A section of Nakuru County residents have today held a commemoration to mark seven years since the promulgation of the Constitution 2010.
The residents who met at the Nakuru Players’ Theatre discussed the gains that have been achieved under the constitution 2010.
“As per Article 1 of the constitution, citizens hold the ultimate power part of which they donate to the elected leaders,” said Mr. Joseph Omondi an expert in devolution.
Mr. Omondi is also the CEO of Midrift Human Rights Network which undertakes civic education as part of their ongoing activities.
The commemoration off the constitution dubbed #Katiba@7 was organised by the Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) and Midrift Human Rights Network.
A Nakuru based journalist Kioko Wa Kivandi talking about the gains of the constitution focused his discourse on articles 33, 34 and 35 which guarantees wananchi the right of expression and right to information.
Kioko also talked about the benefits of the separation of powers saying this is one of the greatest achievements under this constitution.
“We can recall the era of the previous constitution which was characterized by powerful leaders who could even make roadside declarations,” said Kioko comparing the current constitution to the previous one.
Other gains that participants noted were the entrenchment of the rule of law and the Bill of rights.
“The Bill of rights clearly spells out the social economic rights of every citizen even going into specifics to talk about women, the youth and people living with disabilities,” said a participant.
Another participant, Leonard Githae also of Midrift explained how the current constitution is not only readily and easily accessible but that it is also written in a simple language easily understood by the lay man.
“Unlike the previous constitution whose interpretation was even a challenge to lawyers, the current constitution is understandable to anyone with even a little understanding of the English language,” explained Githae.