- Briefly tell us about yourself and your innovation:
We are Ngatia Muhoya and Mugambi Kinoti, the co-founders of Millennials Speak Ltd, the organization behind the innovative Badilico game. Badilico is more than just a game; it’s a transformative platform that harnesses the power of gamification and technology to address critical societal challenges.
Badilico is a groundbreaking meta-verse town hall experience designed to empower Kenyan youth and connect them with decision-makers. In this immersive digital platform, users create avatars to engage in gamified political role-play, fostering a deeper understanding of governance processes. It uniquely combines gaming, data collection, and direct interaction with leaders.
Users can voice their opinions on development and security issues, contributing to data-driven civic discussions. Badilico bridges the gap between the youth and influential decision-makers, including governors, facilitating informed conversations. It’s a safe space for youth to express their views, address societal challenges, and advocate for positive change. With its innovative approach, Badilico aims to combat youth apathy and radicalization while empowering the next generation of Kenyan leaders.
- What motivated you to come up with this innovation and which problem is it coming to solve?
Our motivation stems from witnessing the issues that have plagued Kenyan youth for far too long. Youth apathy, radicalization, and limited economic opportunities were pressing concerns. Badilico was born from the desire to empower the youth, providing them with a voice and a platform to engage in constructive civic discussions. The game serves as a solution to bridge the gap between Kenyan youth and decision-makers, ultimately fostering informed and data-driven conversations.
- How does it work and how different is it from other products in the market?
Badilico operates as a metaverse town hall, allowing users to create avatars and engage in political discussions. What sets it apart is the unique combination of gamification, data collection, and direct engagement with decision-makers. Users not only learn about political processes through gamified role-play but also contribute valuable data that informs discussions. Our partnership with The Council of Governors enables direct interaction with political leaders, making it a one-of-a-kind platform for civic engagement.
- Have you commercialized it, and if yes, what is your target market and what are your charges?
Yes, we have commercialized Badilico. Our primary target market is Kenyan youth aged 18 to 35, a demographic that represents the future of the country. We’ve adopted a freemium model, offering free access to ensure inclusivity. Users can enhance their experience through in-app purchases, such as avatar customization and premium features. Our pricing is competitive, ensuring accessibility while sustaining the platform’s growth.
- What are some of the challenges you faced trying to come up with this innovation?
Developing Badilico was not without its challenges. Technical complexities in creating a dynamic metaverse demanded substantial resources and expertise. Ensuring data privacy and compliance with data protection regulations required meticulous attention to detail. Onboarding decision-makers, including governors, necessitated extensive partnerships and negotiations. Overcoming these challenges required a robust technical infrastructure, a commitment to data security, and a dedication to fostering meaningful partnerships.
- Your future plans for your business?
Our future plans for Millennials Speak and Badilico are ambitious yet purpose-driven. We aim to expand Badilico’s reach to engage even more Kenyan youth and potentially extend our impact beyond borders. We’re continually enhancing our data analytics capabilities to derive deeper insights from user-generated content, enabling more impactful discussions. Additionally, we seek strategic partnerships with organizations that share our commitment to youth empowerment and civic engagement, aiming to amplify our collective impact on society.
- What do I need to do to start using your innovation?
Starting to use Badilico is a straightforward process. Interested users can visit the google play store to download the app, where they can create a personalized avatar. Registration is user-friendly and typically requires basic information. We provide comprehensive user guides and tutorials to help newcomers get acquainted with the platform’s features and functionalities. Once registered, users can dive into vibrant discussions, interact with fellow users, and become an integral part of the positive change Badilico aims to foster in Kenya.
By Benard Mulwa
The African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption – Kenya Chapter (APNAC-Kenya) is deeply concerned about the proposed amendments to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2003. After two decades of existence, the Act has played a crucial role in the fight against corruption in Kenya. These proposed amendments, if passed, risk retrogressing our efforts in combating corruption and violating Kenya’s constitutional principles and international commitments.
Parliament has received a proposed amendment to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act to delete Section 64 of the Act providing for the disqualification of persons convicted of corruption or economic crimes from being elected or appointed as public officers. We MPs, who are members of APNAC-Kenya, strongly oppose this proposed amendment which is inconsistent with the Constitution of Kenya and offends several constitutional provisions including our National Values and Principles of Governance under Article 10 and Principles of Leadership and Integrity under Chapter Six of the Constitution among many other provisions in law that would be inconsistent with the proposed amendment.
We are also aware that there is another proposed amendment to ACECA under section 45(2) (b) and (c). The proposed amendment seeks to remove accountability by public officials offences related to noncompliance with procurement laws, procedures and guidelines and the pler,entation of unplanned projects.
