The Civil Society Reference Group (CSRG) petitioned  the A.G’s office pursuant to Article 37 of the Bill of Rights as guaranteed in the Constitution as a holder of a State Office.


The petition stems from the glaring failure of this office to appropriately advise the National Government, in particular the Ministry of Devolution and Planning and that of Interior and Coordination of National Government to respect the law as directed by the High Court (Justices Joshua Odunga on October 31, 2016 and John Mativo on May 12, 2017 respectively) that they commence the Public Benefit Organizations Act, 2013 within 14 days and 30 days respectively.

on September 9, 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Mwangi Kiunjuri wrote to the A.G s office after a series of consultative meetings with stakeholders and civil society representatives instructing that said office gazettes a commencement date for the Public Benefit Organizations Act, a law that was assented to by retired President Mwai Kibaki on January 14, 2013 just before his term came to an end.


But rather than act with speed as had been directed by the CS who was required under the law to choose the appointed date for the coming in to force of the law, AG s office connived with the NGO Coordination Bureau specifically with the Chief Executive Officer Fazul Mahamed alias Mahamed Yusuf to sponsor and file a case challenging the gazettement of the PBO Act.






Later, on October 31, 2016 after Justice Joseph Onguto sitting in the High Court in Nairobi delivered a judgement on Petition No. 351 of 2015, in which Trusted Society for Human Rights Alliance had sued the Ministry of Devolution and National Planning directing that the law be commenced within 14 days, the A.G’s office watched as the Ministry and the Chief of Staff and Head of the Public Service Joseph Kinyua engaged in underhand manouevres to undermine justice by transferring the NGO Coordination docket from the Ministry of Devolution and Planning to that of Interior and Coordination of National Government. 

Convinced that the aim of the transfer of the docket was designed to defeat the course of justice, and to protect the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO Board Fazul Mahamed, the plaintiffs moved to the High Court again, this time around citing the CS for Devolution and Planning and, AG s office for contempt of court.


Ruling on May 12, 2017 on Petition No. 351 of 2015 and the subsequent contempt of court case that arose after the government failed to obey the court’s directive to commence the Act, Justice Mativo directed,  ruled that the minister for Interior should now follow the court’s directive or be jailed personally. Again, as in the previous instance, AGs  office kept a studious silence as the late CS for Interior disregarded the new court directives and  30-days window lapsed on June 19 without commencement of the law, despite the fact that it is your (the A.G’s) office that represented the government in the case!


Once again, Said  office, established under Article 156 of the Constitution as the principal legal advisor to the Government and legal representative in all cases in which the Government is a party, and which office is charged with the onerous functions of promoting, protecting and upholding the rule of law, failed to act and advise the relevant Ministry and departments to respect the court directives.


The instances cited are not the only ones in which the A.G s office has failed to act in public interest. 

You are aware that in November 2016, the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ), a Constitutional Commission to boot, recommended that the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO Coordination Board Fazul Mahamed be dismissed from office for using a fake degree certificate to secure the job. The Commission also recommended that he be surcharged for all the more than Ksh 8.5 million he had earned cumulatively as salary from when he was irregularly appointed.


To date,there is kept a studious silence on the matter, even after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) published in the Gazette Notice its findings confirming that indeed, Fazul Mahamed used forged academic papers to get employed as the CEO of the NGO Board despite the fact that this  office is the clearing house for all gazette notices!


Recently, apparently acting out interests that are only known to the A.G  personally, his  office sprang into action when the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology sought to reconstitute various University Councils, including that of the University of Nairobi. In your (the A.G’s) legal opinion which was published and publicised in a cross section of the print and electronic media nationally, you faulted and overruled the Education Cabinet Secretary for appointing new members to the UoN Council even “before cases related to their tenure are heard and determined”. Through a letter dated June 28, 2017 A.G’s office said that even though Matiang’i has powers to appoint members of Councils through Section 36 of the Universities Act, due procedure must be followed. In the said letter, A.G is  quoted to have written thus:



“The corresponding power regarding the removal of council members must be in accordance with the University of Nairobi Charter (2012), the Letter of Interim Authority and the State Corporations Act,” But even as you seem to have gone out of your way to proffer such sound advisory, it did not occur to you that similar cases, including refusal by the CEO of the NGO Coordination Board to reinstate staff he dismissed illegally have not merited your attention even after the Industrial and Labour Relations court directed that they be reinstated unconditionally!


