Friday, 27 March 2015

LET THE CONVERSATION CARRY ON:


The Committee of Experts (CoE) under the stewardship of Nzamba Kitonga gave Kenya a hybrid Constitution tailored towards, among many other things, clip the powers of the President. We do not need an imperial president. Granted!
 
Nzamba Kitonga together with Prof. Christina Murray, Dr. Chaloka Beyani, Prof. Frederick Ssempebwa, Bobby Munga Mkangi, Abdirashid Abdullahi, Otiende Amollo, and Njoki Ndungu, braved many challenges to give us a New Constitution.

Somewhat, we all agree that we cannot have an ideal Constitution. Therefore, like many other constitutions in the world, ours has its limitations. For instance, Section 245 of our Constitution had to be amended to allow the President to appoint the Inspector General of Police. 

On March 26, 2015 while delivering the State of the Nation address in Parliament as envisioned in Article 132 of our Constitution, President Kenyatta II made two unprecedented moves. First, he made a bold move towards the fight against graft and two, issued a National Apology for historical injustices, which (as expected) Koigi wa Wamwere and Mutula Kilonzo Jr. have brushed off.

Sometimes back while addressing the National Assembly, the Chairman of Budget and Appropriations Committee, Rev. Mutava Musyimi reminded us the words of John D. Rockefeller, "I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master."

We need to re-look on some of the contentious articles, expeditiously. Glad the President has initiated the conversation! Let the conversation carry on!


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