Kenya Celebrates New Constitution

After a twenty year wait, Kenya finally celebrates their new US-style constitution. The Telegraph reports:

The new US-style laws include a Bill of Rights and reforms to policies designed to address long-held grievances over land stolen by corrupt politicians.

Some 49 bills now have to pass through parliament to bring into effect some of the key parts of the constitution.

Demands for the constitution stretch back to the end of one-party rule by former president Daniel Arap Moi at the beginning of the 1990s.

Two-thirds of Kenyans voted to approve the new document in a referendum held earlier this month.

It was a key plank of the peace deal brokered by Kofi Annan to end the country’s post-election violence in 2008.

“I was just a small girl when we first started talking of this new constitution,” said Jane Karanja, one of thousands who gathered waving Kenya’s black, red and green flag at a Nairobi park for the ceremony.

“I never thought it would come. Everyone you see here is very happy, it is a new dawn for Kenya.”

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  • Your Mom

    After the British departed, Kenya was ruled by socialists for 40 years.

    And only after ridding themselves of socialism do the Kenyans have a constitution.

    • Your Mom

      And Kenya's socialist “president” Daniel arap Moi stood for election unopposed for most of his reign.

  • 5by5

    Socialism isn’t the problem there. IMF/World Bank debt is the problem. As it is with most Third World countries.

    I’m just happy that the election violence is over. A lot of people were unnecessarily displaced or worse by that stupidity.

  • 5by5

    Socialism isn't the problem there. IMF/World Bank debt is the problem. As it is with most Third World countries.

    I'm just happy that the election violence is over. A lot of people were unnecessarily displaced or worse by that stupidity.

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