kenya crosses an important bridge


prime minister raila odinga

Last week’s peaceful referendum in Kenya without hitches is welcome with open arms across the world.

This success marks a positive step in the consolidation of democracy and rule of law, especially in a country that is moving fast to heal the wounds of the 2007 deadly post-election violences.

African Union hails the peaceful constitutional referendum, calling it a “sign of maturity” that Kenyans can hold free, fair and transparent elections without violence.

Some prophets of doom expected the country to burst into flames again. They were wrong beyond imagination.

Prime minister Raila Odinga’s call for the opponents of the constitution to swallow their differences and unite in the country’s post-referendum era is appropriate and timely.

Yes, the focus should be centred on how all Kenyans can embrace the consitution after it gets parliamentary approval.

The new constitution, which replaces the 1963 constitution, addresses a lot of issues that have heightened tensions in Kenya.

The new constitution might get voters approval, its opponents are still adamant that some of its provisions, in particular, on abortion rights should be ammended. This issue is already inviting fresh debates in Kenya.

I support Mr. Odinga calls for tolerance on the pretext that anything made by man can’t be perfect.

The new constitution supported a presidential system of governance as opposed to a parliamentary trumpeted by Mr. Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement. “We wanted a parliamentary system, but we didn’t get it. It must be a game of give and take,” confessed Odinga.


About musa

I am a Gambian journalist whose mission to use his pen to correct injustice and to tell truth to power was left to bite dust. My newspaper's contents and editorials became "too itchy" that I ended up in Banjul's mosquito-infested cells where I had to cope with three nights of horrendous tortures that left scars all over my body. I was forced to flee into exile with my family, leaving behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators. However, unlike most refugees, my two and half years in Senegal was well spent.

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