11 October 2018

Kenya: Activists Launch Campaign to Fight Impunity in Kenya

Dozens of activists gathered in Nairobi Thursday said the clamour for constitutional changes by the ruling class could be detrimental if Kenyans allow leaders' interests to prevail.

While launching a campaign dubbed 'Kenya Tuitakayo' (The Kenya we want), the activists called upon Kenyans to rise and fight against impunity as well as claim political and economic freedom.

"The talk on the change of the constitution is one that may take us back from where we came from," said Njeri Kabeberi, Greenpeace Africa executive director on Thursday during the launch of 'Kenya Tuitakayo' movement in Nairobi.

George Kegoro, the executive director of Kenya Human Rights Commission said if there must a change of the Constitution, it must be consultative.

"We do not oppose a referendum, we support a consultative and involved process of identifying the problems that we face as well as the solutions.

"A referendum is a tool, it is not a solution. Solutions cannot be found unless the problems are identified and agreed on," he said.

In his remarks, Inuka Kenya CEO John Githongo said the Constitution is, "is a tool Kenyans use to control the elite."

Mr Githongo said "the struggle against impunity" is the most urgent for Kenyans.

"We have two types of impunity that are worrying, economic impunity and political impunity. There is mismanagement of national resources as politicians seek to advance themselves politically," he said.

The 'Kenya Tuitakayo' movement aims at provoking Kenyans to take back leadership and resources, according to its founders.

"There are no messiahs in Kenya, we are our own messiahs," said Mr Kegoro.

Some of the agendas which the movements aim revolve around national resources, inclusivity and youth.

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