Kenya’s second republic
“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.