Bobi Wine re-arrested, charged with treason in a civilian court

Bobi Wine re-arrested, charged with treason in a civilian court

By Kasirye Samuel | August 2018

Yesterday, Thursday 23rd August, the military General Court Martial (GCM) dropped weapons charges previously leveled against the new “third force” in Uganda’s politics, Honourable Robert Kyagulanyi’s alias Bobi Wine.In a twist of events, Lt Gen. Andrew Guti, the chairman of the GCM informed those present that he had received instructions, to set the MP free without revealing the source of the order. ‎Read more …

Left Party in Tanzania in solidarity with detained Ugandan legislators

Left Party in Tanzania in solidarity with detained Ugandan legislators

By Kasirye Samuel | August 2018

For the past week, much of the national focus in Uganda has been towards the brutal arrest and detention of several opposition Members of Parliament following the recently concluded parliamentary bi-election in the North Western town of Arua. Most popular among the detainees is youthful reggae singer cum legislator Honourable Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine who shot to political prominence after his successful attempt at parliament in July 2017.Read more …

Research Report on the Management of Conflicts in Kenya-October 2017

Research Report on the Management of Conflicts in Kenya-October 2017

By RLS East African Regional Office | October 2017

More than 50 years after independence from the British, Kenya is a country still plagued by incessant internal conflicts, some of which are violent. This is despite many efforts by the government and different stakeholders over the years to try to manage and bring them to an end. This report, commissioned by RLS East Africa in 2017 under the Special Initiative on Migration project, looks into the different facets of these conflicts and the role that the Kenyan government (and other key actors in the country) has played so far in containing and trying to end them. It also provides some key specific recommendations and conclusions on what further steps need to be taken to ensure a more peaceful country. Read more …

Political quagmire? The divisive and detrimental politics of Kenya’s 2017 Presidential Elections

Political quagmire? The divisive and detrimental politics of Kenya’s 2017 Presidential Elections

By Mildred Ngesa | May 2018

For the past one year, Kenyans have gone through a divisive campaign that threatened to split the country into two. The August 2017 general elections and repeat presidential elections in October was the second after Kenya promulgated her new constitution in 2010 that presumably ushered-in a new era of institutional reforms. Unlike the 2013 general elections, the 2017 elections had many firsts. It was the first ever election in Kenya and Africa where the results of a presidential election were annulled by a court of law. It was also the first where the swearing in of a “people’s president” was made possible without bursting into violence and was followed by a handshake between the two custodians of Kenyans tumultuous politics – Uhuru and Raila, a pact that came as a surprise even to those political colleagues close to the two. Read more …

Constitutional conundrum and political crisis in Kenya post 2017 elections

Constitutional conundrum and political crisis in Kenya post 2017 elections

Dr. Erick Komolo | May 2018

After over two decades of endless political agitation intermittently characterized by ethnic tensions and institutionalized state-sponsored violence, Kenya, in 2010, eventually promulgated a new constitution and, with it, hopes for a new governance order. At the core of it, the 2010 constitution was designed to address several underlying challenges that the country had faced over the years which were perceived as trigger points for incessant political polarization and poor governance that often manifested inform of political intolerance, rampant public sector corruption and negative ethnicity. Drawing from the 2017 elections experiences, this Article by Dr. Erick Komolo, looks into how so far the new constitution has impacted or been impacted by the practices of politics in Kenya. ‎Read more …