Kenya’s new constitution passed into law on Friday 27th August, replacing the country’s 1963 constitution. The law will ensure a more balanced and fair presidential system, which will include a devolved government, the enshrining of National Human Rights Commission and the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission in law.
However, Christian Aid and other charities are wary that the new constitution could give rise to fresh political self-interestedness. The charity is especially worried by the allocation of 15 percent of the national budget to 47 counties around the country, saying that it is an area where new abuses may occur.
Christian Aid’s East Africa Country Manager praised the new constitution but warned that it must not be hijacked by the political elite: ‘The constitution enshrines principles and creates institutions that could enhance accountability and bring an end to the pervasive impunity that characterised Kenya’s past political evolution. It is critical that the reforms are not captured by the chameleon political elite.
‘Now civil society must be empowered to take full advantage of the democratisation it promises, enabling citizens to hold those in power to account, while ensuring that policies reflect their needs and interests, and safeguard their rights,’ he adds.
President Mwai Kibaki takes the Oath of Allegiance to the new constitution, in the top picture, before the presence of the Chief Justice, Evans Gicheru during the promulgation of the new constitution at Uhuru Park, Nairobi
And, opposite displays the new Kenyan constitution to the nation after he promulgated and signed it into law at a public function at Uhuru Park, Nairobi