APNAC-Kenya recognizes the need for continuous improvement in our legal framework to combat corruption effectively. However, these amendments, as currently proposed, raise serious concerns that could hinder our progress in the fight against corruption. We urge the government and all stakeholders to consider the potential consequences of these amendments carefully. Such amendments could undermine the effectiveness of the Act in deterring corruption and prosecuting offenders.
Hon. Shakeel Shabibir Ahmed, the Chairman of the lobby group said, “Kenya has made international commitments to combat corruption, including signing the United Nation;, Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) requiring states to implement measures for disqualification or removal of individuals convicted of corruption from public office,” adding that the African Union Convention on Prevention and Combating Corruption (AUCPCCl also requires state parties to adopt measures to hold individuals accountable including individuals who hold public office.
The proposed amendments should be evaluated in light of these commitments to ensure Kenya’s compliance with international standards including
The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2003 has been a cornerstone in Kenya’s efforts to combat corruption, a menace that has undermined our national development and eroded the public’s trust in the government. Over the years, this Act has provided a legal framework that empowers law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute corrupt Individuals and entities. It has also promoted transparency, accountability, and integrity in public service, helping to safeguard Kenya’s resources for the benefit of all citizens.
We therefore call for a transparent and inclusive process that involves consultation with oversight agencies including the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Office of the Auditor General, other oversight institutions, civil society, legal experts, and the public to ensure that any amendments to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2003 are In line with best practices, uphold the principles of our Constitution, and meet Kenya’s international commitments in the fight against corruption.
APNAC-Kenya remains committed to working collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders to strengthen our anti-corruption efforts and ensure that Kenya remains on the path towards a more transparent, accountable, and corruption-free society.
By Steve musyoka
Today MultiChoice Kenya, the country’s leading pay tv and entertainment provider, has launched two brand new local shows for television enthusiasts in Kenya
The two shows will be accessible on Maisha Magic Plus which is now available on DStv Access and GOtv Plus and up in a campaign dubbed “Tumefungulia Magic”
Key casts that will feature in Zari include renowned local actors like Brenda Wairimu and Sara Hassan while Ka-Siri will feature Janet Torome, Saada Fateh and Philip Munyau.
Speaking during the launch of the new local shows Managing director Nzola Miranda noted that the show underscores MultiChoice unwavering commitment to delivering family-friendly exceptional entertainment experiences to its viewers with content that resonates with them
“Through our Tumefungulia Magic campaign, these and more shows will be available to customers subscribed to the bouquets from DStv Access and GOtv Plus and above. By this, we are fulfilling our promise to be Kenya’s most-loved storyteller, giving access to this premium local content to our broader audience of viewers.” he added
He further stated that they will remain committed to leveraging resources, partnerships and talent collaborations, to bring their customers the best-in-content and the two new local shows will be a game-changer in local film production and consumption and will give the whole family more re toasons to stay glued on their televisions
In his remarks producer of both show Rashid Abdullah expressed his appreciation toMultiChoice Kenya for the support to local productions in Kenya
“Film production is very expensive and as filmmakers, investing and putting money behind productions is not easy, access to finance and capital too has many barriers,” said Abdullah
In conclusion Rashid Abdullah revealed the industry players are delighted to have partners like MultiChoice who allow Kenyans tell their own stories that are authentic to the cultural and societal nuances that are alive in them while creating jobs for actors, actresses, chefs, transporters, real estate owners, make-up artists, video editors, sound producers, camera crew, set designers among others in the film ecosystem
Ka-Siri”, a telenovela explores the proverbial theme of “the rich also cry”. The gripping story unfolds around an extremely wealthy man, Zula, who is killed in a home invasion, leaving behind a home that is wrapped in passion, lies, discoveries, secrets and shocking revelations. Viewers will embark on a rollercoaster of drama to uncover who ultimately claims victory in the end. Ka-Siri” boasts an impressive lineup of over 100 episodes, promising a long-lasting and captivating journey for its audience. Episodes will air every Monday to Wednesday at 19:30 EAT from Monday 9 October 2023
Zari is a modern Cinderella story which follows the story of Nina, a young woman whose rightful family – and fortune are hidden from her. Will Nina and her true biological father, Dylan ever be reunited and will her adopted family pay for their duplicity? Zari premieres on Monday 23 October 2023,and will air every Monday to Friday at 20:30 EAT.
Key casts that will feature in Zari include renowned local actors like Brenda Wairimu and Sara Hassan while Ka-Siri will feature Janet Torome, Saada Fateh and Philip Munyau.
