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Kenya: Parliament Passes Comprehensive Marriage Bill, Changes Process for Contracting Customary Marriages

(Mar. 28, 2014) On March 20, 2014, the 349-member lower chamber of the National Assembly (Kenya’s parliament) passed the Marriage Bill No. 13 of 2013. Among other objectives, the purpose of the Bill is to consolidate the seven different marriage laws in the country. (Kenya Parliament Passes Polygamy Measure, VOICE OF AMERICA (Mar. 21, 2014).) […]

Kenya: Rejection of Bill Capping NGO Foreign Funding and Giving Spy Agency Broadened Surveillance Powers

(Dec. 12, 2013) On December 4, 2013, Kenya’s parliament rejected the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2013, which, if passed, would have amended various laws resulting, among others, in the limiting of funding streams of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country and the expansion of surveillance powers of Kenya’s National Intelligence Service (NIS). (Jeremiah Kiplang’at, […]

Kenya: Controversial Legislation on the Media Under Consideration

(Dec. 6, 2013) Two controversial bills with similar provisions on the control of the media are at different stages in the legislative process in Kenya. The Kenya Information and Communications Amendment (KICA) has been passed by the legislature but not yet approved by the President. (Ally Jamah, Media Stakeholders in Kenya Seek Amendments to Proposed […]

Kenya: Parliament Passes Matrimonial Property Bill, Affects Equal Sharing of Assets in Divorce

(Nov. 18, 2013) On November 12, 2013, Kenya’s Parliament passed the Matrimonial Property Bill, 2013, with key amendments that some argue will adversely affect the ability for stay-at-home women to gain an equal share of assets in divorce. (John Ngirachu, MPs Pass Contentious Matrimonial Property Bill, DAILY NATION (Nov. 12, 2013).) The amendments passed due […]

Kenya: Appellate Court Rules Kenyan Courts Do Have Jurisdiction over Offenses Committed on High Seas

(Oct. 25, 2012) On October 18, 2012, the Kenyan Court of Appeal ruled that Kenyan courts have jurisdiction over cases involving persons suspected of international piracy. The ruling overturns a 2010 decision that had determined Kenya lacks such jurisdiction. (Rebecca DiLeonardo, Kenya Appeals Court Allows Jurisdiction over International Piracy Cases, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Oct. 18, […]

Kenya: President Vetoes Major Legislation

(July 12, 2012) On June 25, 2012, Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya, vetoed the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2012 (34 KENYA GAZETTE SUPPLEMENT (May 2, 2012)), which the National Assembly had adopted on June 21. Kibaki argued that his assent to the legislation in its current form would violate the principle of separation of […]

Kenya: Kenya Deposit Insurance Bill Becomes Law

(May 16, 2012) On May 9, 2012, Kenya's President, Mawi Kibaki, signed into law the Kenya Deposit Insurance Act, 2012, which provides for the establishment of a deposit insurance scheme and a corporation to manage the scheme and to wind up failed deposit taking institutions, among other things. (President Kibaki Signs Four Bills into Law, […]

Kenya: Court Orders Parliament to Review Law Threatening Access to Generic Medicine

(Apr. 25, 2012) On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds Access to Generic Drugs, ANGOP (Apr. 21, 2012).) The ruling follows an April 2010 order that had […]

Kenya: Measure in Parliament to Stop Landlords from Auctioning Their Tenants’ Property

(Feb. 27, 2012) Kenya's Parliament is gearing up to begin debate on the Land Bill 2012, which, among other objectives, seeks to drastically change the landlord-tenant relationship in the country. If enacted in its current form, the bill would require landlords to seek termination of lease contracts in court to recover overdue rent. (Bill to […]

Kenya: Draft Legislation to Require Publishers to Deposit Books in Parliament Library

(Oct. 18, 2011) On October 12, 2011, a draft law aimed at amending the Books and Newspapers Act of 1960 was introduced in the Kenyan Parliament. If enacted, the new legislation would require Kenyan publishers to deposit three copies of all books they publish in the Kenyan Parliament's library. (Alphonce Shiundu, Kenyan Publishers to Submit […]