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Kenya: Many Prospecting and Mining Licenses Cancelled; New Mining Law Considered

(May 22, 2015) Kenya’s Ministry of Mining has cancelled 65 licenses for prospecting and mining; some of the revoked permits were held by individuals and others by companies. The moves have raised concern that investors will lose confidence in the viability of the industry in Kenya, and some have threatened lawsuits over the issues of […]

Kenya: Proposal to Forcibly Repatriate Somali Refugees

(Apr. 16, 2015) Following the April 2, 2015, deadly attacks at Kenya’s Garissa University carried out by members of the Somalia-based terrorist organization known as Al-Shabaab, which resulted in the killing of 147 students, Kenya announced that it wants the Dadaab refugee complex closed immediately and its residents, who are all Somalis, moved to Somalia. […]

Kenya: High Court Temporarily Suspends Parts of Security Laws (Amendment) Bill

(Jan. 2, 2015) On January 2, 2015, Kenya’s High Court temporarily suspended, pending a full hearing, the implementation of parts of the recently enacted Security Laws (Amendment) Act, after determining that the parts in question raised human rights concerns. (Kenya Court Suspends Parts of the Two-Week-Old Security Law, REUTERS AFRICA (Jan. 2, 2015).) The Court […]

Kenya: Security Laws (Amendment) Bill Enacted

(Dec. 30, 2014) On December 19, 2014, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014, a day after Parliament approved the law amid nationally televised chaos involving heckling and fistfights, as some members sought to air their strong opposition to the proposal. (Chaos in Kenyan Parliament, CAPITAL FM KENYA […]

Kenya: Parliament Considering Security Laws Amendment Legislation

(Dec. 16, 2014) Kenya’s Parliament is considering passage of the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which would amend over 20 different laws. (Mohammed Yusuf, Kenya’s Proposed Security Law Stirs Debate, VOICE OF AMERICA (Dec. 11, 2014).) The proposed legislation follows a series of terrorist attacks launched by Al-Shabab, a Somalia-based terrorist group, and mounting public […]

International Criminal Court; Kenya: Trial of Kenyan President Adjourned

(Sept. 11, 2014) The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on September 5, 2014, that the trial of Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya, and of the Deputy President, William Ruto, originally planned to begin on October 7, would be adjourned indefinitely. Kenyatta had been charged with five counts of crimes against in humanity, with a […]

Kenya: Parliament to Criminalize Use of Wrong Title to Address Top Government Officials

(May 9, 2014) Kenya’s Parliament is considering a bill, the Order of Precedence Bill, 2014, which, among other goals, is aimed at “providing a yardstick for determining the proper position of all officer[s], their seniority and hierarchy for the purpose of state functions.” (Jeremiah Kiplang’at, You Risk Sh2m Fine Not Calling MP ‘Honourable’, DAILY NATION […]

Kenya: Comprehensive Marriage Law Enacted

(May 2, 2014) On April 29, 2014, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya signed into law the Marriage Bill, 2014, a comprehensive law consolidating various laws governing religious, customary, and civil marriages and divorces in the country. (President Kenyatta Assents to Marriage and Heroes Bills, The Presidency website (Apr. 29, 2014).) The legislation, adopted by the […]

Kenya: Court Rules Tax Refunds Must Be Prompt

(Apr. 29, 2014) Kenya’s High Court determined on April 14, 2014, that taxpayers have a right under the Constitution to fair administrative action related to their tax payments. (Catherine Mutava, Kenya: Constitutional Right to Expeditious Settlement of Refund Claims, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Apr. 25, 2014), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; The Constitution […]

Kenya: Implementation of New Wildlife Law Expedited

(Apr. 24, 2014) In early April 2014, it was reported that a special unit of prosecutors, the Wildlife Crimes Prosecution Unit, recently formed to combat wildlife-related crimes in Kenya, has already had some promising results. The Unit, which consists of 35 prosecutors who have undergone special training, is said to have successfully prosecuted 26 cases […]