It is against these acts of commission and omission that we petition your (A.G’s) office to wake up to the constitutional calling of this position as a State officer and discharge your mandate in a manner that respects, protects and upholds the rule of law, and such related values of public service as high standards of professionalism, responsive, effective, impartial, and equitable provision of services as well as accountability for administrative acts of omission and commission that have become the hallmark of your tenure as the current Attorney  General of Kenya.


We further wish to remind the A.G  of the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution that demands of all State and public officers that any authority assigned to a State Officer “is a public trust to be exercised in a manner that is consistent with purposes and objects of the Constitution” and brings honour to the nation, dignity to the office and inspires public confidence in the integrity of the office. Such purposes and objects of the Constitution are to be found in Article 10 of the Constitution that speak to the national values and principles of governance such as the rule of law, respect for human rights, accountability to the public, non-discrimination and social justice.


The Civil Society Reference Group (CSRG) is a network of Public Benefit Organizations (PBOs within the meaning of the Public Benefit Organizations Act, 2013 whose aim is to promote the establishment and realization of an enabling legal, operational and regulatory environment for local, national and international Public Benefit Organizations (PBOs) based and working in Kenya and the region. The Reference Group is thus committed to a vision of an enabling environment for effective civil society sector in Kenya that promotes ethical standards through self-regulation.CSRG Mission, therefore, is to catalyse collaborative relationships between different levels of Government, the public and other state actors and to protect and enhance an independent and effective civil society voice and agency in the public interest.


It is  hoped that the Office of the Attorney General will rediscover and take up its rightful role in the promotion, protection and upholding of the rule of law, and advise the relevant Government ministries on the imperative to obey court orders, and more importantly, move with speed to commence the Public Benefit Organizations Act as was directed by the court on October 31, 2016 and again on May 12, 2017.











President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in the French National Day Parade with President and Mrs. Macron

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart Paris, France en route to Newark, New Jersey

Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting

Vice President Pence participates in a series of meetings with governors

Vice President Pence participates in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

Vice President Pence participates in a series of meetings with governors


President Trump had a productive visit to Paris, France, where he participated in numerous meetings, including an arrival ceremony at Les  Invalides and a joint press conference with President Macron



Follow the President’s trip to France, on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.

Vice President Pence delivered remarks on Obamacare in Lexington, Kentucky on Wednesday saying, “it’s going to take courage, and it’s going to take leadership in Washington, D.C. And make no mistake about it, there are many voices in our Nation’s Capital, and you see them on TV all the time. But there is no more compelling voice in Washington, D.C. than the voice of the American people. So let your voice be heard.”

Press Secretary Sean Spicer released a statement saying, “President Donald J. Trump was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and prominent Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo.”

Obamacare fact of the day

FACT: Taxpayers are on the hook for Obamacare’s surging costs. The average Obamacare subsidy in February 2017 was nearly $4,500 – an increase of nearly $1,200 from just two years prior.

Obamacare fact of the day



President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participated in a viewing of the National Day Parade in France in honor of Bastille Day. President Trump is the first United States President to participate in the ceremonies since 1989.



A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP SIDE EVENT AT 2017 HLPF High Level Political Forum. (11-07-2017).

In July 2016,The Kenyan delegation to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) Committed the country to present a national voluntary report on development goals, (SDGs) to the 2017 (HLPF) to be held between 16th & 19th July 2017, At The UN Headquarters In New York. A draft report was prepared . 

(The importance of country-level multi – stakeholder partnerships In A Changing development I landscape). 

This is a side event at The 2017 high- level political forum on sustainable development. Tuesday, 11th July 2017. 

Venue :The Japan Society, Murase Room 

333E.47th st.( In between 1st and 2nd Ave.),New York. 


“Obamacare Moment of Truth”

– Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board describes that after months of cross negotiations between conservative and GOP moderates, the Senate will face a “watershed” moment next week, when it votes on Obamacare repeal and replace. The new bill “includes expanding eligibility for insurance subsidies, increasing subsidies for out-of-pocket expenses,” finances high-risk pools, stabilizes the insurance markets, “dispenses $45 billion for heroin and opioid abuse treatment,” and maintains Medicaid reform. The vote next week will “force Republicans to honor their avowed principles – or betray them,” it pens.
Click here to read more.





It is with great sorrow that the Government and kenyans mourn the passing on of General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and National Government,who passed away this morning, at Karen Hospital. He was 67 years old.

