Countering William Ruto’s Ignorant Lies (no. 1): William Ruto, Your Bigoted Stripes Are Showing, and You Are Now Taking Our Intelligence for Granted. Shame on You

Countering William Ruto’s Ignorant Lies (No. 1): William Ruto, your bigoted stripes are showing, and you are now taking our intelligence for granted. Shame on You!

Sex Means Gender – Look it Up in a Dictionary

The Referendum Campaign is degenerating into a farce and somewhat to blame is the Kenyan Mass Media which is unfortunately force feeding us with daily television clips of politicians saying bizarre things and obvious lies about the Proposed Constitution. Surely the time has come for the Mass Media to allow rebuttal of everything being said by the desperate ‘No’ proponents before broadcasting their misleading versions of what the Proposed Constitution means to Kenyans and their future. Ditto the ‘Yes’ political gang which is unscrupulously going about promising heaven on earth the day after August 4, 2010. Balance is a key ethical demand of journalism, or is it not?

Recently, the ‘No’ political gang has become preoccupied with Sex. This word that only appears in the Proposed Constitution of Kenya three times, is now one of the linchpins in William Ruto’s campaign against the Proposed Constitution. Mr. Ruto has now taken to the ‘Big Lie’ technique by which a lie repeated frequently enough will eventually be taken to be the factual truth – and unquestioningly so.

Today, from within the precincts of Parliament William Ruto, in the company of several MPs, held a press conference at which he claimed that section 27(4) of the Proposed Constitution will legalise same sex marriage. He also dared anyone to rebut his interpretation – and so we at Mars Group, totally fed up with William Ruto, now meet his challenge.

William Ruto is spewing bunk and we’d like to call him out of order.

The Proposed Constitution in section 45 (2) is clear as to what marriages are to be legal in Kenya should it be passed at the Referendum of August 4, 2010. In sum, section 45(2) of the Proposed Constitution of Kenya clearly states that “Every adult has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex, based on the free consent of the parties.”

Either because of desperation, or for lack of education, Mr. Ruto understands, or believes that the word ‘sex’ in section 27 means something other than ‘gender’ in constitutional terms. His inferences on same-sex-marriage and otherwise are ignorant and unbefitting of a three-term legislator especially now that he is on a whirlwind tour of the country advising people on the content of the Proposed Constitution. In fact section 27 of the Proposed Constitution of Kenya declares the right to equality between the two sexes (Female and Male) and the prohibition of any State and Private discrimination against any Kenyan merely on account of their gender (i.e. sex).

Section 27 (4) reads as follows:
PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF KENYA
Equality and freedom from discrimination
27. (1) Every person is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law.
(2) Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and fundamental freedoms.
(3) Women and men have the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres.
(4) The State shall not discriminate directly or indirectly against any person on any ground, including race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, health status, ethnic or social origin, colour, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dress, language or birth.
(5) A person shall not discriminate directly or indirectly against another person on any of the grounds specified or contemplated in clause (4).

The only other clause in the Proposed Constitution of Kenya which contains the word ‘sex’ is section 53 which makes plain that in the event that a child is to be detained that detention conditions shall take account of both the age and the gender of the concerned minor. To advance this argument we would advise William Ruto and his cohort to look at the Current Constitution of Kenya, and if they did they would surely see (unless they choose to be blind) that Chapter V our Bill of Rights, currently contains two clauses in which the word ‘sex’ appears; AND clearly when the word appears it means ‘gender’ (read section 70 – ‘Fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual’ & section 82(3) – ‘Protection from discrimination on the grounds of race, etc’). The word ‘sex’ appears nowhere else in the Current Constitution of Kenya, and obviously it’s context and meaning are clear. Since 1963 how many same-sex marriages have been conducted on the basis of these two clauses of our Current Constitution, Mr. Ruto?

We pray that Kenyans won’t be fooled by the likes of Mr. Ruto; and that they will read the Proposed Constitution for themselves. Compare the Proposed Constitution with that which has prevailed in Kenya and permitted dictatorship and gross human rights violations, and make your own individual choices. For our part we would say to Mr. William Ruto, using his own well-worn catch-phrase, ‘Give Us a Break’! William Ruto, your bigoted stripes are showing, and you are now taking our intelligence for granted. Shame on You, Kiema Kilonzo, Canon Karanja et al.

Lies run sprints but the Truth runs marathons.

