The history of constitutional reform in Kenya
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- Constitution Making From The Middle
- By Judith Achieng', IPS, 16 February 1999. A new book
highlights the plight of the Kenyan civil society whose
efforts to bring about constitutional reforms have met with
obstacles from president Daniel rap Moi's ruling Kenya
African National Union (KANU) party.
- Constitutional Crisis Threatens To Tear Kenya
- By Tervil Okoko, PANA, 16 July 2000. Kenya is facing a
constitutional showdown of such a magnitude as the country
has never witnessed before. The current constitution is too
old and has been overtaken by events; it was formulated in
Britain in 1963 and still smacks of colonialism. About three
years ago Kenyans decided to review the constitution. Moi and
his party, sensing heavy losses in the resultant constitution,
scuttled the project and decided that it be done by
- Minister Rejects House Law Team
- The Nation (Nairobi), 13 November 2000. An
Assistant Minister has rejected the Constitution of Kenya
Review Commission, saying it was not representative of all
the country&s ethnic communities. He suggested that the
number of commissioners be raised from 15 to 42 and be drawn
from every community in the country.
- Faction Threatens Parallel Review
- By Chege Wa Gachamba and Maguta Kimemia, The
Nation (Nairobi), 25 March 2001. A break-away faction
of the Ufungamano Initiative threatens to launch a rival
constitutional review process. Opposition leader Mwai Kibaki
told off those criticising the merger between the Ufungamano
and parliamentary initiatives.
- A New Dawn in Limbo?
- The East African (Nairobi), 14 May
2001. Parliament eventually paved the way for two rival
groups to merge, and barring President Moi's veto on the
review bills, Kenya should have a new constitution before
the general election in December next year. A crucial rider
added with parliament's passage of the reform bills was
that the National Assembly's life—or President
Moi's tenure—will not be extended to accommodate
the review process.
- Is Majimbo Federalism? Constitutional Debate
in a Tribal Shark-Tank
- By Peter Kagwanja and Willy Mutunga, The
Nation (Nairobi) 20 May 2001. The majimbo debate is
finally coming home to roost against the backdrop of passage
of the Constitution of Kenya Review (Amendment) Bill that
legalized part of the merger agreements between the
Ufungamano initiative and the [Yash] Ghai Commission. It is
not clear whether Majimboism—a Swahili word which
administrative units or
the same as federalism.