Kenya President assures on constitution

May 17, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – President Mwai Kibaki has assured Kenyans of the Government’s commitment to deliver a new constitution within the shortest time possible.

President Kibaki, at the same time, appealed to Kenyans to work together towards realising the new constitution, among other national priorities.

The Head of State was speaking on Sunday at the Holy Family Minor Basilica Catholic Church, where he joined the faithful attending Sunday mass.

He spoke even as the body charged writing the new laws for the country said Kenyans have until Wednesday to submit their views on contentious issues in the constitution to experts.

The Committee of Experts has extended the submission time because of the overwhelming response received from Kenyans.

Committee Member Ekuru Akurot told Capital News that the deadline to submit concerns on the constitution making process was Friday but now the panel will take in submissions until the 20th of this month.

The five-day extension allows ordinary Kenyans to submit their memoranda on the review process to the panel at their Delta House offices or via email.

On Saturday, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Prime Minister Raila Odinga both said the government was committed to giving Kenyans a new constitution.

The VP noted that the new constitution would guarantee equitable distribution of national resources and help alleviate poverty.

Mr Odinga said that he supported efforts spearheaded by the newly appointed Minister for Constitutional Affairs Mutula Kilonzo in ensuring that the document was ready by June next year.

Noting that constitution making transcended party boundaries, the Prime Minister asked Kenyans from across the political divide not to place obstacles in the path of constitution making.

He particularly appealed to the civil society to ensure that their contributions enhanced rather than frustrated the process.


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