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Coming of Age – Democratic evolution in Kenya

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An award-winning documentary by Judy Kibinge About the Film This coming of age story depicts the three ages and stages of democracy as seen through the eyes of a girl growing up. The Kenyatta era, a time of great optimism and post-independence euphoria is reflected in the innocence and naivety of the young girl. As Kenya enters its next era, of dictatorship under Daniel arap Moi, the gloom of oppression and confusion is reflected by teenage turmoil and finally, all grown up, we find ourselves in Kenyas third stage of democracy under Mwai Kibaki and wondering if democracy, with all its free speech and openness can ever really come of age.
About the Director
Judy Kibinge is a writer and Director. She began her career as a copywriter in advertising, resigning as Creative Director at McCann Erickson Kenya in 1999 to pursue a career in film. Film credits include: The Aftermath (MNET New Directions 2002)

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Obama’s grandmother injured in road accident

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Photo/FILE Mama Sarah Obama.

Photo/FILE Mama Sarah Obama.

US President Barack Obama’s grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama, sustained bruises during a road accident at Otonglo on the Kisumu-Busia highway at the weekend.

The accident, which took place on Saturday around 9pm, is reported to have occurred after the driver lost control of the vehicle she was in while trying to overtake another.

According to a witness, Mr Dennis Owuor, some residents rushed to the scene after hearing a loud bang at night.

“When we came to find out what had happened, we discovered that a car had rolled and soon there were a number of police officers at the scene,” he said.

Mr Owuor said that the quick response to a “minor accident” made them suspect that a prominent person had been involved.

Taken to hospital

Kisumu police boss Musa Kongoli said that Mama Obama was travelling to her home in Siaya when the accident occurred.

“The vehicle was travelling from Kisumu to Siaya. The occupants were taken to hospital for treatment,” said Mr Kongoli.

Mama Obama was in the company of four other people, two of whom were said to be her bodyguards.

Aga Khan Hospital Nursing director Vinodh Krishnankutty said Mama Obama had sustained bruises and was in shock when brought to the hospital.

She said the five accident victims were then treated and discharged.

Source: Daily Nation

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UoN scores higher in global ranking

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High ranking means more prestige and ability to attract foreign students and high profile scholars. Photo/FILE

High ranking means more prestige and ability to attract foreign students and high profile scholars. Photo/FILE

The University of Nairobi (UoN) has opened a big lead ahead of its peers in Kenya in terms of volume and quality of research, according to a new ranking of 12,000 universities worldwide.

The latest study by Spanish research firm Webometrics shows that UoN retained its top position in Kenya, moving up to 14 from 27 in Africa and more than 1,700 places worldwide to stand at 2,452 compared to last January’s ranking.

In contrast to UoN’s performance, all other Kenyan universities ranked below 3,000 worldwide, meaning that they are lagging behind their global rivals in the adoption of modern research, teaching, and academic publishing methods.

The Webometrics study ranks universities after assessing the volume and quality of online academic research and scholarly activity of 20,300 universities around the world.

The low ranking of Kenyan universities compromises competitiveness of Kenyan graduates in the global labour market. It also means a lower prestige for the local institutions on the international stage, slowing down scholarly partnerships and funding from the top league universities and donors.

“There is enormous attention given to every league table that is published as well as its quality ranking. And they are taken seriously by students, government and especially by the media,” said Ms Ellen Hazelkorn, the main author of a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which sought to establish the influence of university ranking.

Though the choice of a university in Kenya is largely affected by cost considerations, prospective local and international students from wealthy families have started paying attention to the global ranking.

Webometrics says its goal is to encourage greater adoption of online publications and information sharing.

“The web presence and visibility are probably the best proxies for describing the overall performance of the universities in the 21st century, and possibly they are also the only ones able to classify all of them in a confident way,” Webometrics said in a statement.

Strathmore University came second to UoN, dropping to 54 from 38 in Africa, with a global standing at 3,051. Egerton University is third and is ranked 60 among the top 100 universities in Africa and 3,449 worldwide. Kenyatta University is fourth in Kenya, dropping to 61 from 51 in Africa with a global ranking of 3,522.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is fifth, climbing up to 80 from 89 in Africa and 5,315 globally. African Virtual University, which is headquartered in Kenya, is sixth after breaking into Africa’s top 100 list for the first time at 82, standing at 5,390 worldwide.

