It’s all systems go and everything is set for Friday August 27 …The day when the new Constitution, that not only reflects our values but also has the capacity to accommodate emerging global demands and trends essential for survival in a global village, comes into effect.
This day will go down in history as the day Kenya achieved its 2nd independence. It is the beginning of a new dawn, a new era, a new Kenya. This means that the mandate the State has been given to take specific measures to ensure that our young people access education, training, employment starts now.
The last time something of this nature happened was in 1963 during the third Lancaster House Conference which finalised constitutional arrangements for Kenya’s independence. For 47 years Kenya has been governed by this same Constitution with several amendments being made. -. Sadly for these many years, Kenyans were subjected to a Constitution that they did not even vote for.
Nonetheless, this will come to an end in less than 24 hours. The new Constitution that was voted in by majority of Kenyans will be ratified.
As I sit in my office I cannot help but wonder what this day means to Wanjiku…and this takes me to look at some of the benefits of the new Constitution.
It will require all Kenyans to pay taxes including our MPs who previously were exempted. You must agree that this goes hand in hand with the section in the Bill of Rights that states every person is equal before law.
The government will be able to allocate these extra funds to improve and sustain the quality of health care services and education within the country. Wanjiku and her children will be able to access these services at ease, thus improving their livelihood.
On the other hand MPs will be given a chance to focus on the development of their constituencies rather than being overburdened with too many responsibilities including that of heading a Ministry. This gives Kenyans a chance to monitor the work done by MPs and recall them if they do not perform.
Furthermore, with the creation of county governments that will ensure equitable distribution of resources, I can foresee Kenya’s economic growth rate rising to a minimum of seven percent like in 2008. I see this as one of the channels to the re-birth of Kenya’s economy since more attention will be shifted to developing constituencies.
We cannot forget to mention what’s in store for the youth of this country in the new Constitution. It now mandates the State to take specific measures to ensure that our young people access to education, training, employment and generally be able to contribute productively in the political, social and economic spheres of our society.
This will certainly reduce the rate of unemployment and will empower the youth to grab hold of these opportunities and sustain their livelihoods.
With all this in mind, I am sure we now understand why Friday will not just be like any other national holiday…we need to witness the re-birth of a new nation; A new Kenya!
The detailed preparations that include closure of major roads, tight security not forgetting the funds utilised, will evidently tell you who we expect to join our President and Prime Minister at Uhuru Park in ushering this historic event.
Consider it your national duty and come out and witness this big day. I hope to see you all there!
Let us all go out and show the love that we have for this country by taking part to witness the coming into effect of this new law.