CHRIPS NEWSLETTER MAY 2019
Launch Of Special Issue Journal & Roundtable Discussion On 2017 General Election, Kenya
CHRIPS’ researchers Mutuma Ruteere and Patrick Mutahi co-authored chapter, “Violence, Insecurity and Policing of 2017 Elections” published in the Journal of Eastern African Studies. It addresses two main issues. First, why, despite years of security reforms, limited protests were met with high levels of police force, resulting in loss of life. Second, why ethnic and gang-related violence did not become a widespread problem. Access the journal article here.
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During the launch of the special journal issue themed “Has Kenya changed? The 2017 elections and the impact of constitutional reform” on 27thMay, a roundtable discussion was convened. Mutuma, who was one of the co-editors of the journal provided insights onto why there was peace during the last elections including the impact of political, ethnic pacts and alliances. See excerpts from discussions at the Author’s Roundtable here
Policy Brief On Police Management Of Public Assemblies In Kenya
This Policy Brief discusses various ways in which public assemblies in Kenya can be better managed. It draws from a CHRIPS policy workshop held on 12 February which brought together researchers, policy makers, police and government officials to discuss progress on police reforms & protest management in Kenya; police provision of medical assistance to persons injured in protests; tools and equipment for protest management, training and preparation for management of protests and oversight and accountability in policing protests.Download the full policy brief here
Submissions To National Assembly Against Proposed Amendment To Public Order Act
CHRIPS submitted a memorandum to the National Assembly, which argued that amending the Public Order Act would have a chilling effect on the right to assembly. On 15 March, the National Assembly through a special gazette notice invited interested members of the public to submit their views on the Public Order (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 14 of 2019). The said bill makes provision for imposition of a six-year imprisonment term or a fine of one hundred thousand on protest organisers when found guilty of damage to property or loss of earnings during protests.
Submission To National Assembly Against Proposed Amendment To The Prevention Of Terrorism Act
The Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies submitted comments to the National Assembly concerning the proposed amendment to the Prevention of Terrorism Act under The Statute Law (Miscellaneous amendments) Bill, 2019. The Bill sought to require civil society actors to seek approval from the National Counter- terrorism Centre The comments highlighted the negative effects that the amendment would have on ongoing Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) work. Download the submissions here.
UPDATES ON ONGOING WORK
Methodology Workshop on Youth Inclusion And Economic Empowerment
CHRIPS is undertaking a study on the extent to which the National Youth Service (NYS) Community Cohorts Programme in Kibera and Mathare has contributed to youth inclusion in economic life and governance and the impact of that inclusion on violence in the two areas. In light of this, CHRIPS brought together a team of experts for a methodology workshop on 27thto 28thof May to refine the research questions and hypotheses and to formulate recurring concepts in the study including youth, inclusion, participation in community governance and violence.
Through this project, it is hoped that dataand analysis of the practical linkages between jobs and economic opportunities and violence reduction/prevention will be useful to policy makers grappling with what works well and what does not. Lessons from a systematic, critical and in-depth study of this project would no doubt yield invaluable data and insights to guide the ongoing review by the government and also offer critical lessons to similar future interventions. In addition, it will potentially inform similar projects undertaken by non-state actors at local levels.
Revisiting CHRIPS Work On Strengthening Accountability Of The National Intelligence Service
Pursuant to the provisions of section 66 of the National Intelligence Service Act, 2012, the Public Service Commission in March 2019 invited applications for appointment to the positions of the Chairperson and Members of Intelligence Service Complaints Board.
The establishment of this Board was among the key policy suggestions in this CHRIPS 2016 policy brief (Available here) which followed a critical study examining the nature and effectiveness of the accountability and oversight mechanisms of the National intelligence Services in Kenya. Based on the research findings, the report directed specific policy options at national human rights institutions and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to advocate for establishment of the Board.
In June 2018, Katiba Institute, a leading organisation focused on constitutional transformation and one of our partners, took on the challenge and filed a petition at the High Court in Malindi arguing that failure to establish the board is unconstitutional. While the call for applications by the PSC comes ahead of hearing and judgment in this case, we welcome the board’s establishment as a useful step towards building citizen trust in a responsible, professional, and accountable National Intelligence Service that respects the bill of rights.