Lessons from the Supreme Court’s back-to-polls order

Court’s back-to-polls order Kenya is in the global limelight. For the first time in the country’s history, and, indeed, in the entire African continent, the apex court has nullified an incumbent president’s election and ordered fresh elections within 60 days. Only three other countries worldwide have accomplished such a feat. Chief Justice David Maraga’s determination, which he read as he invoked ‘fear of God’, has elicited outrage and accolades in equal measure. It had majority support of four judges against two dissenters. While the petitioners—the National Super Alliance (Nasa) and…

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When Kenyan clergy toed the ruling party’s line

The Church derives its political mandate from Jesus’ inaugural speech that states: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor… proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed… (Luke 4:18).” fish and farm, the thirsty how to store water and connect water pipes and the naked how to sew clothes. The Early Church did not allow its narrative of individual salvation to cloud Jesus’ broad political agenda of making God’s…

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