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Lake Naivasha

Written on: Tuesday October 30th, 2012

A journal entry from: Clea's Kenya

I got to travel again for work, this time to Lake Naivasha which is about a two-hour drive from Nairobi in the Rift Valley. We left on Sunday and came back Tuesday morning. The two nights cost more than what I pay for an entire month's rent, which should tell you something about the sort of place we stayed in! I actually think it's the fanciest hotel/resort I've ever been to.

 

The purpose of the trip was to work, though. Under Kenya's new Constitution, all judges and magistrates need to be vetted because the public did not trust them at all. This means that they have to appear before a board composed of nine people (or a panel of three of them) where they are interviewed on their past cases and morals. This is to weed out those who are incompetent and/or corrupt. Unsurprisingly, this process isn't super popular with the judges, so the board has come under a fair bit of pressure. The ICJ convened a meeting with them and some other civil society organizations so that both sides can learn what the other is doing. It was very informative.

 

As an incredible bonus, I saw the most amazing things on an evening walk down to the lake. Like the last posting, you're going to have to look at the pictures to see what!

 

From Gail on Oct 31st, 2012

So cool Clea. I am loving your pictures and glad you are getting to see some wildlife

From Sharon Brubacher on Oct 31st, 2012

Wow, I just had a flash e-mail from your parents that connected to your blog and just spent the last while browsing. It looks fantastic: more beautiful than I'd expect in some ways and the food looks wonderful and quite primitive in others. You look like you have a great team and are having a very good time. The job of vetting Judges who have been sitting for years must be a somewhat daunting task. Wow. Congratulations for 'living the dream', Clea! xoxo Sharon B.

From Hasina on Nov 3rd, 2012

No way!!!! A hippo in the wild? Unreal :)

From Lise on Nov 8th, 2012

Clea that looks amazing!! I'm so glad you got to see the hippos. Careful though, they can charge!!

From Marianne C. on Nov 9th, 2012

What fun! How interesting to read about your work, your life in Nairobi and some travels. I visited friends in Kenya over 30 years ago, it was so worth it. Your entries are fascinating. Keep healthy.

From Evgeny on Mar 4th, 2013

Hi Lauren and hello to all her new friends!Can't wait to hear about your home-stay falimy and the work your starting there. The hike, camping, and mini-safaris sound amazing. Hope you're taking lots of pics! Dad and I miss you a lot as do Sarah, Sophie, and Winston, but we know you're having a blast. I look forward to hearing from you soon!All my love, Mom