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Otiende Amollo

Chairman of the Kenya Chapter

International Commission of Jurists

HQ Phone:  (613) 237-2925


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International Commission of Jurists

865 Carling Avenue Suite 500

Ottawa, Ontario,K1S 5S8


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The International Commission of Jurists, or ICJ was founded in Berlin in 1952. The ICJ has long been hailed as the pre-eminent legal non-governmental organisation in the world, and is amongst the world's leading human rights NGOs generally. ICJ distinguishes i...more

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Masters degree


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But Mr Otiende Amollo, the chairman of the Kenya chapter of the International Commission of Jurists, says Section 14 only protects the President when he is exercising his lawful duties and cannot shield him when he disregards a court order.
"The Constitution also requires the President to abide by the law," he says. "Where he fails to obey a court order or circumvents it, he is defying the Constitution, which he swore to protect." "If we accepted that the President cannot be held liable because of Section 14, it would be an admission that the President is above the law, which is not true," he adds. But Mr Amollo says the argument has been made many times but has not been supported by any court. Anyone who seeks to circumvent a court order is seen to be in contempt, he says. "We must stop looking at issues through a referendum lens," says Mr Amollo, in reference to the ongoing campaigns for and against the proposed Constitution. Mr Amollo cites more recent examples, among them the decision by the Kenya Revenue Authority to introduce electronic tax registers despite a court order and the arrest of Nairobi MPs David Mwenje and Reuben Ndolo in the court precincts even after they were granted bail. "The Olenguruone case seems to be a continuation of the same old script," Mr Amollo says. "When the President falls into that trap, it is not the rightness of the order that is in question," he argues. Says Mr Amollo: "It is highly unlikely that the court would commit the President for contempt. "There is a very real danger of a near-collapse of the ideal of the separation of powers just as there is a collapse of the concept of collective responsibility in the Cabinet," Mr Amollo says.

Kihoro received the award from the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Kenya section chairman, Mr Otiende Amollo, for his human rights and democratisation crusades. [cached]

Otiende Amollo : Board Chair - is a practising Advocate of the High Court, a Notary Public, a Commissioner of Oaths and a Certified Public Secretary.
An ardent Human Rights activist, Otiende is a founder member of the All Africa Human Rights Pressure Group. He has also served as the chair and council member of the International Commission of Jurists and Secretary General of East Africa Law Society. Otiende is one of the nine experts recently appointed to write the constitution of Kenya. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Law and Certificate in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Mr Otiende Amolo will be going for the Rarieda seat.Another professional, Mr Otiende Amolo, after serving as a council member and chairman for eight years of the International Commission of Jurists, as secretary general of the East Africa Law Society and as council member of the LSK, he is also joining politics. He is eyeing the Rarieda seat Mr Raphael Tuju represents."I have realised that while civil society and professional organisations can bring pressure to bear, real and meaningful change is influenced more by politics and politicians.Ultimately, politicians not only direct reform or status quo, they also determine whether a country has good or bad policies; good or bad laws.I want to be an active part of that reform agenda, not a mere commentator," Amolo says.In the House, he would push for law reforms and would also support a clause that allows recall of MPs who fail to perform.With a Masters degree in Law, Amolo believes education and age counts in leadership."Anyone above 18 years and below the stage of senility can lead if they possess the qualities.I believe in the current world of technological advancement and global interaction, a leader must be sufficiently educated even to share and communicate ideas," Amolo says."I believe the greater the number of professionals joining politics the higher the level of political engagement.I believe, ultimately, politics will be seen much less as a dirty game," he adds. [cached]


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