Details related to the sudden death are now beginning to emerge. It is now clear that the General collapsed while at home and was rushed to the Karen Hospital and upon further examination was pronounced dead on arrival.Both the Hospital and his family have clarified that he was not admitted at the Facility.

Under the strenuous circumstances, an earlier statement indicating that Gen. Nkaissery passed on while receiving treatment at Karen Hospital was made in error .

 The publicis asked to remain patient as work continues with the family on more details.

All necessary communication will be released in a timely manner as it unfolds but with due regard to the family’s privacy.

While as the government is shocked by the sudden death and demise of the beloved Cabinet Secretary, let all know that the best way of honouring his memory and his legacy is continue with the steadfast commitment of placing Kenya first under all Circumstances.

The Security Forces remain resolute in carrying out their foremost duty of protecting Kenyans, and assure you that there’s no cause for alarm.

Education C.S Dr.Fred Matiang’i,has been appointed as the acting Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

All continue to Pray for his family, friends, the relatives and the people of Kenya during this trying time. 

May GOD bless and rest his soul in eternal peace.


                                                    6:11 P.M

A PRESS STATEMENT:-on the cost of basic commodities,the nurses strike,and the FOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY.

A Press Statement JUNE  8TH. 2017.
Cost of Basic Commodities
For the last 3 years East Africa, Southern Africa and the Horn of Africa have been experiencing the worst drought in the last 20 years, both in intensity and duration. As a result, the region is experiencing a shortage of key agricultural supplies pushing up the cost of basic food commodities.

In KENYA’S case, the worst affected commodity is maize due to the fact that it is a staple food.
It is against this background that the government has progressively put in place several measures to protect the vulnerable sections of our communities. We have also ensured that the public is kept informed of what the government is doing to avoid a situation where citizens are overrun by unnecessary anxiety and despondency.
It is therefore unfortunate that yesterday, Hon. Raila Odinga who is campaigning to be President made objectionable allegations about the government effort in this matter.

The same allegations have been widely circulated in the media.

Hon Odinga is quoted as saying that the government of Kenya has frustrated the importation of cheap maize from Ethiopia. He went on to ask H.E. the President to travel to Ethiopia and negotiate for such importation.

I wish to inform the public that as early as February 2017, H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a delegation to Ethiopia to negotiate for maize imports from this friendly country. As a result, the Ethiopian
government has so far allowed the importation of 13000 metric tons of maize into Kenya.

During negotiations with the mailers who had expressed interest to import maize, it became clear that a 90 kilograms bag of maize from Ethiopia would retail at between 4400 and 5000 shillings given the obtaining dependent variables. The notion that this maize will be cheap is therefore grossly misguided.

Finally and of critical public interest, information to the public is  that the current approval for importation of maize is completely open and all government departments have been advised accordingly.

Once again the insinuation that anybody is frustrating certain importers is seriously misguided. The government has no preference whatever for maize from any destination or by any importer.

The only condition is that the maize will pass a stringent test of fitness for human consumption and that with a subsidy of 1000 shillings per bag it will be able to reach mwananchi at a price of 90 shillings per 2 kilogram bag. Once you are able to meet this condition, all relevant government departments have been directed to facilitate you on priority basis.

We hesitate to note that Hon. Raila Odinga himself is a suave businessman and he can exploit this opportunity.


Nurses Strike.
From the onset,  it’s  apparent that the national government has no intention whatsoever to micro manage County Government as this is a devolved function. We however note that whatever technicalities there is in the current dispute, nothing either in the nursing profession or in the tenets of civilized society justifies the loss of human life in peacetime.

The message to nurses is therefore that whatever it is that you arguing about, don’t fall to the gimmicks of political tricksters who would deem it worthwhile to cause suffering or even sacrifice human life for temporary causes.









Our attention has been drawn…….. to a  press conference addressed this afternoon 7-6-17
by the former prime minister and NASA presidential candidate with allegations  that the
hunger situation is a deliberate creation of the state.


It is a known fact that the hunger situation is a regional matter not confined
to Kenya. As at now, Kenya is at a better position in terms of the prices that
are being offered for Unga.

From the time government got early warnings on drought, it took the
following measures:

By August 2016, interventions were already ongoing through the
Ministry of Devolution, way before the much-acclaimed Hon.
RailaOdinga’s alternative assertions.

In November 2016, after reviewing the situation, the government upscaled
the intervention programme by putting in place a four-phased
National drought mitigation programme – running between November,
2016 to October 2017. This saw provision of relief food to over 3
million Kenyans in the 23 ASAL Counties.