Mars Group Kenya


RELEVANT CLAUSES REFERRED TO:

PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF KENYA

Family
Section 45.

(1) The family is the natural and fundamental unit of society and the necessary basis of social order, and shall enjoy the recognition and protection of the State.
(2) Every adult has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex, based on the free consent of the parties.
(3) Parties to a marriage are entitled to equal rights at the time of the marriage, during the marriage and at the dissolution of the marriage.
(4) Parliament shall enact legislation that recognises—
(a) marriages concluded under any tradition, or system of religious, personal or family law; and
(b) any system of personal and family law under any tradition, or adhered to by persons professing a particular religion,
to the extent that any such marriages or systems of law are consistent with this Constitution.

Obviously, in this context, Sex’ means gender!!

PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF KENYA
Children

section 53.

(1) Every child has the right –


(f) not to be detained, except as a measure of last resort, and when detained, to be held –

(i) for the shortest appropriate period of time; and


(ii) separate from adults and in conditions that take account of the child’s sex and age.

Obviously, in this context, Sex’ means gender!!

CURRENT CONSTITUTION OF KENYA
Section 70.

Fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual.

Whereas every person in Kenya is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, the right, whatever his race, tribe, place of origin or residence or other local connexion, political opinions, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following, namely—
(a) life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law;
(b) freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly and association; and
(c) protection for the privacy of his home and other property and from deprivation of property without compensation,
the provisions of this Chapter shall have effect for the purpose of affording protection to those rights and freedoms subject to such limitations of that protection as are contained in those provisions, being limitations designed to ensure that the enjoyment of those rights and freedoms by any individual does not prejudice the rights and freedoms of others or the public interest.

Obviously, in this context, Sex’ means gender!!

CURRENT CONSTITUTION OF KENYA
Section 82.

Protection from discrimination on the grounds of race, etc.

(1) Subject to subsections (4), (5) and (8), no law shall make any provision that is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect. [FN: 9 of 1997, s. 9,]

(2) Subject to subsections (6), (8) and (9), no person shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by a person acting by virtue of any written law or in the performance of the functions of a public office or a public authority.

(3) In this section the expression “discriminatory” means affording different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, tribe, place of origin or residence or other local connexion, political opinions, colour, creed or sex whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.

Obviously, in this context, Sex’ means gender!!

An Appeal to the Citizens of the Republic of Kenya: It is Your Patriotic Civic Duty to Register to Vote – by Jayne and Mwalimu Mati

AN APPEAL TO THE CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA: It is your patriotic civic duty to register to vote – by Jayne and Mwalimu Mati

Fellow Citizens of Kenya,

We write to appeal to you, our brothers and sisters, to register to vote for the new proposed Constitution of Kenya at the referendum and for the leaders of your choice at the next general election.

We, like most of you, were born into an independent Kenya and into a constitution that states that Kenya is a democracy, but sadly, we have lived under bad governance and corruption for all our lives.

We write also as parents of two children because we believe that it is our duty as responsible citizens to encourage fellow Kenyans to foster a democratic environment that will create opportunities for our children and all the children of Kenya.

Every patriotic Kenyan citizen shares the responsibility for civic awareness, and civic duty. This is not the work of the media, faith groups, political parties or non-governmental organizations alone.  Every citizen shares the responsibility of working together to foster democracy for the good of our country. At all times citizens must act in the interest of fellow Citizens, because by doing so, we guarantee our own individual and collective interests. Democracy involves providing opportunities for all citizens without discrimination, which also means making decisions for our children who cannot vote until they attain the legal age of 18 years. We have a Constitutional and moral obligation to each other as citizens to make the best decisions on behalf of those who are young Kenyans below the age of 18 years. Every Kenyan Citizen over the age of 18 years (eligible to vote) must register to vote for the new proposed Constitution of Kenya at the referendum and for the leaders of their choice at the next general election.  And every Citizen must encourage their fellow citizens starting at home and at work to do the same.

Your Vote is your democratic and Constitutional right. Our votes allow us as citizens to do certain things or make sure that certain things are done for the benefit of all. It is only with your vote, that you can ensure that we have a “Constitution and government of the Kenyan people, by the Kenyan people, for the Kenyan people.” As Citizens of Kenya, we must play an informed role in the governance of our country. We must empower ourselves by registering to vote, because, it is only through the ballot, that we will make effective decisions about how and who we choose to govern on our behalf. It is only through the ballot that we will get a new Constitution for our country. It is only through the ballot that we will get a lawfully elected Government that will carry out the will of the Kenyan people.

