Why civil society is taking a back seat in political debates

What you need to know:

  • To anyone interested in human rights in Kenya, the great triumphs of the 1990s and 2000s — the resumption of multi-party politics, the release of political prisoners, the exposure of mass corruption, the Narc victory of 2002 and so on — have given way to frustration and, increasingly, concern.
  • Civil society has provided an important platform for individuals and groups unable for various reasons to enter formal politics. Think, for instance, about the role played by women in civil society and the effects they have had.

Peter Kenneth’s decision this week to join the angry backlash against the “shoot-to-kill” orders given to police officers more than a week ago was welcome.


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