Kenyan universities have in the past two years gone big on physical expansions, opening several constituent colleges without a commensurate spend on academic staffing and learning resources such as libraries.

The universities are yet to offer local degrees on a pure online platform, citing high initial costs and a deep-seated culture of classroom teaching. Funding for research has also been constrained at a time when admissions have expanded rapidly.

The low uptake of modern technologies among most African countries has seen universities in the more developed world dominate all rankings as they improve their research and teaching methods, including use of the Internet.

South African universities, for instance, took up the top five spots in the top 100 Africa ranking, led by University of Cap Town, Stellenbosch University, and University of Witwatersrand.

Globally, Harvard knocked off Massachusetts Institute of Technology from the pole position, leading a pack of 15 US universities that dominated the ranking.

Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Corporate+News/UoN+scores+higher+in+global+ranking+/-/539550/1320666/-/66snaq/-/

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Total fiction, ethnicity and the Diaspora

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A friend alerted me to the fact that I had been adversely mentioned in a column by Rasna Warah (DN, January 23).

The tone of the entire piece was in several respects seeded with unjustified conclusions.

Ms Warah started by recounting a vitriolic response from some Kenyan in Pennsylvania.

The riled responder apparently called upon fire and brimstone to consume her for something she had written. I have no idea what it was.

After a little theorising about the possible triggers of Diaspora behaviour, Ms Warah transitioned to the territory of ‘negative ethnicity’ and, bam, I was held up as a purveyor of a particularly virulent strain.

The conflation of insults by an interlocutor in Pennsylvania with my alleged comments at the height of Kenya’s post-election 2008 conflagration was at first a little baffling, but soon I got the drift.

The writer was assembling examples of ‘‘hate speech’’ by Kenyans abroad to back her thesis.

I would not claim Ms Warah quoted me out of context; that would be too much of a cop-out. The phrases she presented as having been written by me were:

“There should be an armed resistance leading to the partition of the country” and “Kenyans should never forgive or forget what these guys (denizens of Central Kenya) have done. There is no guarantee they will not do it again. It is in their DNA”.

I shall provide the context of my alleged comments and let you, the reader, decide.

At the height of post-election violence, the state of Kenya was rapidly ceasing to exist. State authority was eroding at a furious rate.

Death and destruction was visited upon many. Finally, international midwifery coupled with slowly returning sanity prevailed, and the country stepped back from the precipice.

The Kenya Studies Association listserv was one of the forums where debate raged and various points of view flew unhindered.

I referred in a scholarly manner to the right of revolution in political philosophy that has been used throughout history to justify rebellions.

If a government loses legitimacy or is tyrannical, do the people have a natural right to rebel and must they, therefore, as is the case in the US, have the right to bear arms?

In a wider arena, did the people of Southern Sudan have a right to determine that they were better off on their own rather than remaining in a unitary Sudan?

Or Eritrea vis-a-vis Ethiopia? Or Field Marshall John Okello leading a revolt against the Arab sultanate in Zanzibar?

The cohesiveness of ethnic groups defines their organisational DNA, if you like. My ethnic community does have its DNA too, a butt of jokes to some about the preferred occupations of members of the group. I do not take umbrage!

Finally, one swallow does not a summer make. Ms Warah’s alarming conclusion about the capacity of Diaspora opining – she has obviously never trolled some respectable US blogs where the First Amendment protections allow truly ‘hateful’ stuff – to ignite calamity back in Kenya is an example of cavalier reasoning.

To begin with, the causes of peace or lack thereof in Kenya have little to do with the Diaspora.

How many Kenyans peek into restricted listservs compared to print media readership?

Dr Mulaa works and lives in the United states.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/Total+fiction+ethnicity+and+the+Diaspora+/-/440808/1320728/-/13w67sx/-/

Related story: Kenyans abroad should not be allowed to plunge this country into darkness

 

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Homosexuals seek refuge in Kenya

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Homosexual rights demonstrators in Uganda
Homosexual rights demonstrators in Uganda

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 5 – Until a new anti-homosexuality bill caused a wave of homophobia in Uganda, John and Paul could hold hands in the streets of the capital Kampala and kiss in night clubs.

