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Toward a Peaceful Order in the Horn of Africa

By Abiy Ahmed The Ethiopian government’s victory over the Tigray People’s Liberation Front came at a high cost, and the humanitarian situation in northern Tigray remains grave. But only an Ethiopia at peace, with a government bound by humane norms of conduct, can play a constructive role across the region …

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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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Trump’s unforgivable pardons

Some of the names smack of the Washington insider-trading that Trump has decried By Dominic Green It’s been a month since the President pardoned a turkey, so why pardon a flock of them now? Presidential pardons and commutations may be lawful and traditional, and the conduct of government agencies in …

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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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Somalia wouldn’t be the first or the last to be dismembered

By Makau Mutua Several weeks ago, I opined on Twitter that Somalia, the most dysfunctional state in Africa, must either be dismembered, disaggregated, re-aggregated, or abolished altogether. LEGAL FICTIONS I immediately received flak and opprobrium from all manner of pedestrian commenters. Much of the commentary was emotionally charged without any …

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It’s Not Just Trump’s War on Democracy Anymore

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON Republicans have gone far beyond merely humouring their losing leader. By Susan B. Glasser The streets are still quiet in Washington, nine months into a pandemic that is reaching yet another deadly peak. Most of the offices remain closed, and even outdoor sports have been cancelled by …

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No, President Trump can’t pardon himself

Michael Luttig In June 2018, in the throes of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, the president claimed in a tweet “the absolute right to PARDON myself,” citing “numerous legal scholars.” The president was correct …

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US bears some responsibility for northern Ethiopia tragedy

By Ali Mohamed Ethiopia is sliding into a man-made disaster. The tension between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a group that had misruled Ethiopia for three decades and the federal government has been mounting for months. It exploded into a full scale conflict on November 4 when Prime Minister …

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Why Isaac Lenaola should be next CJ

By Salad Malicha Coming from a marginalised and nearly ‘forgotten’ sleepy Samburu county, Isaac Lenaola beat all odds to attain outstanding academic credentials and become Kenya’s top jurist. His journey to the top has not been an easy ride. Born in late 1967 in Maralal now Samburu County, his passion …

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