Results continue to trickle in from all over the country but all indications are that the Ayes have it and they have it emphatically.
Some initial observations;
The desperate people who spread lies and used every trick in the book to deny long suffering Kenyans the best thing that has ever happened to them, are still very much around and scheming. And so passing of a new constitution is not the end. Rather it is the beginning of the long road to the Promised Land. In my book Kenya has NOT given birth to a new constitution, Rather Kenya is pregnant with it. With modern technology we already know exactly what the new baby is going to look like. But what is going to follow are a lot of discomfort. Morning sickness and so on. And then finally there will be the terrible pain of giving birth. And so while celebrating Kenyans should brace themselves for what is to come before we can see and actually hold the new-born. However the really good news is that this woman called Kenya who has been barren for decades is finally pregnant and that is great news!!
Kalonzo Musyoka’s political career is in serious trouble (did he not vow to resign as Vice president if his people did not vote for the new constitution?). If you doubt what I say, ask yourself a simple question; what will Kalonzo Musyoka bring to the table as his bargaining chip? Because if he promises anybody that he is able to deliver Ukambani then chances are that he will be laughed off the room. In my view although William Ruto is in a better position, he will still have similar problems because there was a spirited YES challenge in his own turf and that is despite the best efforts of both retired President Moi and himself.
Of great importance and what nobody is talking about is the fact that the new constitution gives the ordinary Kenyan mwananchi enormous powers that they have never had. This power comes with lots of responsibility and for the whole thing to have the desired effect Kenyans will need to be made to sober up and realize the implications of this added responsibility.
Provisional results as at 7:39 am Kenyan time;
2,066,722 33% NO
4,164,679 67% YES
YES 5,234,547 (69.3%)
NO: 2,322,169 (30.7%)
Official confirmed results (207 constituencies) in announcing the winner from IIEC (20:40 Kenyan time)
YES 5,954,767 (67.25%)
NO 2,687,183 (30.35%)
Constitution has been approved by more than 50% and has received over 25% of the vote in all the provinces of the country.