“As a country, we have come of age. We deserve to enjoy the national euphoria occasioned by the historic August 4 Referendum.
When the results were announced by the Interim Independent Electoral Commission, the victory became common property of all Kenyans. The “Yes” and “No” divide ceased. Last Friday each Kenyan stood tall and was proud of our country’s monumental achievement.
We earnestly embarked on our journey to constitutional rebirth in 1989 on the heels of the General Election of the previous year. Twenty one years later today, we shall, together as one people, have enacted our own home grown Constitution. After the twists and turns of two decades, we shall have overhauled our constitutional structure in peace time. By African and even world standards, this is a feat.” President Mwai Kibaki.
The proposed new constitution will be promulgated on Friday 27 August, 2010 at the historical Uhuru Park grounds in Nairobi, Kenya. Dignitaries expected at the event include heads of state from Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, Comoros and Southern Sudan. Also expected is the panel of eminent African personalities led by the chair Koffi Annan have also confirmed attendance.
For those who do not know, promulgation is the act of formally proclaiming or declaring a new statutory or administrative law as in effect after it receives final approval. After a new law is approved, it is announced to the public through the publication of the text of the law in a government periodical and/or on their official websites. In this case the Kenyan constitution.
August 27th is officially a public holiday in Kenya.
Thursday August 26, 2010
Kenyans in Manitoba recently had a barbecue in honor of the Kenyan soccer team that really put up a fight at the African Cup league. The barbecue was well organised and attended by most members. We would like to thank all of you for availing yourselves and your families, and for making this day one to remember. There was music brought to us by our Kenyan born Winnipeg Djs Dennis and Owen. Famous playwright Shakespeare once said, “If music be the food of love; play on.” and what more to unite us in love than food and music? There was time for introduction as we all realized that the group had grown and people did not know each other. The day also featured a classic soccer game between the youth and wazee that saw the “wazees” exhibit their dribbling skills on the pitch to the max. All in all we had fun to the max and we thank everyone
Those of you who did not make it still have a chance to come for the second one this coming Saturday. This time it will be a pot luck BBQ as we intend to raise funds for the late Mr. Thomas Kinyanjui who passed away at the Health Science Center, Winnipeg, MB. See you there.
The Republic of Kenya is an East Africa country. It is a beautiful country divided into four quarters by the Equator East to West and the famed Rift Valley from North to South.
It is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the East, Ethiopia to the North, Somalia to the Northeast, Tanzania to the South, Uganda as well as Lake Victoria to the West and Sudan to the Northwest
Kenya is endowed with plentiful wildlife reserves, keeping thousands of varieties of animal species. The capital city is Nairobi.
Kenya’s population of just about 39 million is diverse, with more than 40 different ethnic groups. The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and second highest mountain in Africa, and the only place to the Equator with snow at its peak.
Photo courtesy of Mutua Matheka.