Kenya and its New Constitution

Yesterday was a big day for all Kenyians – a national holiday: their new Constitution became operative. The proposed constitution was presented to the Attorney General of Kenya on April 7, 2010, officially published on May 6, 2010, and was subjected to a referendum on August 4, 2010.[1] The new Constitution was approved by 67% of Kenyan voters.

The key changes proposed by the new constitution released are in the following areas:

  • The Executive – who holds executive authority and the qualifications.
  • The Legislature – the composition, and representation of the people.
  • An introduction of an upper house – the Senate.
    The Judiciary – qualifications to hold office and appointment.
  • Devolution to the regions and counties.
  • Dual citizenship – citizens who acquire foreign citizenship will not lose their Kenyan citizenship.

Mac-Jordan and I interviewed the proud Kenyan Kennedy Kachwanya …

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