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President Kenyatta faces criticism for constitution amendment calls

President Uhuru Kenyatta has faced criticism for his call on constitution amendment.

In his eleventh speech to the country about COVID-19, the President couldn’t help but veer off to BBI.

The President said that amending the document was necessary so as the country to move forward.

However, lawyers Nelson Havi, Ekuro Aukot and Amnesty International Kenya Chair, Renee Ngamau, all disagree with the President.

In a sit-down with Citizen TV, all three were against the amendment of the constitution, bearing in mind that the Jubilee administration has not implemented large parts of it.

Constitution not a draft

Renee Ngamau stated that the claims by the President that the law document was a work in progress suggest that the constitution was remains in draft format, which is not the case.

She suggested that the calls for amending the constitution was so that the power-bearers would consolidate power.

Non-implementation and amending it a worrying sign

Nelson Havi, the LSK President, said that it was disingenious for the President to call for constitutional amendments when he hadn’t implemented large parts of it.

“We cannot say there is a deficiency in the constitution yet a substancial part of it has not been implemented.” Havi said.

Havi also criticised the clamor for BBI, which President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga are pushing fervently. He said that a President with only two years left in office calling for amending the document should worry Kenyans.

Ekuro Aukot also brought focus to Jubilee’s disregard for the constitution. He brought focus to the President’s disregard for the constitution by appointing politicians to the cabinet.

Kenya will celebrate ten years under the new constitutional dispensation tomorrow. Many of the years having come under the Jubilee administration. The full potential of the constitution, thus, remains a mystery to Kenyans.

Only 23 per cent of Kenyans expressed satisfaction with implementation of the constitution. 45 per cent were unhappy, according to Amnesty International.

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