As Citizens of Kenya, we all live together in our country. We therefore need to agree on how to run the affairs of our country. This agreement on how to run our country takes the form of a Constitution of Kenya. This agreement – a set of rules, agreed on by us as citizens binds all persons and is the supreme Law of the Republic. Our current Constitution says that all sovereign power in Kenya belongs to the Citizens of Kenya, and that we exercise this power through the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya. The current Constitution declares the Rights of the Individual citizen and makes the state responsible for guaranteeing those rights.  But our current Constitution needs improvement to undo decades of amendments that weakened our democracy and created opportunities to destroy protective mechanisms and checks and balances.  Past Presidents and Parliaments did this.

We are soon to vote on a new set of rules in the proposed new constitution – how we as citizens want to live with each other and how we want to exercise our sovereign power. Let us make that decision together, as responsible Kenyans who love our country. Voting for the proposed new constitution can be the beginning of a new true democratic era, where we vote and also get involved. Where we say that from now, we, as citizens will share the job of governing our country.

The Proposed new Constitution lays a better foundation for good governance than the current one, which since 1964 has been amended to the benefit of the Presidents of Kenya and their cohorts.  The Proposed new Constitution declares that Kenya is a Sovereign Republic which is founded on Principles of Good Governance through multi party democracy, participatory governance, transparency and accountability, separation and devolution of powers, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the Rule of Law. This is how we as citizens of Kenya want to run our country.

The Proposed new Constitution recognizes that all Kenyans are born equal. That Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of Kenyans Citizens are given by God, and not by the State. That Kenyans have Human Rights because Kenyans are human beings. That protection of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms in the Constitution is because these rights are inalienable and cannot be taken away from us by anyone. And that Kenyans who occupy positions of power are subject to controls, checks and balances to ensure that they do not abuse their fellow citizens’ rights, as has been the case to date.  We as Kenyan Citizens must be ready to defend these rights at any cost.

The Proposed new Constitution in our opinion, strives to achieve the goals of a democratic society; the greatest possible freedom for all Kenyans; A just society; the same rules for all Kenyans; Equality before the law; Respect for the rule of law; and Equal opportunities for all Kenyans.

The Proposed new Constitution has addressed the equitable sharing, distribution, and allocation of public resources for development among all citizens. Kenyan citizens can get rich legally. Kenyans will have the right to: Fair and favourable conditions of work; Equal pay for work of equal value; the right to form and belong to a trade union; and the right to enjoy social security. The Proposed new Constitution has constitutionalised proper fiscal management of public funds and facilitates punishment of those who steal public funds. It deals with corruption firmly.

The Proposed new Constitution has effectively dealt with checks and balances by providing for independent arms of Government and in particular has dealt extensively with an independent Judiciary.

The Proposed new Constitution guarantees in an elaborate enhanced Bill of Fundamental Rights; the right to life, the right to personal freedom, Protection against slavery and forced labour, Protection from inhuman treatment, Protection from property being taken away illegally, Protection against an illegal search or entry, the right to the protection of the law, Freedom of conscience, Freedom of expression, Freedom of association and assembly, Freedom of movement, Freedom from discrimination, the right to participate in political activity without restriction, the right to hold your own views and talk about what you think and believe, the right to relate and socialize, and to move freely without obstruction. It also guarantees political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Over the 20 or more years that Kenyans have fought and even died trying to get a new Constitution, the views of millions of Kenyans have been collected. The Constitution of Kenya Review Commission reported these views in 2002. Summarized Kenyans said:

1. Give us the chance to live a decent life: with our fundamental needs of food, water, clothing, shelter, security and basic education met by our own efforts and the assistance of government.

2. We want a fair system of access to land for the future and justice for the wrongs of the past

3. Let us have more control over the decisions that affect our lives, bring government closer to us – and let us understand better the decisions we can’t make ourselves but which affect us deeply

4. We don’t want power concentrated in the hands of one person

5. We want our MPs to work hard, respect us and our views – and we want the power to kick them out if they don’t

6. We want to be able to choose leaders who have qualities of intelligence, integrity and sensitivity that make them worthy to lead us.

