Dear Honourable/Mheshimiwa Prof./Bishop/Dr./Eng./Mr./Mrs.,
My name is NV and I address this to all 222 of you, noble members of Kenya’s Legislature.
At the referendum ballot, Kenyans spoke unanimously in favour of a new Constitution which was subsequently promulgated by the Head of State. Now we look to you MPs to respect the will of the people and take on your noble job of legislating expeditiously with the best interests of your constituents and the entire nation at heart.
But as we know all too well, parliamentary legislation is often an exercise in contestation. Lies, propaganda and selfish pursuits often come into play. You cannot afford to gerrymander with this monumental task of enacting laws under the new constitution, nor infuse into it diversionary considerations, constructed from political posturing ahead of the 2012 elections.
As a nation, we will be vigilant and ensure that the implementation will follow the timelines laid out in the calendar established in the Fifth Schedule of the constitutional text. In addition to the timetable being respected, we will insist that the content of the legislation you enact must live up to the spirit and letter of the Constitution which inter alia, upholds the essential values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law.
With that said, I would like to make two short points as you embark on your legislative functions at the dawn of Kenya’s new constitutional era.