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Friday February 9 2018

Court orders: The growing tendency by top government officials to defy court orders, F. Mukembu warns, is setting a bad precedent as it takes the country in the wrong direction. The young people watching what is happening, Mukembu adds, might just get inspired to emulate the actions of those engaging in the vice. The Judiciary, he demands, must be accorded the respect it deserves to be able to maintain justice and law and order. “Nobody is above the law and these orders must be obeyed at all costs.” His contact is [email protected]

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Respect the law: There can be no compromise on respect for the law, says Prof Sam Chege. Writing from his base in Kansas, US, he adds: “There are three branches of government, namely the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary, that are supposed to act independently of each other to guard against tyranny. We have recently seen both Nasa and the Jubilee administration ignore rulings of the Judiciary. What I find fascinating is how some Kenyans will speak up or keep quiet depending on what political side they identify with. Respect for the law should be above politics.” His contact is [email protected]

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Miguna’s woes: Activist lawyer Miguna Miguna, W. Wahome notes, has his very comical side, which is epitomised by his popular phrase, “come baby, come”. During a television interview in Nairobi before he was arrested, held for several days and later deported to Canada, Wahome recalls, Miguna had dared the government to touch him, using the very words: “Come baby come”, and “baby came”. Miguna, he advises, “should drop the theatrics and melodrama or as the Bible teacher, “ask and it shall be given”. His contact [email protected]

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Citizenship: Did the Interior ministry officials realise that lawyer Miguna had been living in the country illegally, as they allege, only after he participated in Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s 'oathing' ceremony, asks Sore Mchiti. If it’s so, Sore adds, then Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i should confront the IEBC for illegally clearing the lawyer to vie for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in the August 8 elections, “or simply stop this soap opera”. He is upset that a citizen could just have been targeted for deportation simply because of political differences. His contact is [email protected]

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Muthurwa potholes: The failure to fix the numerous growing potholes at the roundabout on Landhies Road at Muthurwa, east of Nairobi’s city centre, is shocking, says Noorani Munir, pointing the finger at the county roads department. The potholes, he adds, are largely to blame for the never-ending traffic jams. “This is a very busy road and the county officials on the ground should by now have taken action. Instead, the county askaris would rather stand at the zebra crossing to harass motorists!” His contact is [email protected] 
 
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