President Kibaki has just finished his live address to the nation live from Nairobi, even as the YES and NO camps prepare their own last minute statements to the media houses. Kibaki's address was short, but put emphasis on the importance of this process.
As a Kenyan who has followed and participated actively in the struggle for reform in this country, I say a big Yes to the proposed constitution, but at the same time say a big NO to any form of threat, violence, bribery or coercion during the referendum period.
Kenya may seem to be divided over the constitutional referendum, but my hunch tells me that by this end of the day tomorrow the IIEC nerve tallying centre at Bomas of Kenya will be pointing to a massive YES win and an apparent endorsement of the draft by the Kenyan voter. The NAYSAYERS have ratcheted up a well-funded, media-savvy campaign to persuade the Kenya voter to reject the proposed constitution, but in reality they have not offered a better alternative. The anti-draft campaigners have dwelled more on half truths and distortions. It was also apparent that the NO campaigners were desperate to use the draft as a 2012 campaign dipstick.
On the contentious issues of LAND, KADHI’s COURTS, ABORTION and GAY MARRIAGES, it was embarrassing at times to watch and listen to NO campaigners propagate falsehoods against the proposed draft. The fact of the matter is, a NO vote is an endorsement of the current constitution, which is a retrogressive and mongrel constitution that was sired by the Kenyatta and Moi autocracies after endless rape of the beloved motherland. These dictators who never won an election in their whole lives, were aided by crafty individuals like Tom Mboya and Charles Njonjo. Nearly 40 years between them, we still see evidence of waste, gluttony and plunder. A whole Kenyan generation has been wasted, thanks to the current constitution. How sad.
The pro-draft campaigners have all along given us facts and it is not surprising the anti-draft campaigners have avoided face to face debates on the issue of this draft. Not that we expected any intelligent argument from people like Daniel Arap Moi (of all people) or Cyrus Jirongo, but as a democrat, I maintain that everyone retains the right to vote the way they wish. One wonders how this man Moi made it to be president for 24 years. I guess the faulty constitution and his dictatorial tendencies aided and sustained his rogue regime.
Kumekucha Blog urges Kenyan voters to make the most of this historic moment by voting YES in the referendum and usher-in the most consultative constitution in the world ever. The YES vote will determine our elevate the quality of Kenya's future governance. The new document will heal and steer the limping Kenyan nation towards constructive change and accountable leadership.
Kumekucha Blog strongly endorses the proposed constitutional draft and has no hesitation in urging the Kenya electorate to judge the draft fairly, consider what is in it for future generations and vote YES.
Voting YES means a stronger, a more united and an equitable Kenyan society. It also means giving oneself powers to change that very constitution without having to wait for four decades.
Katiba Mpya, Kenya Mpya
Comment by Chris…
History beckons, destiny beckons
I am overwhelmed with emotions as I sit down to write this brief passage withion Phil's post.
I can’t help thinking about all those people who never made it to this day. Some of them fought very gallantly for change. Others like that youngster called Brian lost their precious lives after being torn apart by a blast at Uhuru Park whose motives still remain unclear (at least officially).
For many years I have assumed that many of the political reforms I and others have been championing for here in this blog would probably be enjoyed by our children and more likely our grand children. But shockingly in a few hours Kenyans have the chance to change
I don’t remember the last time I was so lost for words. I started out this post wanting to write many words but have ended up with just a few paragraphs.
And so be it.
My appeal to you my fellow Kenyans is just to repeat what I said here earlier. And that is whatever side you choose to vote, vote with your conscience and be prepared to take full responsibility for how you vote. Don't vote and then regret later.
Still I have to agree with Phil that we in Kumekucha are GREEN all the way. My hope and prayer is that Kenyans will rise to the occasion. Let the people decide.