Statement on International Human Rights Day

Statement on International Human Rights Day

Ten years ago, when we promulgated the 2010 Constitution, we were hopeful that we had turned a page from the gross violations of human rights witnessed in colonial and post-colonial Kenya. 

There was euphoria of having the most progressive constitution in the world, with the full integration of the bill of rights and the Universal Declaration of Human rights, as its guiding instrument.

We were hopeful of a new Kenya, where all our civic, political, cultural and socio-economic rights would be respected and enjoyed. That we had signed a strong social contract to build this new Kenya. And that today, on International Human Rights Day, we would be celebrating these achievements.

Instead, the Jubilee administration has waged a war on the 2010 Constitution, the Bill of Rights and human rights defenders throughout the country. 

Human rights are under siege our country.  The rule of law is being undermined. The right to housing is violated routinely, as we have heard today from our compatriots living in Kariobangi. And yet the Jubilee administration lists housing as one of its so-called Big Four Agenda. 

Kongamano La Mageuzi stands in solidarity with all of you here in Kariobangi and all Kenyans who have been rendered homeless by this administration. We honor all human rights defenders risking their lives to protect people in the face of rising repression from the Jubilee administration.

KLM wishes to remind Kenyans that the Jubilee administration has failed to live up to its own promises on even the basic rights. Millions of Kenyans continue to live in poverty with no food, clean water or access to healthcare, in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic.

The assault on the Constitution as exemplified by the so-called Building Bridges Initiative is only one of the latest examples of the callousness of this administration. That in the midst of a global pandemic and an economic crisis, politics is their priority. That as our brothers and sisters are abandoned here without proper housing, their priority is to further violate our human rights through an illegal and illegitimate BBI referendum.

Kongamano La Mageuzi reiterates our commitment to fight for our human rights. To fight for the protection and implementation of our hard-worn 2010 Constitution.  At its First National Kongamano on 12-13 December 2020, KLM will outline a national agenda and programme for political and economic transformation and freedom with and for all Kenyans, with the full protection of all our human rights.

This is the fight for the soul of our country. Now more than ever, we need to come together to defend the Katiba and stand up for human rights — for everyone, everywhere.

10 December 2020

Kariobangi, Nairobi