Then the nightmare started — people began insulting and then assaulting them, and then they had to run away to Kenya. The couple have been in Nairobi since May of last year.

Like other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, they came to this urban jungle seeking anonymity, explained the official running a programme that looks after these refugees.

His organisation, which last year alone looked after 67 LGBT cases in Kenya, did not want to be named for fear of endangering its refugees.

Some have fled a strict application of Islamic law in Somalia, others are running from general sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and yet others have fled a climate of growing hostility elsewhere in east Africa.

Some hope to be able to find refuge in Western countries sympathetic to their plight, such as the United States.

In December, President Barack Obama said that fighting discrimination against gays should be at the forefront of American diplomacy.

And last month UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African leaders they must respect gay rights, in an unusually outspoken statement at the African Union summit.

“One form of discrimination ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long has been discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” he said at the meeting in Addis Ababa.

In Kampala, people “did not know we [gays] existed” until a member of parliament in 2009 proposed strengthening the law against homosexuality, which could already lead to a life sentence in prison.

“People demonstrated against us, told us we were not human beings. We could not buy from shopkeepers,” recounted John, 26.

But worse was to come.

A screaming tabloid headline encouraged its readers to “hang” homosexuals and in October 2010 published the names, photos and addresses of more than 20 gays, including those of the couple.

“People started disappearing,” said John, who was beaten up several times.

Then Paul was attacked.

“I was watching a film when I heard a lot of noise,” said the well-built 24-year-old. “People had broken into my place, armed with stones, sticks and machetes.”

John, who was on his way to his boyfriend’s home, fled when he saw the attackers.

– ‘Their lives are in danger’ –

“To me he was dead,” he remembers thinking of his partner.

Paul owes his life to the intervention of the police, who however immediately jailed him. “I was physically abused, beaten, bleeding from everywhere,” he recounted with difficulty.

His friend David Kato, a gay activist, intervened to get him freed.

Paul, whose home had been trashed and who no longer dared set foot in his three electronics shops, kept on hoping the situation would improve.

That is until Kato was brutally murdered just over a year ago, found bludgeoned to death at home outside Kampala on January 26, 2011.

The killing sparked widespread international condemnation, including from Obama who decried such crimes as “unconscionable” and said: “LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights.”

After Kato’s murder, Paul decided to join John who had gone into hiding in Busia, near the Kenyan border.

Their fellow Ugandan Danie, 31, avoided getting beaten up before her arrest because she never revealed she was transgender.

She was a civil servant in a prominent Ugandan institution. She also served, clandestinely, as point of contact for American and Canadian LGBT rights groups.

When her secret sideline was found out she was jailed for five weeks.

“They questioned me. ‘What are your very ultimate objectives?’ (they asked). I was accused of being an enemy to the government,” she told AFP.

She was freed when a powerful uncle intervened and she fled to Kenya at the end of July 2011.

When she talks to people back in Kampala they tell her that Ugandan intelligence operatives have been trying to track her down in Nairobi.

LGBT refugees are in a particularly difficult position, said the official from the programme that helps them.

They cannot return home where their lives are in danger. Nor can they settle in Kenya, where refugees are not allowed to work and where homosexuality is also illegal.

The only solution is often to head to a third country.

His NGO has over the past several years tried to make humanitarian organisations aware of the extent of the problem.

“It’s a very slow process, people are very reluctant to take care of LBGT refugees as such. They feel other priorities are more important.”

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Jeff Koinange On A Mission?

Posted by Administrator on February 5, 2012

The best description of television presenter Jeff Koinange I ever heard was that he is like a human cartoon. And it seems that the greater the apparent threat to his political godfathers, the more Koinange becomes almost a parody of himself – a parody characterised by strange body jerks, weird facial grimaces and painfully tortured pronouncements – as he falls over backwards (or more often leans dangerously forward) to lick the egos of the carefully selected guests appearing on his K24 programme Capital Talk.

It is amusingly cringe-worthy stuff. But beyond the sniggers, it is also very serious. Koinange appears to be a man on a mission, and that mission is to push the notion that Prime Minister Raila Odinga was behind the International Criminal Court process that has seen three high-ranking public officers and a journalist charged with heinous crimes against fellow Kenyans.