Besides the Government
1. Water tracking
2. Livestock off-take
3. Feed supplements and diseases control
4. Extended and up-scaled cash transfers to the most vulnerable in
the society.

By February 2017, after a further review of the situation through our
monthly food security assessments, H.E. the president declared the
drought a national disaster.

In April 2017, theGovernment removed VAT on maize flour and bread
as an incentive to lower the prices for the benefit of consumers.

Further, after another review of the situation, the Government waived
duty on the importation of maize.
Contrary to the assertions that this was a preserve of a few importers, this opportunity is open to everyone as long as they meet the quality standards.
So far, the process has been successful and we have stocks from all over including Ethiopia. In addition, all the other agencies of Government have been sensitized to facilitate the process.
Other essential food commodities;
By virtue of the Government’s intervention and being a responsible Government;

The price of maize flour will continue retailing at Kshs. 90 until the situation normalizes. Interventions and supplies are being up-scaled and this is set to reach every corner of the Country including posho mills.

From last week, milk started retailing at Kshs. 50 per half litre packet.

Sugar prices have been addressed and by next Monday, the price of 1 kg of sugar will start retailing at Kshs. 120.
In conclusion,  the Government is on top of the situation and is being handled in the most professional, proficient and transparent manner.As a Government, we refuse to be derailed by sideshows for political expediency. It would therefore be very unfortunate for anybody of whatever status in society to use the food situation due to natural causes, for political millage.



Civil Society Lauds Ruling on Commencement of the Public Benefit Organizations Act

The Civil Society  (CSRG) wishes to laud the court for its steadfast rulings on Petition No. 351 of 2015 and the subsequent Contempt of Court that arose after the government failed to obey the court directive to commence the Public Benefit Organizations Act.

This verdict is a triumph against impunity and the creeping culture of disregard for the rule of law as prescribed in Article 10 of the Constitution. It is the biggest blow to Executive fiat and its attendant impunity that seems to thrive on harassment and intimidation of independent and critical voices in the society.

In December 2016, Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ), in collaboration with the Public Benefit Organizations Litigation Team, and Trusted Society of Human Rights Alliance filed contempt of court proceedings against the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, and the Attorney General for failing to commence the Public Benefit Organizations Act as directed by the High Court.

Despite the High Court ruling for its immediate commencement on October 31, 2016, the Government failed to act on the court order and instead transferred the NGO Coordination docket from the Ministry of Devolution and Planning to that of Interior and Coordination of National Government in what seems to have been a deliberate attempt to defeat justice and evade the responsibility to gazette a commencement date of the new NGO law.

It should be recalled that commencement of the PBO Act is long overdue, having been passed by the 10th Parliament in 2012 and assented to by retired President Mwai Kibaki more than four (4) years ago on January 14, 2013.

All these have been happening under the Jubilee administration that has spent the better part of its nearly five years in power discrediting and delegitimizing NGOs and the Civil Society in general through the NGO Coordination Board Executive Director Fazul Mahamed instead of facilitating the work of the sector that compliments efforts of both national and county governments in service delivery and promotion of accountable exercise of power in the management of public affairs.

The Public Benefit Organization (PBO) Act 2013 is the law seeking to provide a more enabling environment for NGOs, yet as of today, the government seems to prefer operating under the outdated and draconian NGO Coordination Act of 1990 because of its broad, vague and arbitrary provisions that leave room for caprice and abuses.

Recent actions against Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation, the Kenya Human Rights Commission and Evans Kidero Foundation all of which have had to go to court to ward off threats of deregistration by the Board without any regards to the rule of law should be seen in this context.

It is extremely worrisome that the Executive arm of the government has taken impunity to such high levels as to fail to obey directives of the High Court. And this is not the first time that this is happening. Not too long ago, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) disregarded a court directive to stop using its controversial breathalyzer until a case that has been filed against its use is heard and determined.

Indeed, the Jubilee government’s penchant for oppressive tactics against the civil society and contempt for the judiciary is unprecedented. This is unfortunate and a recipe for lawlessness and anarchy, more so when it is being perpetrated by the Executive arm of the government charged with enforcing law and order.

It is our hope that this court decision will put an end to all forms of harassment and smear campaigns against the civil society and herald a new era characterized by the requisite political will and respect for judicial pronouncements that creates a favourable environment for civil society to work in and be able to continue promoting human rights, good governance and social justice for the poor without hindrances and distractions by the NGO Coordination Board.

