Your Thoughts on Kenya's new Constitution

Hi all,

I wish to say how impressed and glad that the Kenyan referrendum was conducted in such a peaceful manner. It shows how much Kenyans have matured in understanding democracy and their rights.

So many came out old and young to vote for the new constitution in Kenya.

Personally I was supporting the YES vote as its about time that we bring in some new changes to our country.

Example of Constitutions that impressed me were:

  • To catch up with the modern way of living especially where womens rights are concerned i.e inheritance rights etc. and also insisting that all key governance bodies are at least one third women.
  • To encourage the diaspora to invest back home with equal rights and travel freely due to the passing of Dual citizenship.
  • To stop any land conflicts that tend to arise during election time, with only a few individuals owning large tracts of land.
  • To reduce the power of the President so that they can be voted out if not delivering.
  • Prohibit all forms of discrimination including violence against women and any customary law that perpetuates such acts i.e circumcision.

But of course there were those that I did not agree with, the issue on abortion is still very unclear but I understand that this will only be considered if the mother is in danger.

but such is Politics.. you cannot expect %100

I would like to hear the views of other women on the website who were following the referrendum election..

Were you For it or Against it?

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Comment by A.W.E on August 28, 2010 at 17:38


Enjoy the video. I got goose pimples when i saw this video. I hope it make you proud of where you were born.
Comment by Wambui Njau on August 27, 2010 at 10:16
CELEBRATIONS IN LONDON

HOSTED BY KENYA HIGH COMMISSION LONDON

THE PROMULGATION OF KENYAN’S NEW CONSTITUTION

CEREMONY ON FRIDAY 27TH AUGUST 2010 - 3-7 P.M.

FREE food and drinks including the popular Kenyan beer, Tusker

with High Commissioner's speech before crowning it all with a dance - Kenyan music.

ALL ARE INVITED

VENUE:

Holiday Inn London - Regent's Park

Carburton Street, London, W1W 5EE, United Kingdom
Phone: + 44 8719429111 Fax: + 44 (0) 207 387 2806
Comment by A.W.E on August 27, 2010 at 10:07
Today in Kenya is an official holiday celebrating the new constitution.

What your thoughts on this?
Comment by Wambui Njau on August 16, 2010 at 11:09
Hi ladies hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Just to say what a positive outcome that the new referrendum has brought, thank you for joining the blog to discuss this very important political issue in Kenya.
I agree with Wangui Nyanga..change does not come easily, there has to be commitment. This I would say is already happening as witnessed by the sheer number of voters for the YES campaign. Cee, I was just excited about the womens rights especially where childrens citizenship is concerned from the mothers side. Thank you for the info and do add it on the Germany Group. Lets stay positive and watch the space! Kenya is officially a democratic country as it should be! Lets continue praying for the constitution to be officiated in a peaceful manner.
Comment by A.W.E on August 15, 2010 at 17:34
Hi Cee thanks for the information. Please add it on the African Women in Germany Group.
The case that happened in 2008 was realy shocking I can Imagine how many Kenyan women married to German men have lost their kids when they went back in Kenya. This is good news for Women indeed.
Comment by Mkenya Ujerumani on August 15, 2010 at 13:35
The one thing stated in the new constitution that many kenyan women forget or are not aware of, is citizenship of their children born outside kenya with a non kenyan father. I'm happy the new constitution allows children born by a kenyan woman to gain kenyan citizenship. For example in Germany, a kenyan woman cannot apply for a kenyan passport for their child i... ( Those that don't understand german, it's a Kenyan who gave birth, she wanted to go back to Kenya because german visa was about to run out but the kenyan embassy would not issue the child a kenyan passport, because accodring to our old constitution children are only kenyan if they're born in Kenya or their FATHER is kenyan, which none was the case here)
Comment by Mary Njoki on August 14, 2010 at 12:23
But when its made à law, it would easily be implemented during the various adjustments that need and will take place.And i believe if we all join for these common Goal , to take us forward,we can do wonders.Let's remember that , these country Kenya will be our resting place in retirement and as the saying goes,as you make your bed,so shall you lie on it.when we get our dual citizenships we shall have more voice..Let's stay committed in words and deeds and we invest home.
Comment by WANGUI NYAGA on August 14, 2010 at 11:42
The easy part is over now and The hard part begins. We pray that all Kenyans remain committed to a common purpose. Change does not come easily.
Comment by A.W.E on August 14, 2010 at 0:01
Comment by Mary Njoki on August 13, 2010 at 19:39
I will soon find out about when i go to kenya soon

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