02 Dec Linda Katiba
On August 27, 2010, Kenya promulgated a progressive Constitution whose vision is social democracy. It’s a vision of the promotion and protection of the whole gamut of human rights; the equitable distribution of political power and the resources of society; and the creation of a nation out of different ethnic groupings.
The Constitution aims to bring an end to the organisation of politics through division; cement agreement on national values and principles; promote integrity in public and private leadership; and build depersonalised national institutions.
The struggle for a prosperous, democratic and stable Kenya is not over and despite having successfully fought for a new constitution, power is still largely imperial, exercised in a brutal and unaccountable manner by a political elite who have in the last decade taken every step to undermine it.
We have a duty and a responsibility to defend Kenya’s constitution and we must actively resist the schemes by the political class to hijack, mangle and wreck the it, and thus remove the checks that make the exercise of political power onerous. The constitutional product is only as good—and as secure—as the process that creates it.
In this regard, KLM will push for radical implementation of the constitution through aggressive civic education and will support and partner with political actors, movements and organisations who plead fidelity to the constitution as the true, sovereign will of the people.