In Summary
  • Political corruption and disregard of the rule of law remain serious barriers to implementing and enforcing the Constitution.
  • Completive policy-based politics is a good sign of a healthy democracy.

Kenya is in a critical situation of trying to consolidate a fragile transition from decades of authoritarianism, macabre violence and promulgation of a constitutional order that creates devolved governance.

Concrete steps would be necessary to solidly address the deep-seated fragility and long-standing socio-political and economical grievances confronting the country, as well as re-evaluating the roles and functions of nascent constitutional social institutions that form the basis of securing political and social stability.

The 2010 Constitution established an era of democratic, ethical and transparent leadership with an obligation to promote democratic coexistence and societal tolerance of diversity and boost trust in public institutions’ capacity to deliver public good and social repair.

It also addresses itself to past governance malpractices.

GOVERNANCE
However, political corruption and disregard of the rule of law remain serious barriers to implementing and enforcing the Constitution, stalling the realisation of Kenyans’ dreams.

The government and the Opposition must acknowledge that a growing democracy is that which engages in constructive, inclusive dialogue.

Completive policy-based politics is a good sign of a healthy democracy.

It steers the country away from political, economic and social instability towards security, greater prosperity and genuine democratic governance.

COHESION
The future of a democratic, secure Kenya as a strong cohesive country depends on respecting and upholding the Constitution but building national cohesion and functional democratic institutions is a democratic progression requiring restraint, inclusivity and sobriety.

The initial stages of implementing the Constitution and creating a bridge between political actors and communities, a multi-stakeholders’ institutionalised dialogue with a clear roadmap of sustainability, implementation and accountability would see the country address key issues.

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