The triumphalist arrogance and righteousness of the presumed “Yes” camp is misplaced. It is most irritating for anybody to think that by merely chanting “Yes” they become more patriotic than those opposed to the Proposed Constitution of Kenya (PCK).
Okiya Omtatah Okoiti
As we embark on what hopefully is the last phase of the new constitution-making process, we must make a conscious decision to be driven by democratic ideals if we want to succeed.
I was elated when the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), on constitution review meeting in Naivasha settled for the pure presidential system, which separates and diffuses power across strong institutions and between politicians and professionals in a nationally stabilising way.
Broadly, experts advise that a constitution is best read and understood in three broad parts. The first part is the nature of the State, or the values and aspirations of the people upon which the state is founded.
The failure of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and, before it, the Kyoto Protocol, to decisively deal with human activities that are threatening planet earth makes it clear that it will take much more than stoking our fears of the consequences of climate change to get the desired results.
Shortly after 21 others and I were arrested on December 24, 2009, Mr. Anthony Kibuchi, the burly new Nairobi Provincial Police Officer (PPO), swaggered into our cell at Central Police Station in the company of Mr. Richard Mugwai, the Central OCPD.
As more than 10 million destitute Kenyans struggle to stay alive, fighting off starvation because of a recent severe drought caused largely by the massive destruction of forests across our country, it is unfathomable that anybody should be talking of any kind of payout to reward the very thugs responsible for the destruction of one of our main water towers, the Mau Forest.
An issue that is of utmost importance but one that has received scant or no attention from media commentaries on the Harmonised Draft Constitution is that of our astronomically high public debts, which to service annually gobble up an average of 25 percent of the national budget.
Criticisms of the excessive concentration of power in the Kenyan Executive helped to place constitutional and institutional reforms on the national agenda.
Far from being a soothing statement, it was like adding salt to our festering wound to waste our very limited taxes on paid up Press advertorials in which, referring to himself largely in the third person, Attorney General Sitswila Amos Wako defended his tenure by projecting himself as a reformer, and imputed malice on the part of the US Government for revoking his visa.
The whole concept of promoting today’s sexual revolution – the idea of sex without consequences (condoms) and “alternative lifestyles” like homosexuality and lesbianism should not define our whole concept of “sex education.”
I am not excited by news that the Independent Criminal Court’s Prosecutor Moren- Ocampo is finally set to jet into Nairobi to start his work of holding the sponsors of the 2007/2008 post-election violence criminally liable for their heinous crimes.