A New Kenya


It’s redundant to reiterate just how important today is in the history of this nation. Even more redundant to point out the implications this will have for the future.

But it’s hard not to be slightly, if not totally, awed at being alive at such a great time as our great country finally signs into law our constitution – not some reject adoption from exiled colonialists. Our very own baby gets baptized today.

How cool is that?

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6 thoughts on “A New Kenya

  1. I am not optimistic about the new constitution. We may sing about the changes it brings and how it will benefit us but will that be in theory only or also practically? Will I be protected from the thugs that are Mungiki? Will the police stop harrassing me every time unless I pay a bribe? Will the council askari stop harassing me in my business? Will the government get the father of my children to pay child maintenance?

    If the answers to that is yes, then I will be happy. However if there is no way that I, an ordinary mwananchi is going to see radical changes in my life, then constitution or no constitution, I am not bothered.

  2. It’s good to be all optimistic and I’ve been liking the positive vibes coming from all over, but let’s not forget nothing has changed. New forest, same old monkeys who invite a criminal wanted by the ICC to a state ceremony.

    That said, people have worked really hard for this Katiba, good thing it’s out of the national to do list.

    Yay! A new Kenya!

  3. @Kelly and Wanjiku – all too true. Across the border in the mid-90s, Uganda adopted a new constitution. Fast-forward less than a generation after, and the constitution was changed to suit the personal interests of those that would gain from unlimited runs at the presidency. Till the constitution is respected by every citizen, any new adoptions dont really matter

    • Agreed. Same thing with South Africa’s in the mid-90s. But the thing is, it’s slightly bigger than just the document and its implementation. The fact that we are no longer operating off inherited colonial doctrine and are now, the symbolism that that bears will outlive any of the words, clauses, or laws in the constitution. Those can be amended; this can’t.

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