7. We want an end to corruption

8. We want police who respect citizens – so they can be respected by them

9. We want women to have equal rights and gender equity

10. We want children to have a future worth looking forward to – including orphans and street children

11. We want respect and decent treatment for the disabled.

12. We want all communities to be respected and free to observe their cultures and beliefs

13. We assert our rights to hold all sections of our government accountable – and we want honest and accessible institutions to ensure this accountability

It is our humble opinion that the Proposed new Constitution has captured our views and that we must therefore vote in large numbers at the referendum to ensure that it is enacted so that we can secure a brighter future for our children. We must also remember that even with the passing of a new constitution, the rules will bind us all. That no one is above the law; this basically means that all Kenyans are equal before the law and are subject to it. Any Kenyan who makes choices has to make them according to the say so of the law. The new Constitution will only make a difference in our lives if we adhere to the rule of law.

To ensure that the rule of law is respected in Kenya is our civic duty; and the responsibility ultimately lies with the citizens of Kenya. We write to you as fellow patriotic Kenyan citizens who love our country.

Most Sincerely,

Jayne & Mwalimu Mati

Mars Group Kenya

A Citizen’s Perspective on the Harmonised Draft Constitution of Kenya – Securing Human, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Are the Only Basis for the Establishment of a State and a Constitution to Govern It.

A Citizen’s Perspective On The Harmonised Draft Constitution Of Kenya – Securing Human, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Are The Only Basis For The Establishment of A State And A Constitution To Govern It.

Kenya is a Sovereign Republic: The Harmonized Draft Constitution has described Kenya as a Sovereign Republic which is founded on Principles of Good Governance through Multi party democracy, participatory governance, transparency and accountability, separation and devolution of powers, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the Rule of Law.

The purpose of establishing a State and a Constitution: To secure the basic human, economic, social and cultural rights is the purpose of establishing a State and a Constitution. The Constitution declares the Rights of the Individuals and groups and makes the state responsible for guaranteeing those rights. These Rights can be found in the Bill of Rights in Chapter 5 of the current Constitution and in Chapter 6 of the harmonised draft Constitution. The Bill of Rights is not merely an integral part of Kenya’s democratic State; it is the fundamental basis for the establishment of the State. In other words, apart from our securing our Rights as Citizens, there is no other purpose or reason to create a State or a Constitution.

Rights are inalienable and possessed by Kenyans: The purpose of the recognition and protection of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms in the Constitution is because these rights are inalienable and possessed by all Kenyans without regard to their social status, origin or persuasion. The State is therefore required by Kenyan citizens to use all State resources and Institutions to enhance these Rights and the State is prohibited from using its resources and Institutions to curtail these Rights as guaranteed to Kenyans. Rather, all resources owned by the State belong to Kenyans and are to be used for the benefit of Kenyan Citizens in protecting their rights.

All Kenyans are born equal: Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of Kenyans Citizens are given by God, and not by the State. Kenyans have Human Rights because Kenyans are human beings. All these rights are recognised by the entire world and restate that all human beings are born equal. Kenyans through their Government have signed and ratified International Human Rights, Civil and political Liberties, social economic and cultural rights conventions and these international laws are applicable in Kenya. Therefore the State does not give these Rights and cannot legally or lawfully take them away. Our Constitution is supposed to restate these Rights and protect them at all times.

All sovereign power in Kenya belongs to the Citizens of Kenya: All sovereign power in Kenya belongs to the Citizens of Kenya. Citizens exercise this power through the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya. The Constitution is the supreme Law of the Republic that binds all State Organs at all levels of Government and all persons. The Citizens of Kenya may exercise their sovereign power either directly or through their democratically elected representatives, but the sovereign power at all times belongs to the Citizens of Kenya. Everything must be for the good of Kenyan Citizens.

When people live or work together, they agree on how they will run their affairs: Kenya is a defined geographical territory under one government and one set of laws, with its own currency, army, national symbols, system of taxation, etc. It is sovereign – that is, it is politically independent from other states and not subject to outside control. The people who live in Kenya are either citizens of Kenya or citizens of other states legally permitted to live and/or work in Kenya. When people live or work together, they need to agree on how they will run their affairs. In a political state, as well as in some organisations, this agreement takes the form of a CONSTITUTION.

The legislature, the executive and the judiciary: The Kenyan governmentis the machinery through which the state operates. It is made up of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. The legislature makes laws, the executive enforces them and the judiciary interprets and applies them. In a democratic society, the purpose of a lawfully elected government is to carry out the people’s will.

