Thursday, August 5, 2010

Historic journey that started 20 years ago comes to a happy end

The tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday hosted local and international guests as referendum results were relayed across the nation. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI

The tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday hosted local and international guests as referendum results were relayed across the nation. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI 

“The historic journey that we began over 20 years ago is now coming to a happy end. I assure our brothers and sisters who voted against the proposed constitution that their voices have been heard. Let us all join hands together as we begin the process of national renewal under the new constitution.”

President Kibaki

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“If there is anyone out there who still doubts whether the dreams of the founders of our nation are still with us, who still questions our people’s thirst for a better country and democracy, who still questions whether Kenyans really want a break with the past, today we have the answer.”

Prime Minister Raila Odinga

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“The (vote for) Yes was an idea whose time has come. To use another over-used phrase, the Yes was on the right side of history. The issues identified as contentious by the Committee of Experts and which by and large had derailed the 2005 process were resolved there.”

Mohamed Abdikadir, chairman of PSC on Constitutional Review

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“This is a great day, a defining moment in which the minority had their say but now the majority have had their way. I urge Kenyans, regardless of the way they voted, to embrace the new constitution, which will open up the democratic space and define the relationship with voters.”

Martha Karua, Narc Kenya chairperson and Gichugu MP

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“Let bodies like the Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission advise the country  on the new boundaries so that Parliament can settle issues of County government and Councils. Kenyans are looking forward to having a feel of the new constitution.” 

Otieno Kajwang’, Immigration minister

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“I am very happy to be alive and see this moment of history-making and be part of it. It is momentous to see the country endorse the new law and it is upon Kenyans to ensure that peace that has existed for long continues to prevail.”

Dr Julia Ojiambo, former MP and first woman assistant minister

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“It is clear Kenyans have spoken and the relief is evident. They have asserted their inalienable right to determine the form of governance for the country. It is a critical time for leaders to call the people to unity so that nobody feels left out in the process of creating a new nation.”

Mutava Musyimi, Gachoka MP

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“I’m so pleased that the people of Kenya saw the need to have the much-awaited change, which provides good environment for us to invest in projects that will make our Vision 2030 a reality.”

Planning and National Development minister and MP for Butere Wycliffe Oparanya

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“Kenyans have spoken and we respect the decision. All Kenyans are winners. We want to be part of the process of moving Kenya into the future. The majority had their way, we had our say.”

William Ruto, Higher Education minister and MP for Eldoret North

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“I still maintain my stand and reasons, which informed my rejection of the document in the first place. The fact that Rift Valley voted overwhelmingly against the draft is a strong statement that should not be ignored. This province is not as homogenous as others.”

Former President Moi