Ambassador. Maarten Brouwer, Ambassador of Netherlands to Kenya
By Benard Mulwa
A delegation of 17 Dutch companies is currently in Kenya to explore various partnership and investment opportunities in port development and the blue economy.
The one-week business mission which is themed “Partnering for sustainable solutions” is part of the Dutch efforts to strengthen the trade and investment relationship between Kenya and the Netherlands.
The mission also aims at stimulating private sector investments in the full logistics chain: from farm to market and empowering Kenya in its ambition to become a regional trading hub.
Currently, horticulture is Kenya’s largest foreign exchange earner at around Kshs 150 billion annually. Furthermore, Kenya is the second largest horticultural exporter in Sub-Saharan Africa and the fourth largest flower exporter worldwide.
The Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of roads and transport Hon. Kipchumba Murkomen said the Kenya Government continues to implement projects aimed at improving connectivity across the country, and decongesting cities and urban areas, “to ensure seamless connectivity, with the aim of improving the coverage of the rail network across Kenya and the region, the Government has committed to construction of the remaining phases of the Standard Gauge Railway (phase 2B and 2C, to extend to Kisumu and Malaba border, he said “We are currently working with the Government of Uganda to connect the Standard Gauge railway to Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, this development will be integrated with development of logistics hubs and industrial parks, and this development is open to Private investments” he adds.
Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Programme is a regional multi modal-infrastructure program that integrates roads, railway and pipeline components between the three partner states of Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia; and connects the countries to the Port of Lamu at Kenya’s coast. The LAPSSET Corridor Program is intended to create a second strategic Corridor opening up the Northern parts of Kenya, connecting her to the partner states of Ethiopia and South Sudan, and in the long term, creating a land bridge between the East and West coasts of Africa.
Hon. Kipchumba Murkomen said the development of the Dongo Kundu Port will significantly enhance our maritime capabilities, allowing us to tap into the immense potential of the blue economy, “It will serve as a key gateway for international trade, connecting our country to global markets and facilitating the movement of goods and services with increased efficiency, he said the Government of the Netherlands and the Government of Kenya intend to collaborate on the development of the Cool Logistics Corridor to facilitate the transportation of fresh produce by sea. The shift will require enhancement of the existing facilities i.e the rail rolling stock, the port and the Inland Container Depots to create a cool logistics corridor from the origin to the port of Mombasa through SGR. There will be required developments like consolidation centers by the private sector investors.
It is worth noting that the sector is a key employer in the country, providing employment opportunities to over 350,000 people directly and another 3.5 million indirectly. Statistics further indicate that more than half the people employed in the sector are women.
Granted, the Kenyan government is actively improving and expanding infrastructure networks, domestically and across East Africa to improve trade flows in the region and internationally.
However, while as the main transport mode for global trade is ocean shipping (about 90%), this is not the case for Kenya.
For Kenya to firmly position herself are the regional trading hub, there is need for the development of the cool logistics corridor that will connect Kenya to the rest of the world.
Sea freight will provide fewer degree hours than for example air freight and fewer moments of stress to products.
For instance, flowers that are correctly transported by sea are ultimately of better quality and have a longer shelf life throughout the entire chain.
Secondly, the logistics sector is moving towards carbon neutral practices. Sea freight export holds great opportunity in supporting this green transition as carbon emissions are up to 80% lower for sea freight compared to airfreight.
Speaking at the event to kick start the activities of the Trade Mission on Port Development, Ambassador Maarten Brouwer noted that the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will champion the development of a Cool Logistics Corridor since it is a strategic project that will catalyze Kenya’s economic development.
He applauded the Kenyan Government for prioritizing the development and improvements of the logistics infrastructure, adding that this will facilitate the transportation of fresh produce and improve trade efficiency between Kenya and Netherlands.
The Netherlands remains among Kenya’s top trade and investment partners. Kenyan exports to Netherlands have more than doubled over the last 10 years to stand at Kshs 69.7 billion in 2022.
I am happy to note that during the first 6 months of this year, Kenyan exports to the Netherlands are at nearly Ksh 40 billion, a sign of continuing growth.” Said Amb. Brouwer.
The further development of sea, rail and road infrastructure is critical to Kenya’s position on the African continent in global value chains, as logistics are a key driver for trade.
This position is crucial for Kenya as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) is gaining traction. The visiting Dutch delegation comprises of companies with expertise in port development, dredging, transport and logistics, water engineering, warehousing and distribution
BY NJOKI KARANJA
The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK – For Wananchi) is a family of
Christian Churches and Communions that was established in June 1913. The NCCK is therefore the oldest and largest Christian Churches umbrella body in the country. Being a membership organization, the NCCK does have a presence in all the Counties through the member churches and organisations. This is through Ward Committee, County Coordinating Committee, Regional Committee (a region combines 4 – 6 counties), and at the national level. All the officials are elected by the members of NCCK at that level.