Signed  issued on  14th Day of May 2017




March 2017

Africans Rising Releases Fact-Finding Mission Report Into Crisis In Cameroon
Africans Rising for Peace, Justice and Dignity

In October 2016, associations representing teachers, educators and lawyers in two of Cameroon’s Anglophone South West and North West Regions embarked on a strike action. Their demands centred on greater inclusion and promotion of English-speaking Cameroonians in the teaching and legal sectors as well as across government and society in general, both regionally and nationally.

The strikes were followed a few weeks later by public protests in the two regions’ main cities, Bamenda and Buea organised by leading civil society organisations in the regions in support of the strikes and against the general “marginalisation and deprivation” of Anglophone Cameroonians by the Francophone authorities and government of President Paul Biya. The protests were broadened to include “ghost town” actions – stay-at- home boycotts enacted twice a week that led to major disruptions of schooling, judicial processes, private and public businesses and other services.

The government responded to protests with a security crackdown that led to reported human rights violations by the authorities and security forces including killings, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture, harassment and intimidation. An internet blockade that was instituted in January and has denied millions of people in the Anglophone regions access to the internet, remains in effect. Together with militarised security operations, this has produced a pervasive climate of repression, fear and intimidation across the

South West and North West Regions. Concerned about the worsening human rights situation, a four-member delegation from Africans Rising embarked on a fact-finding mission to Cameroon to understand the nature of the conflict, its context and its impact on the people of Cameroon and to help seek lasting peaceful and just solutions to the crisis for the Cameroonian people. The delegation met discreetly with a range of stakeholders, many of whom requested

anonymity out of fear for their safety, who shared eyewitness accounts of many of the reported human rights violations and the impact of these violations on them and their communities.

We observed the devastating economic impact of the internet blockade, disrupted cellular communications and the closure of businesses as well as the equally devastating social impact on education, healthcare and safety and security that the government’s crackdown and protest actions have brought to bear in this crisis. The repressive response by government also has had serious political impacts, most notably the shrinking of space for civic and political action that in turn undermines citizens’ fundamental rights to freedom of expression, assembly and political association.

In order to resolve this deepening crisis, the Africans Rising mission recommends that the government immediately act to end the repressive actions and fear by ending its militarised security operations in the Anglophone regions with immediate effect. Other recommendations include the immediate unconditional release all people – including children, civil society leaders, and journalists – arrested and detained in connection with the process; the immediate restoration of internet access; the resumption of schooling; and the establishment of an open, independently-mediated dialogue process between government and Anglophone civil society to address all grievances.

As an emerging movement of people and formations, working for peace, justice and dignity we call on African organisations such as the African Union as well as other solidarity social justice groupings to engage this crisis in order to help bring about lasting peaceful and justice solutions for the people of Cameroon.

THE End.

A STATEMENT. (Is the GOVT straightening Joho)?

A Briefing & STATEMENT

29th March, 2017

Towards the August General Elections: an EYE-VIEW of the Performance of Government Departments.

The Attention of the government has been drawn to reports covered by several media houses, and attribute to opposition politicians, to the effect that the H. E Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya and Commander in Chief of Kenya Defense Forces is using government agencies to intimidate one Hassan Joho.
This office wishes to categorically inform Kenyans that this accusation is totally force and made in bad faith. The government agenda to clean the education system of academic fraudsters will continue with the full support of all government departments as a part of entrenching justice, fairness and the rule of law in the republic.
Similarly, the obligation to pay taxes falls squarely on the shoulder of every citizen and no person shall be exempted regardless of his/her perceived status in life. We inform the public that the Kenya revenue Authority commenced investigation into tax fraud by a company associated with Joho in January 2016 following leads developed by analysis of KRA,s internal data and information from patriotic tax paying Kenyans.

When the company was duly informed that it is under investigation, the said company rushed to court and obtained an injunction preventing KRA from proceeding with the investigation. In January this year, the injunction was lifted and investigations resumed.
it is unfortunate that such diligent efforts by government agencies have been misinterpreted to serve hopeless political purposes.

In the meantime, the Government wishes to sensitize Wananchi that as the elections draw near, there are those politicians who would want to divert the attention of the country from productive activities to politics. The advice of the government is that citizens should continue with their daily activities in order to improve their own standard of living and develop the country in general. Spending time in the streets demonstrating over non-issues will only make them lug behind as other Kenyan continue working hard to develop themselves. Needless to say, the same politicians will be here neat season to tell them that they are behind because they have been marginalized.