced on Wednesday. An advertisement carried by state-owned daily outlet New Era said an increase in incidents of human-elephant conflict motivated the sale. Namibia’s …

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Showdown as Sonko ferries MCAs to Mombasa hours before impeachment vote

Members of the Nairobi County Assembly are today (Thursday) set to vote on an impeachment motion seeking to oust Governor Mike Sonko from office, this despite the court issuing an order blocking the process. However, the governor has employed a divide and rule tactic, ferrying MCAs allied to him to …

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