The Council endeavours to fulfill the Vision “One Church; United in Faith and Mission
witnessing to Jesus Christ and Transforming lives”, being guided by the Mission: “Holistic transformation of lives for a just, resilient and sustainable society”.
Centrality of Dialogue Honorable Chairs,
We commend your committee for the progress you have made in reaching agreement on the agenda for the bi-partisan consultative process that has been bestowed on you. We cannot gainsay the centrality of dialogue and consultations among Kenyans for promotion of peace and national cohesion. This is the advice we receive in the Bible in Philippians 2: 4:
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests
of others.It is for this reason that we have consistently called for structured and broadbased dialogue for Kenyans to have appropriate platforms to discuss the issues that affect the nation and find viable solutions. As a nation we declared in the Preamble of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 that we are proud of our “ethnic, cultural and religious diversity”, to which we can also add political persuasions that form the basis of our democracy. These differences should always draw us to sit and converse, and should never be the reason for divisions and conflicts.
Recommendations on the Agenda Items Set Out by the Committee. Having keenly considered the 5 Agenda items outlined in the Notice for Public Participation, we make the following observations and recommendations.
a) Outstanding Constitutional Matters
Article 43 of the Constitution, the Cost of Living and related issues.
The National Council of Churches of Kenya, individually and in partnership
with other faith institutions, has routinely addressed itself to this matter. We
observe that the triple threats of rampant corruption, massive wastage in
government, and unmanageable public debt are the primary drivers of poverty, high cost of living and the overall economic challenges facing our country.
This has imposed on the citizenry a very heavy taxation burden in which the
few who are engaged in formal employment and those with formal businesses bear the weight of the nation. The perpetual growth in demand for financial resources by the state has been rising faster than the tax-paying base, resulting in a situation where the portion of income that Kenyans surrender to the state as tax increases each year. This trajectory is not sustainable.
We also do observe that this year, Kenyans are having to grapple with an instantaneous radical increase in fees charged by public institutions of higher
learning. The new guidelines bear the potential of making education a
preserve of the rich, which will negate the stated aspirations of the government to uplift the poor.
In view of the foregoing, we recommend the following measures to promote
the attainment of the aspirations of Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya:
a. Finance Act 2023 be reviewed to reduce the tax burden imposed on Kenyans.
b. Parliament to review and allocate resources for implementation of the
National Food Security Policy and Strategy with a goal of ensuring that each Kenyan is assured of their next meal which will free them to focus on personal and social development.
c. Institution of a forensic audit of the national debt to ensure that Kenyans
pay back only those debts that were actually taken and were used for the
d. Institution of measures to incentivize localized industrialization to
enhance the value of Kenya’s exports, coupled with capping of the exportation of raw materials to encourage local processing, which combined will create jobs and increase household incomes.
e. A process that entails intensive public participation be undertaken to
develop a realistic anti-corruption strategy be initiated, with a commitment that the recommendations will be implemented in a fair and just manner.
Implementation of the two thirds gender rule
Over the last 13 years, different initiatives have recommended measures and
strategies to facilitate implementation of Article 27 (8) of the Constitution,
which states as follows:
(8) In addition the measures contemplated in clause (6), the State shall take
legislative and other measures to implement the principle that not more than
two-thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender.
Overall, the observation has been that in providing for the membership of the
National Assembly (Article 97 (1)) and Senate (article 98 (1)), the Constitution failed to include a provision similar to Article 177 (1)(b) which in providing for members of the County Assembly states:
(b) the number of special seat members necessary to ensure that no more
than two-thirds of the membership of the assembly are of the same gender.
Similarly, a parallel provision at the national level (Legislature and the
Cabinet) is lacking with regard to what is provided for in Article 197 (1)
(1) Not more than two-thirds of the members of any county assembly or
county executive committee shall be of the same gender.The primary recommendation, then, has been that the Constitution be amended to roll upwards the gender related provisions made at the county level to the national.
Having considered the foregoing, the National Council of Churches of Kenya
holds that the singularity of amendment of the Constitution will not resolve
the gap in implementation of the two thirds gender rule. We therefore
recommend the following:
a. The State to prepare and release a comprehensive report detailing the
measures taken to comply with the provision in Article 27 (8). The report
should show laws, policies and strategies, as well as reporting on actions taken when state bodies, organs and committees have failed to adhere to the rule.
b. Public participation be facilitated to enable Kenyans input on the
legislation, policies and strategies for compliance with the Constitution
through implementation of the two thirds gender rule.
c. Parliament to comply with the requirements of Article 100 by developing
and enacting the required legislation.
