Penn Law International

The Battle over Kenya’s Democracy: A Flawed Election, A Rerun, and the Supreme Court

February 28, 2018

Maina Kiai
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association (2011–2017)

In a triumphant moment for democracy, the Kenyan Supreme Court nullified the presidential election of August, 2017. However, just when Kenyans hopes of a strong and independent Supreme Court were on the rise, only one of the six Justices turned up to hear a petition on the rerun, ending a battle over Kenya’s democratic institutions and plunging the country once again into post- election chaos and violence.  In February 2018, the leading Kenyan human rights lawer Maina Kiai, discussed the rights to peaceful assembly and association in the United States and Kenya post- elections. In conversation with Clark Edmond, L’19.

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