‘We must treat a constitution as a living document’ says Uhuru

first_img“But the crafters of this social contract also told us that the new constitution was a ‘work in progress’.  And as such, we were made to adopt it with the promise that in the future, we will make it better.” He added.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesTen years ago, thousands of Kenyans would congregate at the historic Uhuru Park in the country’s capital Nairobi, for the promulgation of the new constitution.The elaborate celebrations heralding a new dawn for a country whose proponents of a new constitutional order had struggled for years to realize.Ten years after its promulgation, calls to have it amended has characterized the political landscape with those in support of the plan saying it was the best bet yet for the rebirth of a country that has faced its fair share of ethnic mistrust.An initiative dubbed the Building Bridges Initiative had gained currency with the coronavirus pandemic appearing to have slowed its match towards a referendum with a team that was meant to present its report by June 30th on statutory or constitutional changes necessary for the implementation of the BBI report forced to postpone its submission to the president.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThe team had been constituted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga following their historic March 2018 handshake and given a nine-point agenda to propose how to address issues of national concern.Speaking earlier, President Kenyatta would give the clearest hint yet that he was prepared to oversee constitutional amendments before his term expires.The president saying that the country must treat a constitution as a living document that must constantly adjust to emerging realities, a departure from the past where constitutions have been designed to dodge confrontation and civil conflict.He was speaking during the Eleventh Presidential address on the #Covid_19 pandemic“Ten years later, the moment to improve on it is – NOW.  And as I said in my Madaraka Day Speech, we must not succumb to the paralysis of constitutional rigidity.  We must treat a constitution as a living document that must constantly adjust to our emerging realities. In the past, all our constitutions have been cease-fire documents.  Agreements created to dodge confrontation and civil conflict. And if you do a textual reading of these constitutions, they represent a constant argument between the past and the present.  That is why they are cease-fire documents, “ said Uhuru.Also Read  President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAThe head of state said that the country must not go for the populist path, but choose the bold path that will ensure sustained peace and security as well as shared economic prosperity.“But ten years after our progressive constitution, the moment calls us to do better. Instead of a cease-fire document that enforces a zero-sum game in which the winner takes it all, the moment calls us to create a constitutional order that will long endure.  And on this, I want to emphasize that we must not go for the populist path.  Let us choose the bold path; that path that will assure Kenyans of sustained peace and security, and shared economic prosperity.” Added the presidentThe president assertion coming amid divergent opinion ahead of the country’s ten years celebrations since it promulgated a new constitution.  The National Council Churches of Kenya Dialogue Reference Group calling on all arms of the government to step up to their responsibilities and adhere to the constitution ups. In what appears to be an endorsement for a proposal to review the constitution, president Uhuru Kenyatta says the supreme law must constantly adjust to the country’s emerging realities.In his eleventh address on the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, President Kenyatta challenged the country to seize the moment and create a constitutional order that will stand the test of time.His calls coming as the country awaits to learn of the finer details of a report by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Steering Committee that is set for submission to the president. “Tomorrow, the 27th of August 2020 marks the tenth year since we promulgated our new constitution. This constitution has been hailed, the world-over, as one of the most progressive in the world. And this is because it is an embodiment of what a social contract between people of different origins and their government, should be. But I must remind us all of one thing: “…If our past is constantly at war with our present, we end up losing our future”.  And the spirit of this constitution was meant to reconcile our past with the present in order to secure our future.” He saidGet breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img

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