Today, history was made at the Freedom Corner of Uhuru Park as Kenyans gathered to launch the “Kenya Ni Yetu” Campaign. Kenyans gathered in their numbers to strategize and discuss the peaceful revolution that needs to happen in order for the country to experience the change we so deserve. This is the first in what will be a nationwide movement to implement the constitution we fought for that our leaders refuse to implement for us.
What makes this movement so powerful is that it is propelled by the people – each and every one of us – fueled by our concerns and visions, and effected by our hands and voices. “Kenya Ni Yetu” is not a Civil Society Initiative; it’s a unifying vehicle for change. Because when we as individuals, companies, NGO’s, personalities and all set aside our divisions and speak as WE as Kenyans, we have a louder voice and WE will be heard so that WE can make a change.
I’m a skeptic by skeptic’s standards but I believe in the power of the people. I also believe that things go wrong when that power is taken away from the people.
We as Kenyans are the reason there is a new constitution but those in power are the reason it’s not being implemented as it should. If there ever was a time for us to do something and salvage the decades of blood, sweat and tears poured into the change represented by this constitution, the time is now.
For more info on the campaign, read the official statements below. Direct all inquiries to the contact at the end. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →