The IEBC delivered a flawed election marred by irregularities in 2017. As reports emerge of strange goings-on at the commission, what hope is there for a free and fair election in 2022?
The leadership is simply not investing in priority areas. The livestock sector, the main source of livelihood and the economic mainstay of the region remains highly underinvested.
Whoever between Raila Odinga and William Ruto takes the presidency of this country after 9/8 must find the moral courage to finally break with a colonial legacy that has relegated thousands of our co-citizens to a life of unending misery and despair.
Economic issues have taken centre stage in this campaign season, a shift in focus that should be celebrated even though both Azimio La Umoja and Kenya Kwanza are making promises they may not be able to afford to keep and will likely find it hard to deliver.
Electing members of parliament who understand and fully exercise their power can make for a law-making organ whose potency is incomparable to that of the executive.
As Kenyans vote they deserve full adherence to the Constitution by the IEBC. A clear picture from the IEBC and Smartmatic on the ownership, corporate structure, funding, and governance structure of Smartmatic were necessary for these constitutional thresholds to be met.
For tax justice to truly work on behalf of the citizen, it must be founded on the principles of human rights. This demands that the financial architecture and fiscal systems in place allow for: citizen participation in decision making; accountability of systems; non-discrimination in implementation of programmes; empowering processes that enhance social mobility; requisite sanction in the face of transgressions; and legitimacy through applying the rule of law. The Elephant in conversation with Leonard Wanyama, regional coordinator of the East African Tax and Governance Network (EATGN).
Millions of Kenyans are still stretching begging bowls each year for relief food and not to forget the cost of food which has skyrocketed making affordability out of reach for many, especially in the urban areas. It is time, Kenyans challenged the status quo by demanding from the political class to have the food agenda on the table of discussion. The Elephant in conversation with Claire Nasike Akello, Project Lead and Food For Life Campaigner at Greenpeace Africa.
With the stranglehold on polity and economy, characteristic of South Asian politics, the Rajapaksas used a toxic glue of racism and religious enmity to bind the Sinhala majority to their political will, which expectedly misfired.
Unfairness in tax collection fundamentally erodes the social contract between an individual and their government because the provision of basic services is jeopardized when the affluent find legal loopholes to avoid paying taxes.
The political liberation and economic emancipation of Africa cannot be a one-country affair. By necessity, it must be a pan-African movement with international solidarity.