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State launches civic education programme on Constitution

Friday March 16 2012

By NATION REPORTER

The government has launched an ambitious countrywide civic education programme on the Constitution.

The Sh1.3 billion programme will be a joint partnership between the government and the civil society.

Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi launched the initiative yesterday, terming it a major milestone in Kenya’s democratic process.

“I appreciate the partnership between the government and the non-state actors in the development of a comprehensive, coherent, integrated and coordinated civic education on the Constitution to all Kenyans,” Mr Mudavadi said at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi.

Mr Gichinga Kibara, the acting Justice ministry permanent secretary, and civil society leader Morris Odhiambo said 73 organisations will participate in the Kenya National Integrated Civic Education Programme (K-NICE).

Mr Mudavadi said the civic education would make Kenyans own the Constitution and remove confusion and misinterpretation.

“The government will spare no effort to ensure every Kenyan is educated on what it means to be a Kenyan and achievements of Constitution,” Mr Mudavadi said.

He said national and county governments would be required to conduct their functions with consultations and cooperation.

Mr Mudavadi also called on Kenyans to only elect leaders who meet the integrity requirements set in the Constitution.

He also called on civil society groups involved in civic education to ensure impartiality and urged them not allow politicians to hijack the process.

The NGOs would further be required to account for money channelled through them.

Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo said the civic education would “empower the citizen to understand and therefore interact with the government in a meaningful manner for the benefit of the country.”

Mr Kilonzo said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission would also conduct its own civic education ahead of next elections.

Mr Kilonzo also lashed at Parliament for going on recess before crucial bills on devolution, finance and land could be debated and passed.

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