The Second Schedule to the Media Act 2007has a code of conduct that exhorts journalists to distinguish clearly “between comment, conjecture and fact” and to “vigorously resist undue influence from … powerful individuals and special interest groups”. What Koinange has been doing in his programme is in direct contravention of those guidelines.

The TV station K24 is owned by Mediamax, which in turn is majority, if not wholly, owned by the Kenyatta family. Presumably with his employer’s blessing, Koinange has been openly using his programme to engage in what can only be viewed as blatant propaganda and insinuated falsehoods against the Prime Minister. Does this constitute hate speech? I don’t know, but in pursuit of his objective, there is no one Koinange loves to have more frequently ‘on the bench’ than Miguna Miguna.

Miguna used to work for the Prime Minister. After an acrimonious falling-out following Miguna’s suspension from office, he was offered his job back. He refused it. That was the cue, on January 12, for a warm welcome from Koinange for yet another cosy chat on the bench – the fourth in as many months. On each of these occasions Koinange has clearly been egging Miguna on to say things that go beyond, and are not supported by, Miguna’s statements on the programme. To give Miguna his due, while he has his own axe to grind, he has more or less resisted being forced into saying anything more than he means.

Nevertheless, the inescapable conclusion is that it is only the identity of the person at whom Miguna’s attacks are directed that make him such a frequently desirable guest for Koinange, who uses Miguna to continue his own relentless pursuit of his quarry. In the January 12 programme, Koinange says to Miguna: “The Hague – the big decision is coming up [the programme aired just before the ICC confirmation of charges]. You must have thoughts because – you were partially involved in that as well.”

The truth of the matter is that Miguna has openly declared he spoke to officers of the ICC when they were in Nairobi, and he did so entirely as a private citizen. His actions had nothing to do with the Prime Minister and Miguna had no evidence other than his own opinions to offer. It is a point emphasised by Miguna himself in response to Koinange’s question: “Were you ever interviewed by the investigators – at the ICC?”

Miguna answers: “Uhhhh , uhhh, I spoke with people from the ICC, many times, uhhh, whether you want to call them investigators I don’t know. I’m not a witness AND I DIDN’T HAVE MATERIAL EVIDENCE THAT CAN BE USED [my emphasis] but you know, I have my opinions, I have my observations and I have an impression I can give, and I’ve given that …”

Later in the interview, Koinange prompts him back to this topic with: “OK, let’s come back to The Hague. Big decision this week.” Miguna protests that it would be irresponsible of him to speculate on the cases. This does not satisfy Koinange. He persists: “Were you involved at all with the ICC in that period? Because I saw you a couple of times when we went to The Hague.”

It is well-documented, best of all by Miguna himself in his article published in the Star on April 12, 2011, that Miguna went to The Hague during the initial hearings simply as an individual and as an observer – “in fulfilment of my solemn undertaking to [Star] readers”, as he put it in the article. This does not deter Koinange from his insinuations. He persists: “Why were you the only one? How come no one from PNU or ODM-K or anyone else was INVITED [his emphasis] or went to The Hague to give this kind of information?”

Miguna sets him straight: ‘No, I did not give the information at The Hague. I spoke with the ICC people right here in Kenya. I never went to The Hague to speak with the ICC. And I don’t know what PNU or other parties did. And I don’t know what any other person other than myself did.”

Despite the fact that Miguna has already said he only gave ICC officers his personal opinions, Koinange presses on: “On behalf of the Prime Minister, on behalf of ODM, on behalf of who?” Miguna replies, “Both, and on behalf of myself as a Kenyan, as a Kenyan who believes that impunity should not go unpunished, as a Kenyan who believes there should be justice to victims. Yes, I can tell you that.”

This is clearly not the direction Koinange wants Miguna to take at all, so he moves in with: “But being who you are, they must have taken your word as law, because obviously you’re a professional …” Miguna responds, “No, no, no, they can’t. You see, ICC people are professionals. They don’t take evidence based on title. Otherwise, Uhuru and Muthaura’s word would have been the law. Kibaki’s word, on behalf of Muthaura, would be the law. Bashir’s word would be the law. So they don’t do that. They assess what you say, assess your credibility, and see whether or not what you are saying is reliable and credible.”

