New constitution will usher change- Nyachae

July 23, 2011 2:03 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23- The new Constitution which Kenyans adopted last year has been billed as one with the capacity to restore good governance and integrity based leadership once it is fully implemented.

The chairman of the Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC), Mr Charles Nyachae said Saturday that the new laws once fully operational will usher in the change that the nation is desperately in need.

“Kenyans aspired and continue to seek a double guarantee that all citizens enjoy the ultimate protection of their rights and that their country is governed in a just, effective, ethical and transparent manner,” Nyache said.

He was speaking at the Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) during the institution’s 11th graduation ceremony where a record 3,217 graduates were awarded with various degrees, diplomas and certificates.

He noted that the new Constitution which his committee is implementing is better than the previous one and indeed ahead of many other nations in that it contained a catalogue of rights and obligations were broader and more complete.

“It is also broad in its endeavour to implant certain principals and mores of good governance as well as protection of minorities and the marginalized,” added the chair stating that the new laws are unequivocal in the quest for transparency and accountability.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Alfred Mutema said KEMU is set to establish a programme for the training of medical doctors at the Meru Campus in September this year.

“Our university will be the first private university in Kenya to start the training of medical doctors at undergraduate level. The Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board have inspected our training facilities. The inspection was satisfactory,” the don expressed.

He disclosed the university has already carried out a feasibility study and is set to open two new campuses outside Kenya, in Juba, South Sudan and Eastern Congo.

“The university also has linkages with universities in USA, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden, Korea and the UK for mutual benefits in students and staff exchange, collaborative research, staff development and transfer of technology,” said the VC.

The university’s chancellor, the Rev Dr Stephen Kanyaru, who is also the Methodist Church in Kenya Presiding Bishop, recalled that the review of the Kenya Constitution took a lot time, resources and human sacrifice.

“Kenyans faced and overcame many challenges before approving the new Constitution last year. The new law addresses issues of good leadership and governance,” said he.

The theme of this year’s graduation was Leadership and Governance in Implementation of the new Constitution of Kenya.


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