Leaders cautioned not to betray Kenyans

Friday August 27 2010

JOSEPH KANYI | NATION Mr Simon Wachira of Mt Kenya Tourism Circuit is assisted to climb Mt Kenya, where he placed a copy of the new Constitution on Friday.

JOSEPH KANYI | NATION Mr Simon Wachira of Mt Kenya Tourism Circuit is assisted to climb Mt Kenya, where he placed a copy of the new Constitution on Friday. 

By DAVE OPIYO [email protected]

Kenyans have been asked to remain united as the government embarks on the difficult task of implementing the Constitution.

Several leaders said the excitement and optimism that characterised yesterday’s promulgation of the supreme
law should not be lost.

“The onus is now on our top leaders... do not betray the public this time round,” said Mr Hassan Omar of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.

“This is a memorable turning point in the history of our country. We are excited but we believe that we need to transform this excitement into real action. This should be turned into the benefit of the people of Kenya,” Mr Omar added moments after witnessing the historic event.

Similar remarks were also made by Dr Ekuru Aukot, the director of the Committee of Experts and Archbishop Alain Paul Charles Lebeaupin, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya.

“President Kibaki has set the pace for the implementation of the document,” said Dr Aukot as he praised the principals for ensuring that the new law was adopted overwhelmingly during the August 4 referendum.

Archbishop Lebeaupin urged Kenyans to remain united as they undertook the most difficult part of implementing the new laws.

And speaking separately during the launch of the referendum observation report in Nairobi, the Dutch ambassador to Kenya, Ms Laetitia van den Assum, said the promulgation ceremony marked a great day for Kenyans and put them in the books of history.

She urged other African countries to follow suit.

Ready to support Kenya

The ambassador said that her country was ready to support Kenya in implementing the new set of laws.

Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (Creco) chairman Tom Kagwe praised the Interim Independent Electoral Commission for conducting a successful referendum that saw Kenyans turn out to vote in large numbers.

“This is the beginning of a new dawn for the country. There are those who have started saying that they are the ones who made it happen, but today I prove them wrong — Kenyans spoke.”