Koinange is not about to let go and he plunges on rather desperately with: “But did you volunteer yourself to talk to the ICC or were you assigned [insinuation: by the Prime Minister] this task to go forth and talk to the ICC?” Miguna replies: “No, uhhh, I don’t know what happened. I think I was contacted by someone, and I think I spoke with the Prime Minister and he told me I can speak with them and I did.”

There is a huge gulf between the Prime Minister’s being consulted as a matter of courtesy by an employee planning to give his opinions to the ICC, and the Prime Minister’s assigning that task to someone as his representative. Miguna has never claimed he was so assigned by the Prime Minister, nor was he.

Miguna then says that ICC correspondence going to President Kibaki, Prof George Saitoti and the Prime Minister was also copied to him when he was working in his role as adviser to the Prime Minister on coalition affairs. Despite the fact that this was obviously shared, not secret, information, Koinange sees an advantage he can press. “Wow!” he says in hushed tones, and then: “You were in close contact with them [ICC]?”

Miguna: “In some way, yes.”

Koinange (hopefully): “Ocampo?”

Miguna: “No.”

Koinange: “Just the people around him?”

Miguna: “Yes.”

Koinange: “This decision, is it a landmark decision coming?”

Miguna: “It’s a landmark decision.”

Koinange: “And if it does … what you may have told them could have something to do with it.”

Miguna: “No, no, it can’t, because I was not used as a witness. [PNU activist Dr Peter] Kagwanja was a witness, hahaha, his publication was used, but none of the things I said was evidence …They decided who they were going to call as witnesses and what information they were going to relay to the judges.” Koinange (not giving up): “But you may have helped them in that respect.”

Miguna: “Of course I did. I think I did, in terms of analysis. Yes, I mean, for all I know, they are reading even my articles in the newspapers, yes, so in that way, and there were a lot of people who were writing in the newspapers, so in that way, they relied on all kinds of evidence, and you can see they relied directly on Kagwanja.”

 

Miguna has thus clearly stated that he volunteered only his personal opinions to the ICC. He thinks the ICC might have read his newspaper articles (which they might well have). But by his own admission, the opinions he offered were not considered valuable as evidence. It is interesting to note that what Koinange was trying to do was not lost on viewers. Online blog comments attached to Koinange’s interviews with Miguna include:

“Jeff Koinange u always push miguna to say bad things on raila n you really like it am telling you are one of his haters we know”

 

“Jeff Koinange has smelt blood. Why don’t you invite Maina Njenga and tell his story on the fallout with the guy you call a brother from another mother?”

 

“… Jeff, it is a huge payday for you, huh. You sure are an effective hatchet man. Word of caution though … [Miguna] may just be your waterloo”

 

“This is the type of interview I will call unprofessional and gossiping interview. Jeff continues to drain himself in the unprofessional drainage system. Has gone gutter press”

“Jeff is really enjoying this”

 

“OK. Just asking: what is the role of this Jeff Koinange in this show? Is it to incite the speakers, or to objectively draw them out and have them talk about some serious stuff … Oh! And by the way, is he planning to get the other side of the story on the show as well?”

“I love the way Jeff is inciting him!”

“Jeff’s energy begins to wane when he sees that Miguna is no longer saying what he wants him to say. At 4:41 Jeff is like ‘This guy needs to get off my bench. Who asked him all that?’”

“Apparently Jeff is happy Miguna fell out with Raila. Jeff wants to exploit it for the benefit of PNU.”

 

It is evident from these comments and, indeed, from the entire conversation, that Koinange had a noticeable agenda, and that this agenda was certainly not the objective interview of his subject. He tried in every way to insinuate that the Prime Minister could have influenced, or did influence, the ICC process – and he continued trying to insinuate this long after Miguna had made quite clear that this was not the case.

Over the coming year, the conduct of the media is going to play a huge role in influencing how peacefully the next general election will be conducted. There is no room for persistent behaviour by any journalist that is inimical to peace, truth, justice and national unity. Is the Media Council looking? Cohesion and Integration? National Dialogue and Reconciliation? Or do we just let it all hang out like this, with no brakes, and no standards?

Enter Karim Khan, the Queen’s Counsel leading Francis Muthaura’s defence team at The Hague, and last week another willing captive on the bench. Khan spent much of the programme rehearsing arguments that the court had obviously already rejected when it confirmed the charges against the suspects. But it was not long before the two gentlemen got on to the Prime Minister’s alleged role.

