The importance of strong institutions that can protect individual liberties

US Capitol protests

Damage is seen inside the US Capitol building early on January 7, 2020 in Washington, DC, after supporters of US President Donald Trump breeched security and entered the building during a session of Congress.

Photo credit: Olivier Douliery | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The events in the US have given the world a chance to understand the importance of strong institutions that can protect our individual liberties.
  • They highlight the need for countries to work towards building resilient institutions that can exert their constitutional independence to protect democracy and the lives of their people.

Last week’s events that took place in the political arena in Kenya and the US have inadvertently helped us to understand governance from different angles. They were also a clear reminder of the importance of having strong government institutions not only in enhancing democracy but also in ensuring systems run according to the rule of law.


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