Civil society groups, Human rights defenders and locals from Nakuru County on Monday gathered at the Nakuru Players’ theater to mark 8 years since the promulgation of the 2010 constitution under the theme ‘The paradox of public oversight’.
Addressing media on the gains and challenges of the constitution 2010, Paul Masese Kemunche from Centre for enhancing Democracy and good governance-CEDGG said even though we have the biggest aspect of the constitution –devolution, there are still major issues to be tackled among them accountable leadership, public participation citing corruption.
“The history of constitution is riddled with blood, pain and suffering but we had a dream which must be achieved.However, the issue of corruption is still a challenge with this year alone we having lost over a trillion” said Masese.
On whether to amend constitution or not, the human rights defender is of the opinion that yes the constitution needs amendment but he is however quick to point out that this is not the right time to do so.
According to Masese, the biggest challenge facing Kenya is corruption and if the constitution has to be amended then it should be amended in line of addressing such but not just for individual interests.
He adds that apart from corruption there is also the issue of electoral malpractices which all Kenyans must look for ways to come up with a solution to the same.
“My view is this is not the right time to amend the constitution but that does not mean it cannot be amended.
Let Kenyans together determine what should be amended and at what time but if it is the Uhuru, Raila, Ruto affair that is wrong and as Kenyans we have to be very careful” said Masese.
The vocal Nakuru Based activist says the predicaments facing Kenya cannot be blamed on the constitution but rather it is the leaders elected in various positions.
He admits the journey is long in realizing the full implementation of the constitution and this can be fully achieved if Kenyans elect the right people in various political positions, leaders who are corruption free.
Similar sentiments echoed by Nakuru based political activist Mr. Ben Gathogo who says chapter 6 of the constitution must be adhered to.
“The problem is not the constitution but rather the people we elect…If we elect corrupt individuals then we shall continue to complain” they said.
Joseph Omondi from Midrift Human Rights Network calling on Kenyans to ensure they guard the major gains achieved through the constitution.
PHOTO/Standard:Retired President Mwai Kibaki holds forth the Constitution of Kenya during its promulgation in 2010.