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Kenya: Falana asks UN to investigate attacks on judges in Kenya

September 26, 2017

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has asked the UN high commissioner for human rights to investigate reports of attacks on judges in Kenya.

The Kenyan supreme court had cancelled the August presidential election in which Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner.

The action of the court brought the judges threats and criticisms.

In a letter to Diego Garcia Sayan, UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Falana said he was concerned that the attacks were coming at a time when the country’s courts were hearing 399 petitions.

“I am writing to respectfully request that you use your good offices and position to urgently investigate recent reports of attack on judges in Kenya, and to make it very clear to the Kenyan authorities that your mandate will not accept intimidation, harassment or any form of attacks against judges and other actors of the justice system,” he said.

“According to reports, individual judges, particularly of the supreme court, as well as other judicial officers and staff have been attacked, threatened and negatively profiled on social media. Senior political leaders have also threatened the judiciary promising ‘to cut it down to size’ and ‘teach the judiciary a lesson’. The inspector-general of police who is expected to provide security to all government facilities, has repeatedly ignored calls to act, thereby exposing judicial officers, property and litigants to danger.

“I am seriously concerned that these attacks are coming at a time when the judiciary is starting to hear the 339 petitions already filed in various courts.  The attacks on judges and court officials would seem to be politically motivated.”




Tanzania/Kenya: Lissu’s US Trip Now Awaits Medic’s Nod

September 21, 2017

Doctors at the Nairobi Hospital will determine whether Singida East Member of Parliament Tundu Lissu is stable enough to be transferred to the United States for further treatment.

Singida North Member of Parliament Lazaro Nyalandu, who flew to Nairobi on Tuesday, revealed this through a post on his Facebook page.

“It is the third day that we are waiting for Mr Lissu’s medical report from doctors ta Nairobi hospital. We need the report so that we can share with specialists in the US to determine whether Mr Lissu is strong enough to be flown to there,” wrote Mr Nyalandu. Mr Lissu was flown to the Nairobi Hospital after an attempt on his life in Dodoma a few days ago. The gun wounds left him fighting for his life.

The legislator was shot several times by unidentified assailants in the stomach and legs. After Mr Lissu was assaulted, Chadema well-wishers started raising funds to facilitate his treatment. An online fundraising campaign https://www.gofundme.com/Lissumedicalcare was started.

As we went to press a total of $21,890 had been raised through the campaign by 465 well wishers in the past seven days.

On Monday, Chadema director of Foreign Communications and Foreign Affairs John Mrema said the party had raised $30,000 from well-wishers through bank accounts and mobile money banking.

Chadema is working to raise $50,000 (about Sh111.25 million) for the purpose.










https://www.voaswahili.com/a/chadema-yahoji-serikali-inataka-maombi-gani-juu-ya-lissu/4038680.html (SWAHILI)

Kenya: Statement of Hon. Chief Justice Maraga – Kenya Judiciary on Threats Against the Judiciary

September 19, 2017

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You will recall that four weeks ago, the Judicial Service Commission addressed Kenyans through a press conference at this very place over the increasing incidence of attacks by various groups of people who were given to making threats and demands intended to interfere with the work of the Judiciary. Since the Supreme Court delivered the judgement on the 2017 Presidential Election Petition on September 1, 2017, these attacks have become even more aggressive, culminating in lengthy uninterrupted demonstrations right outside the Supreme Court Building yesterday and today. Whereas we recognise and respect the rights of citizens to picket as provided in the Constitution, these demonstrations have bordered on violence and are clearly intended to intimidate the Judiciary and individual judges.

Further, in a particularly unfortunate incident yesterday in Kirinyaga County, Hon. Martha Karua was blocked by demonstrators from accessing the Kerugoya Law Courts for the hearing of her own petition. This amounts to intimidation of petitioners and should never be allowed to happen. It is notable and worrying that these attacks are occurring at a time when the Judiciary is starting to hear the 339 petitions already filed in various courts. At the same time, individual judges, particularly of the Supreme Court, as well as other judicial officers and staff, have been attacked, threatened and negatively profiled on social media. Senior political leaders have also threatened the Judiciary promising ‘to cut it down to size’ and ‘teach us a lesson’. These attacks are denigrating, demeaning and degrading and are meant to intimidate, threaten and cow the institution and individual judges. Such acts are not only unlawful but also savage in nature.

In view of these unfortunate developments, the JSC would like to state that we unreservedly condemn these mindless acts of aggression against the Judiciary and reiterate that if anything happens to the individual judges, staff or their families, those making inciting statements will be personally held responsible. JSC notes with dismay that the Inspector-General of Police, who is expected to provide security to all Government facilities, has repeatedly ignored calls to act, exposing Judicial officers, property and litigants to danger. The Judiciary is an arm of Government equal to the Executive and the Legislature. If leaders are tired of having a strong and independent judiciary, they should call a referendum and abolish it altogether. Before that happens, the Judiciary will continue to discharge its mandate in accordance with the Constitution and individual oaths of office. The Judiciary has not and will never seek to direct the other arms about how to perform their functions. In the same vein, we will not allow anybody to dictate to us how to discharge our mandate as given by the people of Kenya under the Constitution. We want to state that the rule of law must be allowed to prevail at all times.