(iii) Governance issues, including promoting national unity and inclusivity in
The biggest impediment to good governance in Kenya is the overweening
prevalence of impunity under which state and non-state officials break the law with abandon with confidence that they would not face attendant consequences. Gross misconduct, including actions and sentiments that threaten national cohesion, go unpunished.
On its part, the sense of impunity is facilitated by the widescale capture and
weakening of the independent commissions and other institutions tasked with safeguarding the rule of law by politicians and financial elites.
The people of Kenya, in the Preamble of the Constitution, recognized their
aspiration “for a government based on the essential values of human rights,
equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law”. To achieve
this, we recommend the following:
a. The Constitutional Commissions be accorded genuine financial and
operational freedom in an environment where their decisions are respected and the states adheres to the rullings and guidelines given.
b. Appointment of officials in independent commissions be by merit so that the appointees are not beholden to the government of the day and will thus
effectively deliver on their mandates.
c. The Executive and Legislature should stop the blatant disregard and
disobedience of court orders and rulings issued by the Judiciary, and should desist from disparaging the Judiciary.
(iv) Adequate checks and balances
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 presents a comprehensive set of checks and
balances. Any emerging gaps and challenges are the result of failure to follow the provisions of the Constitution.
Recognizing that the future wellbeing of Kenya is predicated on constitutionalism and the rule of law, we recommend the following:
a. The government facilitates a comprehensive civic education programme to educate all Kenyans on the contents of the Constitution of Kenya. The
first step in this process would be inclusion of reading the Constitution as
a unit in the Basic and Tertiary Education curricula.
b. The three arms of government should set an example for the citizenry by
adhering to the provisions in the Constitutions and the Laws of Kenya. If
each organ plays its role, then the checks and balances will automatically play out.
b) Electoral Justice and Related Matters.
(i) Restructuring and reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Observations:
Prior to 1991, elections in Kenya were managed by the government through
the Provincial Administration. With the repeal of Section 2 (A) in 1991, the
Electoral Commission of Kenya was established, with Justice Zacchaeus
Chesoni as the first Chairman. Justice Chesoni and his fellow Commissioners were appointed by President Daniel Arap Moi.
In the leadup to the 1997 elections, the Inter Parties Parliamentary Group
(IPPG) process provided grounds for the appointment of new members of the
ECK. Through the arrangement, each of the political parties appointed
persons to be commissioners tasked with overseeing the 1997 General
Elections. Hon Samuel Kivuitu was appointed the Chairperson. He went on
to oversee the 1997, 2002 and 2007 General Elections, as well as the 2005
After the 2007-08 Post Election Violence which was driven by accusations
of rigging in the elections, the Parliament established a Select Committee that
oversaw the recruitment of the commissioners of the Interim Independent
Electoral Commission. After the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya
2010, the IEBC Act 2011 was enacted. It provided for the establishment of a
broadbased panel to oversee the recruitment of IEBC commissioners. It was
this panel that appointed Isaak Hassan as the Chairperson, enabling him to oversee the 2013 General Elections.
Following accusations that the IEBC had rigged the elections, the Isaak Hassan team was removed from office in 2016 and were replaced by the team led by Wafula Chebukati. On the heels of accusations of rigging the 2017
elections, 4 Commissioners resigned, and were replaced in December 2021.
At the tail end of the 2022 General Elections, the 4 new Commissioners
dissented with the results set to be announced by Chairman Chebukati, and
three of them subsequently resigned. One, Irene Masiit, was taken through a
tribunal that recommended her removal from office. In January 2023, the
term of office of Chairman Chebukati and the two other members came to an
In view of the vacancies of Commissioners, the National Assembly passed the IEBC (Amendment) Bill 2022, and it was assented to by President Ruto
in January 2023. Thereafter, the IEBC selection panel was appointed as
provided for in the Act. The Panel advertised the vacancies of the
Commissioners and Chairperson of the Commission, and commenced the
process of reviewing the applications received.
It is in this context that the Azimio la Umoja Coalition expressed
dissatisfaction with the process, instead demanding a reconstitution of the
IEBC away from the process outlined in the Act.
Recent media reports indicated that some political actors are proposing a setup similar to the 1997 IPPG process whereby political parties appointed the IEBC Commissioners.
