NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 12 – Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa has emphasised the need for all Kenyans to uphold the spirit of the Constitution by being tolerant of each other.
Speaking during the launch of a website www.knice.go.ke seeking to enhance civic education on the supreme law on Wednesday, Wamalwa said tribalism may undermine the gains made by the Constitution.
He said that Kenyans should learn from countries like Rwanda which has previously suffered as a result of intolerance.
“Though we have new laws, a new Constitution, (and) new institutions if we continue with what has divided us along ethnic and religious lines, we might not really realise the dreams,” he stated.
“In Rwanda, because of their painful past, they have learned their lesson and they are making progress. They are far ahead of us in many ways.”
Wamalwa further urged the communities in the Tana River Delta to co-exist peacefully and let go of tendencies of violence.
“We are beginning to see those who have lived together for many years in the Tana Delta beginning to look at each other as the Pokomo and the Orma. We are proud of our diversity but if we do not practice it, if we do not believe it as Kenyans, then nothing much will change though we have this beautiful document with us,” he pointed out.
The website was developed by the Justice Ministry in collaboration with non-State actors under what has been dubbed the Kenyan National Integrated Civic Education (K-NICE) Programme.
The programme is being managed by the joint steering committee representing government ministries, departments, agencies and non-State actors.
Implementation of Phase one of K-NICE activities took place between the months January to June 2012.
These were public officers training forums on the Constitution, media civic education campaign, non-State actors implementation of K-NICE curriculum across the country and material development.
Phase two of K-NICE is expected to continue with the above activities along with the dissemination of training materials around the country.
The website is envisioned to be an interactive platform targeting all Kenyans.
The website will also provide and allow the users an opportunity to ask questions on the Constitution directly to K-NICE secretariat members.