The Judicial Service Commission supports the Independence of the Judiciary as an institution as well as the independence of every Judge, Magistrate or Kadhi. We urge all judicial officers to proceed with their work in accordance with their constitutional mandate without any fear, favour or bias and in accordance with the responsibility accorded us by the people of Kenya. All sovereign power belongs to the people. We therefore will never agree to work in accordance with the whims and desires of the executive and Parliament. The Judiciary as currently constituted cannot and shall not guarantee a particular outcome to any individual. We call upon Kenyans of goodwill to stand up for the independence of the Judiciary and the rule of law. On our part, we are prepared to pay the ultimate price to protect the Constitution and the rule of law.”













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Kenya: Jubilee MPs Unveil Plan to Reduce Powers of Supreme Court

September 15, 2017

Jubilee MPs and senators are planning to trim the powers of the Judiciary over the Supreme Court’s ruling which annulled the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 elections.

While the direct decision by Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu to file a petition seeking to kick out Chief Justice David Maraga may have caused discomfort among Jubilee leaders, the party’s lawmakers have vowed to take away the powers of the Supreme Court to overturn election outcomes of the presidential race.

The plan, legislators who are familiar with it say, will begin immediately they resume parliamentary sittings after the induction to familiarise new legislators with the rules of debate in the House, which will begin this Sunday.


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http://apanews.net/fr/news/kenya-le-parti-au-pouvoir-exige-le-depart-du-president-de-la-cour-supreme/ (FRANCAIS)

Kenya/Uganda: Makerere University Law graduates face degree scum probe

September 14, 2017

Makerere University

Law students who graduated from Makerere University will be required to produce certified academic papers before enrolling for this year’s bar examinations in Kenya. The Council of Legal Education (CLE) Thursday released a notice to the law students after reports that the degree scam is being investigated by Uganda’s oldest and biggest university. Makerere is investigating degrees awarded since 2011 and this is likely to affect many Kenyans who studied at the university. Dr Damalie Naggitta-Musoke, the former dean of the School of Law at Makerere, is leading a team that is auditing results. Ugandan sources said up to 88 lecturers, administrators from the senate, and students named in the marks scam are being investigated. It emerged that the staff changed students’ marks at an average Kenyan fee of Sh8,000 and Sh40,000 million per unit depending on the course and status of the student. Back home, the ripple effect of the audit has started to bite, with law students being the first casualties.



Tanzania/Kenya: Tundu Lissu still in critical, stable condition after shooting

September 14, 2017

Tanzanian opposition politician Tundu Lissu.

Tanzanian firebrand opposition leader Tundu Lissu, who was shot by unknown gunmen in in Dar es Salaam last week, is still in critical but stable condition in hospital.

Chadema leader Freeman Mbowe, who visited Mr Lissu on Thursday, dismissed reports in a section of Tanzanian media that the life of the opposition party’s chief whip was in danger.

He said while the condition of the Singida MP has been fluctuating, he was on a recovery path, and that there was no cause for alarm.


Mr Lissu, he said, is able to speak and has been receiving visitors under strict conditions imposed on the hospital staff of The Nairobi Hospital.

Visitors, he said, had been limited because they want the lawmaker to have enough bed red as recommended by the medics.

Mr Mbowe called on the Tanzanian government to allow international investigators to help unravel the mystery surrounding Mr Lissu’s shooting.









https://www.voaswahili.com/a/tanzania-yaeleza-hatua-zinazochukuliwa-baada-ya-watu-kupigwa-risasi/4028933.html (SWAHILI)

http://geopolis.francetvinfo.fr/la-tanzanie-de-nouveau-en-guerre-contre-les-compagnies-minieres-157021 (FRANCAIS)

Tanzania: MP’s Attack and the Riddle of ‘Unknown Assailants’

September 9, 2017

The assassination attempt on Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) President and opposition Chief Whip Tundu Lissu has reignited the hot debate over cases of attacks which blamed on “unknown” or “unidentified” people and in almost all cases the attackers remain at large.

On Thursday, unknown people sprayed 28 to 32 bullets at Lissu’s vehicle in Dodoma and five of the bullets wounded the lawmaker in the latest of the many shocking incidents that left the nation guessing over who the assailants were or what their motive was.

Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba yesterday ordered the police to investigate Lissu’s shooting but the opposition party Chadema leaders demanded a broader inquiry into cases where the so-called unknown people attacked individuals, police investigated but no report ever came out about the attackers. Chadema’s Secretary General Dr Vicent Mashinji told reporters at a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the tendency of terming the attackers “unknown people” is now becoming too monotonous for the nation to bear.