Nakuru lobby groups join Kenyans in marking 9 years since promulgation of constitution

Various Lobby groups in Nakuru County on Tuesday joined residents and Kenyans at large in marking 9 years since the promulgation of the 2010 constitution.

The event that took place at the Nakuru Players’ Theatre saw members of the Nakuru civil society call for more efforts towards implementation of the new constitution.

Speaking during the event, Midrift Human Rights Network CEO Mr. Joseph Omondi called for the need to ensure full life to Chapter 6 of the constitution.

He says while the act to operationalize the Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya on Leadership and integrity was watered down, there is need to think of mechanisms of ensuring the same is addressed.

According to Mr.Omondi,the Act on leadership and integrity that was watered down in Naivasha should now be challenged in court as it does not meet the threshold as envisioned by the framers of the constitution.

“The act to operationalize the Chapter 6 was watered down by MPs and I think what we need to do is to challenge the act just the same way Katiba Institute on recall clause” said Omondi.

Similar sentiments echoed by Mr. Cornelius Oduor who is the CEO Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance-CEDGG and Mr.Masese Kemunche-the Program officer at the Centre.

The duo also calling on Kenyans to wake up and ensure the fruits of devolution that have been achieved so far through the Constitution of Kenya 2010 are not lost in vain.

“We need to put life into this constitution” said Masese.

On the ongoing debate of amending the constitution, the lobby groups are calling for the right mechanisms to be followed.

According to Mr. Cornelius Oduor from CEDGG, the Constitution can only be amended through popular or Parliamentary initiative.

He says if Kenyans feel that they want the Constitution amended then they are free to do so but follow the right mechanisms.

“The law is very clear on how the Constitution can be amended and that is what should be followed” said Oduor.

The Constitution was presented to the Attorney General of Kenya on 7 April 2010, officially published on 6 May 2010, and was subjected to a referendum on 4 August 2010.

The new Constitution was approved by 67% of Kenyan voters and promulgated on 27 August 2010.

Former President Mwai Kibaki during the promulgation of the new constitution. [Photo/nation.co.ke]

Pristone Mambili

A freelance Journalist with experience in Radio and online news writing.