In view of the foregoing review of the appointment of IEBC commissioners
in the past, we strongly recommend that political parties should NOT play a
role in the process. As a core principle, a player should not be the one to select
In view of the foregoing analysis, we recommend the following:
a. That the Selection Panel is reconstituted to facilitate a mutually agreed upon process.
b. That the IEBC Act be amended to provide that in future processes, the
Selection Panel will present only 1 name for Chairperson nominee and only 6 nominees for Commissioner position.
c) Entrenching Funds into the Constitution
We in the National Council of Churches of Kenya have observed the different
iterations of the Constituency Development Fund, and have been following the public discourse with regard to proposals for establishment of the Senate Oversight Fund.
We do take into consideration the following provisions in the Constitution of
Kenya 2010 as regard the proposed funds:
The National Government Constituencies Development Fund Article 95 of the Constitution of Kenya provides for the role of the National
Assembly and its members. This role entails:
- Representation of the people of the constituencies and special interests
- Deliberation and resolution of issues of concern to the people
- Enactment of legislation
- Determination of allocation of national revenue between national and
county levels of government
- Appropriation of funds for expenditure
- Oversight over national revenue and expenditure
- Review of conduct in the office of the President, Deputy President and
- Oversights state organs
- Approval of declarations of War and extension of state of emergency
We do note that despite the practice in the past years, the Members of the
National Assembly do not have a mandate to manage any funds. Instead,
Kenyans elect them to oversight the management of government revenue and
The National Government Affirmative Fund
The Constitution embraces and provides for affirmative actions to cater for
populations that have been marginalized, and various articles speak to this element:
Article 27 (6) – To give full effect to the realization of the rights guaranteed
under this Article, the State shall take legislative and other measures,
including affirmative action programmes and policies designed to redress any
disadvantage suffered by individuals or groups because of past discrimination.
Article 55 – The State shall take measures, including affirmative action
programmes, to ensure that the youth –
(a) access relevant education and
(b) have opportunities to associate, be represented and participate in political, social, economic and other spheres of life
(c) access to employment.
(d)protected from harmful cultural practices and exploitation
Article 56 – The State shall put in place affirmative action programmes
designed to ensure that minorities and marginalized groups .
(a) participate and are represented in governance and other spheres of life;
(b) are provided special opportunities in education and economic fields;
(c) are provided special opportunities for access to employment;
(d) develop their cultural
values, languages and practices.
(e) have reasonable access to water,
heath services and infrastructure
Article 203 (1)(h) – the need for affirmative action in respect of
disadvantaged areas and groups;
Article 250 – “Affirmative action” includes any measure designed to overcome or ameliorate an inequity or the systemic denial or infringement of a right or fundamental freedom.
We do note that none of these provisions in the Constitution require a special
fund to actualize affirmative action.
(iii) The Senate Oversight Fund
Article 96 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides for the role of Senate,
and its members, which entails:
- Representing counties and protection of interests of the counties.
- Law making by considering, debating and approving bills that concern
- Determining allocation of national revenue among counties
- Exercising oversight of national revenue allocated to county governments
- Oversighting state officers by considering and determining resolution to
remove the President or Deputy President from office .We do note that the Senate and the Senators do not have a role in managing any funds, and instead are mandated to oversight the management of funds allocated to the counties.
In consideration of the foregoing observations, we recommend that the three funds are not established, and the existing Constituency Development Fund
should actually be terminated, as they are in contravention of the Constitution.
The funds would allocate a mandate to the Members of the National Assembly and Senate that is not allocated by the Constitution, and which is inimical to the principle of separation of powers whereby the implementer
cannot oversight the same task with integrity.
d) Establishment and Entrenchment of State Offices
(i) The Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition.
(ii) The Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary.
The National Council of Churches of Kenya is on record recommending that
measures are taken to provide for dignified opposition. The proposal for
creation of the Office of the Leader of Official Opposition is therefore a step
in the right direction.
Quite notably, there was appointed a holder of the office of the Prime Cabinet
Secretary, a position that currently does not exist in the Constitution. The
proposed establishment of the office is therefore a move to legalize what
In the Constitution of Kenya 2010, the citizens outlined the structure of the
government and which position is to have which mandate. Recognizably, the
Constitution is a covenant of the people of Kenya and the citizens therefore
have power to review it to improve the welfare of the nation.
We strongly recommend that a grassroots-driven process be allowed to run
in which Kenyans have discourse on the two proposed positions to determine
their scope, mandate and sustainability.
Any review of the structure of government should be people-driven.
e) Fidelity to Political Parties / Coalitions and the law on multiparty democracy
Preventing interference with political parties / coalitions
Article 4 (2) of the Constitution provides that: “The Republic of Kenya shall be a multiparty democratic State founded on the national values and principles of governance referred to in Article 10”.
It is therefore inimical to the Constitution for any person or organ to engage
in any actions that would offend the democratic nature of the republic.
However, there is recognition that the Constitution in Article 38 accords
Kenyans the right to hold and change political opinions, and to join or exit
political parties at wish.
To address the concerns that have been raised with regard to interference with
opposition political parties by the government, we recommend
implementation of the processes and procedures provided for in the
constitutions of the political parties as well as the Political Parties Act 2011.
In conclusion, we in the NCCK commend this National Dialogue Committee for the
process you have engaged on. However, the timeframe provided is rather short, which has the risk of forcing you to adopt a political settlement with minimal public participation. Nonetheless, we strongly urge that the Committee does not recommend a process to amend the Constitution, and instead identify legislative and policy measures to address the issues set out in the agenda. It may not be prudent, at this moment in time, to subject the country to the polarization and politicization of life that accompanies constitutional amendment discourse when there is a potentially divisive boundaries delimitation process coming up in a short while. It is indeed our recommendation that this National Dialogue Committee identifies strategies to facilitate the exercise of political actions and oversight between the government and the opposition without polarizing the country or keeping the country on election mode perpetually.
Opposition Leader Raila Odinga terms Ruto’s “threats” against investors
By Maximilla Wafula
Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga has made it clear that he will be launching a new strategy to counteract the government.
While addressing the press on Saturday, September 16, 2023, Raila noted that he will not call for anti-government protests but will instead launch a different move. Raila terms Ruto’s ‘threats’ against investors as reckless
However, Raila affirmed that he will not be sharing details of whatever plans he has in store so as not to ruin things but asked Kenyans should watch his next move.
“This time round I will not ask Kenyans to return to protests. No, if they go back it’s something totally different. I don’t want to speak too soon because I will have revealed things when it’s too early. Lakini naambia wakenya , watch this space,”Raila said .
The opposition chief also criticized Ruto’s administration for overpromising and underdelivering to Kenyans.
‘They have been using a different language during the campaign period but the language changed after they got into power. They have been crisscrossing different parts of the country making promises to Kenyans, however, all the work they have delivered has not met the standards that Kenyans expected , added.
Raila’s remarks come amidst calls from a section of Kenyans urging the opposition to announce the return of protests due to the harsh economic times.
Quarters have also taken to various media platforms to call out Ruto’s administration for frustrating Kenyans who are already struggling to survive the lean times.
This follows after the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced an increase in fuel prices on Thursday as they appeared in Parliament to answer questions on the same .
WAMA International Group, a holding company that oversees franchise operations across Africa is celebrating a successful partnership with ALDO Group International by opening the second ALDO Store in Nairobi at Westgate Mall. The first store
opened its doors on April 15th at The Sarit Center Mall.
WAMA International has been granted the exclusive license to establish, own, and operate ALDO stores in Kenya. This follows the Distribution Agreement between ALDO Group International and Gedeon & Co, SARL. WAMA International’s expansion plans in East Africa continue to flourish with this exciting partnership following their successful ventures with various brands in Libya, Rwanda, and
The ALDO Group International brings a wide range of fashion footwear and
accessories all offered at accessible prices. This partnership will pave the way for up to four new stores to open soon, as WAMA International seeks to expand its presence in the region.
WAMA International expressed their excitement over the new partnership, which they believe will bring the latest fashion trends and top-quality products to the Kenyan market. The company is committed to providing a unique shopping experience to its customers and is confident that the venture will be a success.
The opening of the second ALDO store in Kenya is a significant milestone for the fashion industry in the region. Customers can expect special promotional discounts for the grand opening, and the brand promises a unique shopping experience that has made it a worldwide destination for on-trend fashion footwear and accessories.
By Maximilla Wafula
Samsung Electronics today has announced the grand opening of its latest retail store at Maralal Oasis, in Hurlingham Nairobi. This new addition to the Samsung family signifies their commitment to bringing cutting-edge technology and innovative products closer to the heart of Nairobi and, enhancing the retail experience for the local community. This comes at a time when the global tech brand has just introduced the premium fifth generation Flip and Fold phones.
This makes this store the 3rd store to be opened this year making it the 19th experience store for the company in Kenya.
Samsung’s Maralal Oasis store is designed to offer customers an immersive and interactive environment where they can explore our wide range of products, from smartphones and tablets to home appliances and wearables. With expert staff on hand to provide guidance and assistance, customers can make informed choices to meet their specific needs.
“The opening of our new store is a testament to Samsung’s dedication to our valued customers in Hurlingham and the surrounding areas. We believe in providing our customers with access to the latest technology, and this new store will serve as a hub for innovation, education, and exceptional customer service to cater to our customer who have over the years supported and enjoyed our timepieces.” Charles Kimari, Director Mobile Experience at Samsung.
