Constitution of Kenya explained
- Written by Steve Nguru
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Welcome to Ustawi
Ustawi is a website I have dedicated to telling Kenya's governance and political history and events through the eyes of our two constitutional dispensations. I chose the word "ustawi" - Kiswahili for prosperity as captured in our National Anthem, because I am a firm believer in the power of our Constitution and our Vision 2030, the two most important documents Kenyans have gifted themselves to date - customised to lead them to a great future of prosperity, peace, and greatness.
Why the constitution? Because I have found that a people ignorant of not only what their constitution really says, but what promises and guarantees it holds deep within it as well, are often prone to extremities of manipulation, misinformation, and misrepresentation, not only by the political class and the media in particular, but even by the very institutions they have created to protect their rights and interests, namely government (or the executive), parliament, and the judiciary. And that is how my beloved Kenya is perpetually stuck in internal strife.
Thus by weaving its themes around the chapters of our constitutions and anchoring its stories around relevant, applicable articles, Ustawi enables me to describe events correctly, accurately, and truthfully, making the discussions herein both contextual and timeless and therefore useful to young scholars. So that you don't have to read the constitution article by article...
Ustawi is therefore my social responsibility to inform and educate, in order to promote justice and liberty for all. I hope my thoughts here will inspire you to be the change you want to see in our beloved Kenya.
So go on, click on any of the menu (or sub-menus) links at the top of this page to find out what our constitutions say about our institutions, their powers, roles and functions, and structures and composition; get to know why our politics can be better; or about the whole question of public finance or public land, and much much more.
1. The National Anthem of the Republic of Kenya. Statehouse, Nairobi, Kenya.
2. The Constitution of Kenya, 2010. National Council for Law Reporting. The Attorney General.
3. Ngugi, K wa, 2012. "The law should reflect how we want to live." Daily Nation Opinion. Accessed October 10, 2012.
4. Website of the Vision 2030. Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat. Ministry of Devolution and Planning. Accessed 2013.