The Guilt Of Victims

Sunday, October 05, 2014 - 07:31, by Patrick Gathara
Of all the conventions we demand of our courtrooms, few are as important or a well known as the presumption of innocence and the requirement for guilt to be proven beyond all reasonable doubt. For good reason, given the awesome power the state wields and its capacity as well as historical inclination to visit all sorts of horrible consequences on the citizen. However, while necessary in criminal proceedings, they are neither standards of truth nor do we generally employ them in everyday life.

Thus it has been strange, though perhaps not surprising, to hear them being repeatedly cited over… ( Read on! )

Can We Share The Kenyan Space?

Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 08:18, by Patrick Gathara
In the 1970s, Dutch traffic engineer, Hans Monderman, came up with the concept of “shared space” after being asked to reduce the speed of traffic in a village in north Holland. He eliminated all forms of regulation on the street and to his nervous surprise, found that average speeds fell by half. According to this 2006 article by Emma Clarke, John Adams, professor of geography at University College London, whose research laid the foundation for Monderman’s work, argues that when protected from hazards, human beings readjust their risk threshold. ‘You fit a car with better brakes,… ( Read on! )

Despite Its Faults, The ICC Is Still Important

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 18:18, by Patrick Gathara
There is a lot that is wrong with the international justice system. It is not only selective in the cases it chooses to pursue, but many times is weighed down by political as opposed to exclusively legal considerations. In recent times, it has not even proven itself as a particularly effective means of meting out justice even to those it has opted to pursue as evidenced by the International Criminal Court’s woeful conviction record.

Yet for all its faults, it is still important. For many in countries where dominant elites murder and plunder with impunity, it still represents a hope for… ( Read on! )

A Year Later, Confusion Still Reigns Over Westgate

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 15:30, by Patrick Gathara
A year ago, Kenya experienced one of the worst terrorist atrocities on ever perpetrated on her soil. The gunmen who attacked the Westgate mall on that awful Saturday morning may have killed at least 67 people and wounded many more but the real impact of their actions has been in challenging the country’s commitment to protect its people. As the local and international news media gears up to mark the anniversary, indications are that much of the coverage will highlight the horroras well as the undeniable heroism and courage many displayed during the ordeal. That is all good and proper. … ( Read on! )

What Will We Remember About Westgate?

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:33, by Patrick Gathara
On Sunday, Kenyans mark a year since the terrible terrorist attack on the Westgate mall last September. It should be an occasion for reflection about what went on in the mall, of not just remembering the heroes and victims but also taking stock of the lessons that we have learnt from the tragedy. However, if history and current indications are anything to go by, it looks like becoming another exercise in selective remembrance and myth-making.

An editorial in the Standard earlier this week urged us to “salute those who risked life and limb” saying all would-be rescuers who went into the… ( Read on! )

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