Koinange introduces the topic with: “Maybe this case was never about the four but maybe it was the two guys at the top. Maybe that’s what they wanted.” Khan responds with: “Who’s they? That’s the question.” And he goes on to answer that question: “I am not excluding the fact that the professionals at the ICC may have plunged into a certain group within the Kenyan information stream and swallowed everything, as I said in court, lock, stock and barrel.”

To back up this specious suggestion, he moves to the interview with Miguna: “I was very interested to hear that HE SAID HE HAS BEEN A MAIN INFORMATION PROVIDER TO THE PROSECUTOR [my emphasis] and I was taken aback because, firstly, I received no information from the prosecutor in relation to any information given BY THE PRIME MINISTER [my emphasis], particularly when we’ve asserted that maybe there’s some kind of political manipulation of the Kenyan system through the aegis of an international court. We received nothing from the prosecutor to show HIS CONTACT [my emphasis] with the special assistant of the prime minister, who the world knows is the next presidential contender.”

He continues: “Secondly, what portfolio did that special assistant have WHO’S BEING PAID FOR BY THE STATE TO PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION TO THE ICC [my emphasis]. One would expect it to come through normal organs of the state that are entrusted with such matters …. No, this comes from a faction of the Kenyan political establishment, a faction of the coalition, IT’S COME FROM THE PRIME MINISTER, WHO’S A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GIVING THE INFORMATION THAT INVOLVES ANOTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE [my emphasis].”

Khan’s insidious and inaccurate remarks are shocking coming from a barrister involved in the ICC case. He says he listened to Miguna on the programme. Obviously he did not listen very carefully. He describes Miguna as “a main information provider to the prosecutor”, he describes such information as “given by the Prime Minister” and he refers to having received no information from the prosecutor about the latter’s “contact” with Miguna.

What Miguna actually said was that he was never in contact with the prosecutor and he only gave ICC officials his personal opinions – not those of the Prime Minister. Thousands of people similarly gave opinions to ICC officials. Like most of them, Miguna’s opinions were not considered of evidential value. That is why Miguna was not called as a witness. Miguna specifically stated that he had no contact with ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Khan speaks of Miguna’s being “paid for by the state to provide information” to the ICC. This is a blatant lie. Miguna specifically stated that he offered ICC officials his own personal “opinions”, his “observations” and his “impression” – and his newspaper articles.

Khan goes completely overboard in stating – despite Miguna’s clear and unequivocal statements that these were his personal opinions – that the ‘evidence’ Miguna offered was in fact coming “from a faction of the Kenyan political establishment, a faction of the coalition, it’s come from the prime minister.”

If these remarks by Khan are indicative of his level of understanding and interpretation of Miguna’s answers on the programme, I would personally want any interpretation by Khan of any evidence whatsoever to be very seriously examined. Not only that. Khan is a British barrister (QCs make up about 10 per cent of the list of barristers in the UK). He is therefore presumably subject to the British Bar Council.

The British Bar Standards Board’s ‘Code of conduct of work by practising barristers’ states at Paragraph 709.1, Media Comment, that: “A barrister must not in relation to any anticipated or current proceedings or mediation in which he is briefed or expects to appear or has appeared as an advocate express a personal opinion to the press or other media or in any other public statement upon the facts or issues arising in the proceedings.”

Khan’s conversation on the bench with Koinange is peppered with his personal opinions, liberally cast about with no apparent concern for this professional obligation. He prefaces many of his comments with “I think”, “I thought”, “In all candour, I was …”, “Our objective analysis is …”, “My own objective analysis is …” and so on.

Is the British Bar Standards Board listening? Is the ICC listening? Or does Khan think that, because it’s Kenya, anything goes? Does he think that, because it’s Kenya, you can get away with murder? As Khan might put it, one hopes not. What one does hope is that there is going to be someone, somewhere, who is going to crack down on this kind of sleazy incitement presented as journalism – before it’s too late.

The writer is a freelance journalist. The arguments are entirely the writer’s own and should not be taken as representing those of anyone else in any way whatsoever.

Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/weekend/siasa/60975-jeff-koinange-on-a-mission

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