Kituo cha Sheria joined the world in commemorating the Katiba Day on 27th August 2014. The event was aimed at celebrating the gains we have after 4 years of promulgating the constitution as well as strengthening the gaps in realization of devolution gains. The event was held at Kangemi on 27th August 2014.
The people of Kenya through a referendum adopted the new Constitutional order promulgated on the 27th August 2010 at Uhuru Park, Nairobi. The supreme law envisaged a new political, cultural and socio-economic era where the aspirations of the Kenyan people for a government that promotes the rule of law, respects human rights, equality and democracy as necessary tools for development.
In exercising this authority, every citizen and every person irrespective of tribe, race, religion, and status has an obligation in respecting the Constitution and actively participating in its implementation and enjoying the gains.
The question we grapple with is, if this has been the case and if not, how we can strengthen the grey areas as community and civil society actively engaged in the process of implementing the constitution and enjoying the gains.
The guests who included Kituo cha Sheria Executive Director, Gertrude Angote, Mercy Wambua from Law Society of Kenya, area chiefs and assistant county commissioner, acknowledged the fact that the period has not been all rosy. There has been ups and downs and there was need to sit together as Kenyans and see where we have failed and seek the necessary remedies.
Were keen to address the gains and the challenges we have faced in the period through which we have promulgated the constitution. There has been various emerging issues and concerns especially on the pending legislation on land and evictions and resettlements bills before the parliament.
For the four year’s period, the public have become more aware of their duties something that has increased interaction between policy makers and the public. The public have been equipped with knowledge on their participatory roles as well as oversight not only at the county level but also nationally.