Tuesday June 2, 2020 – Narc Kenya Party Leader, Martha Karua, has vehemently opposed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s call to change the Constitution.
Speaking during an interview yesterday, the former Justice Minister maintained that she is very skeptical over the reasoning behind changing the 2010 Constitution.
“I am yet to be convinced that the constitution of Kenya 2010 needs any rectification.”
“Our feeling is, the current Constitution has not been properly implemented and there has been reluctance to implement it, what is the need therefore of making constitutional changes and continuing to disobey the law,” she stated.
The former Gichugu MP made it clear that the onus was on the proponents of the constitutional changes to convince Kenyans why the move was necessary.
She questioned the timing of the announcement as well, going on to allude that the entire project was being pushed forward by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) team.
“When the BBI was on, I did not get any convincing reason, and the discussion that went on at the BBI was mainly a conversation by supporters of the President and of the honourable Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
“Contrary views were clearly not welcome so, if now the BBI team proposes constitutional changes, which I do not think are merited, the onus is on them to convince Kenyans why we should consider the changes,” she asserted.
Karua has warned that the Kenyan Constitution will still bar President Uhuru Kenyatta from serving as a powerful Prime Minister, even if it is changed.
During his Madaraka Day address yesterday, President Uhuru invoked the spirit of the late Tom Mboya when he called for constitutional amendments.
“If we have done great things, we must not be afraid to change the system if it does not help us do this.”
“He argued that a Constitution cannot be useful to a country if it is an end to itself.”
“A good Constitution must be responsive to the aspirations of a nation and be a means to a greater end,” he said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST