Kenyans mark 10 years of 2010 Constitution amid amendment debate

President Uhuru Kenyatta during a virtual meeting of the AU Bureau on Tuesday, July 21, 2020/ PSCU

As the country marks the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Constitution, President Uhuru Kenyatta has restated his stand for its urgent amendment.

The President on Wednesday said the 2010 Constitution had served the country well but needed to be changed to align with new realities.

“We must treat a constitution as a living document that must constantly adjust to our emerging realities.” President Uhuru said.

He went on to state that

“Ten years later, the moment to improve on it is now. And as I said in my Madaraka Day Speech, we must not succumb to the paralysis of constitutional rigidity.”

President Kenyatta emphasised that the 2010 Constitution while progressive in many ways was a ceasefire document following a tense period in the country.

“I want to emphasise that we must not go for the populist path. Let us choose the bold path; that path that will assure Kenyans of sustained peace and security, and shared economic prosperity,” he said.

Rest assured Kenyans had a lot to say. The trending hashtag on Twitter is #Katiba10YearsLater. Here are some Kenyans thoughts on the matter:

@MutahiNgunyi:
Ten years ago, I said that: “…a constitution is only MADE in times of CRISIS. If you make it in the ABSENCE of a CRISIS, it will PRECIPITATE a crisis”. Are we in CRISIS? And the ANSWER is 100% YES. We Never RESOLVED the 2007 CRISIS of ETHNIC MAJORITARIANISM.
@DonaldBKipkorir:
I fully agree with President Uhuru Kenyatta that our 2010 Constitution is a Ceasefire Constitution having been enacted on the embers of 2007 tribal clashes … It was done in a hurry & is a mongrel of US & RSA Constitutions .. We now need BBI Constitution.

@NelsonHavi:

The Constitution is a great inconvenience to the political class. The problem is not the Chair but the person who occupies the Chair. We cannot trust the current political class with the amendment of The Constitution two years to a general election. Implement the Constitution.
@johnnjenga:
Kenya’s constitution has not been implemented fully. The Government of Kenya led by Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta does not respect court orders. Now, illiterate hyenas, crocodiles, vultures and pigs want to change a constitution that they have never read and understood.
@Nick254_:
47 counties, senators, women reps and over 350 mps as well as nominated leaders Are we over represented? Have they brought any change?
@Kenya_Finest_:
Many are yet to fully enjoy the promises of the 2010 Constitution as poverty, tribalism and corruption threaten their socio-economic welfare. The debate on how and who governs us continues to evoke sentiments of marginalisation and victimisation.
@larrykipz:
Devolution is working although its achievements are sometimes overshadowed by other shortcomings and challenges which requires constant learning and improvement. Some areas need reform and concrete action in our constitution.
@Patogula1:
Since it is a good document already, just add some BBI we move on. Inclusivity was left out.
@NyamoitaNyakund:
Nobody Respects the Kenyan constitution like the head of state president Uhuru kenyatta. A lot has been achieved since he came into power in 2013 up to date en we call other public entities to Respect the constitution for better Kenya.
@PeterKariukiKE:

 

We must agree that the COK 2010 has been successful in some matters like devolution but other important issues like inclusivity was not addressed. From the crisis we experienced in 2017, it’s very clear that our country requires a new constitution. The BBI.
@josayamusic:

 

Yes the Constitution is ten years old . However,to many politicians it means nothing,they have been looting and abusing it like we are in the precolonial era. God save us.
@ItsChebetAbdi_:

 

This current Kenyan constitution has been hailed, the world-over, as one of the most progressive in the world.
@Goddieh_njihia:
Call to amend the constitution is a healthy discourse that must be encouraged.Politics should not cast doubt on the process,constitution making is a political process.Focus must be improving and enhancing inclusive governance system.
@KapaiStv:

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