The new Samsung store boasts a comprehensive display of Samsung’s latest products, including smartphones, televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, and more and hands-on experience zones where customers can test and explore the features of Samsung devices.
Samsung remains committed to enriching the lives of Kenyan consumers through its innovative products and dedicated customer service. The Maralal Oasis store is another step toward making Samsung’s world-class technology accessible to everyone in the region.
BY MAXIMILLA WAFULA
Samsung Electronics today announces a new promotional package that is designed to ensure customers enjoy the ultimate customization and functionality that speaks to their lifestyle. The curated package of Samsung’s popular Bespoke range of home appliances invites consumers to style their homes their way, with tailored packages, discounted by as much as 20%, that offer unparalleled customization and savings. The promotion has been dubbed the “Bespoke Home Combo Offer”. The prootion period will start from 1st September 2023 and end on 8th October 2023.
With the increasing demand for individualized solutions in homes, Samsung’s Bespoke series has been at the forefront of providing modular designs that reflect personal style. The Bespoke Promotion Combo,your home, your style, your way takes this vision further, allowing consumers to benefit from exclusive packages and savings when choosing multiple products from the Bespoke line.
Samsung is offering two promotional combos; the White combo offer and the Black combo offer whereby customers can mix and match products according to their needs and will enjoy a 20% discount on purchase.
The ‘White Bespoke Combo’ offers customers a carefully curated set of clean white iconic appliances, which includes the white bespoke top mount refrigerator and the white bespoke front load washing machine that can be purchased at a 20% discounted rate of Ksh. 239,990, while the ‘Black Bespoke Combo’ offers customers a black top mount refrigerator, a black front load washer and dryer and a black microwave which can be purchased at a 20% discounted price of Ksh.314,990.
“Our goal has always been to understand and address the evolving needs of our consumers. The Bespoke Home Combo Offer is a reflection of Samsung’s commitment to offering tailored solutions that don’t compromise on quality, innovation, or value. The combination deal we have introduced is a manifestation of our commitment to provide tailored choices, ensuring every individual can create an environment that’s uniquely theirs,” said Mr Samuel Odhiambo, Head of Consumer Appliances Samsung East Africa “By bringing together our most innovative appliances in harmonious combinations, we are not only offering unmatched value but also an opportunity for our customers to redefine their living spaces.”
Bespoke Home Combo customers will benefit from extended warranties and premium after-sales services, ensuring peace of mind with their purchase. Customers can purchase these appliances exclusively from the Housewife’s Paradise Store or online.
Samsung invites everyone to redefine their living spaces with home appliances that truly resonate with their style and needs. The future of home living is bespoke, and with Samsung, the possibilities are endless.
by Edna Okoth
Davis & Shirtliff has achieved a major milestone by receiving an Integrated Management System (IMS) certification from the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and the certification is a testament to the company’s commitment to bring about robust systems for quality, environment, and health and safety in its bid to improve lives through the provision of water and energy solutions.
The IMS certification reinforces Davis & Shirtliff’s position as a market leader and showcases its readiness to delivering excellence in critical areas that impact the well-being and economic advancement of its customers spanning all 47 counties and the certification are a result of the company’s dedication and unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of innovation and sustainability in all its operations.
Speaking during the event, Group Chairman Davis and Shirtliff Alec Davis, stated that they are honored for having added one more badge to their certification achievements, which confirms the unrelenting resolve to deliver quality game-changing solutions in the country being certified means ensuring maximum reliability and dependability of all our products and solutions to help Kenyans rip their benefits to the highest capacities.
“The IMS certification integrates three vital management systems: Quality Management (ISO 9001:2015), Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2015), and Occupational Health and Safety Management (ISO 45001:2018) and further, an alignment with global concerns regarding climate change and sustainability, ensuring the safety of stakeholders through compliance with regulations and hazard prevention and the certification covers a broad spectrum, including 83 sites across eight countries where Davis & Shirtliff operates,” said Alec Davis.
He added that D&S joins other top organizations that have received IMS certification in Kenya such as Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) Kenya, EABL, Safaricom, Bidco Africa, and Isuzu East Africa and the IMS certification was officially approved by the KEBS Certification Committee on July 17, 2023, and the certificates will remain valid for a period of three years.
“Integration of the management systems is particularly beneficial for organizations seeking to streamline their management processes, reduce costs, improve overall performance, and demonstrate commitment to quality, environmental responsibility, occupational health, and safety,” concluded Alec Davis.