In a democracy, citizens share the job of governing their state: A good description of the meaning of democracy is that given by Abraham Lincoln, the US President who abolished slavery in America, in his famous Gettysburg Address, read at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War: ‘a government of the people, by the people, for the people.’ This implies that in a democracy, citizens share the job of governing their state. Some citizens serve in institutions set up by the Constitution and other laws under the Constitution.  But these citizens are not special – they only have special duties and responsibilities to the rest of their fellow citizens.  Most people know democracy as a form of government in which policy is decided by the favourite choice of the majority, usually by elections or referendum, open to its citizens.  And the policy is implemented by the citizens who work in State institutions.

The Goals of a Democratic Society: Democracy dictates that the following goals are achieved in a democratic Society:-

  • The greatest possible freedom for all;
  • A just society;
  • The same rules for all;
  • Equality before the law;
  • Respect for the rule of law; and
  • Equal opportunities for all.

Democracy needs open-mindedness and agreement between the citizens: In a democracy, cooperation by Citizens is needed, because elections divide the population into ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. It is implied that whoever loses, allows the winners to take power peacefully and without argument. Democracy needs open-mindedness and agreement between the citizens, especially when one group is bigger than all the others. In a democracy, such a majority should not ignore the wishes and needs of members of smaller groups or minorities. Minorities include not just ethnic groups but disadvantaged and people with disabilities. At all times Citizens must act in the interest of their fellow Citizens, that way Citizens will guarantee their own interests.

Every citizen shares the responsibility for civic awareness: Democracy involves providing opportunities for all citizens without discrimination, and sometimes it also means helping some people – those disadvantaged by history, physical disability, or by factors that they can not control such as natural disasters. Democracy also asks citizens to do certain things or make sure that certain things are done. For example, every citizen shares the responsibility for civic awareness, democratic care, and working together for the good of the country.  This very important particularly now that the Harmonised Draft Constitution is now a public document open for public comment.

Democracy provides a base for honesty, fairness and equality: In a democracy, everyone is equal. Democracy turns away any forms of bias and provides a base for honesty, fairness and equality. Justice is a set of rules that provide each person in humanity with basic rights. These include: Human rights, the rule of law, Economic justice, and Gender fairness.

Rule of Law: The idea of the ‘rule of law’ is based on the idea of government by law. This means that no one is above the law; this basically means that all Kenyans are equal before the law and are subject to it. So no one can be punished unless they have broken the law and have been tried through the proper legal process. So, Leaders have to abide by the law. Any Kenyan who makes choices has to make them according to the say so of the law.

All Kenyans are equal before the law and are subject to it: From the President and the Prime Minister and their deputies to the citizen with no public position: Also, the law should apply to everyone equally without any favouritism on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, political association, colour, disability, social status and other physical or social characteristics.

Economic justice means that Kenyan citizens can get rich legally: Economic justice is the equal sharing, distribution and allocation of socio-economic wealth among all citizens.  Economic justice means that Kenyan citizens can get rich legally for the good of the individual and/or for the common good. It requires the state to be fair when allocating public resources for development.  Economic justice includes the right to:

  • Fair and favourable conditions of work;
  • Equal pay for work of equal value;
  • The right to form and belong to a trade union;
  • The right to go on a strike; and
  • The right to enjoy social security.

Citizens give their authority through their elected representatives to be taxed through their income and consumption. The taxes collected by the State are meant to benefit

Fundamental Freedoms and Rights protected by the current Constitution of Kenya:

  • The right to life,
  • The right to personal freedom,
  • Protection against slavery and forced labour,
  • Protection from inhuman treatment,
  • Protection from property being taken away illegally,
  • Protection against illegal search or entry,
  • The right to the protection of the law,
  • Freedom of conscience,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Freedom of association and assembly,
  • Freedom of movement, and
  • Freedom from discrimination

The Harmonised Draft Constitution restates these rights and adds further categories of rights including political, economic, social and cultural fundamental rights.

Political freedom is the ability to:

* the right to participate in political activity without restriction

* hold your own views and talk about what you think and believe,

* relate and socialize

* Move freely without obstruction.

Economic freedom is:

* the ability to own and use property,

* the chance to work and provide for your living, and

* Freedom from forced labour and slavery.

Social freedom is:

* Treating people fairly,

* Privacy

* No cruel treatment.

These democratic freedoms are found in Chapter 6 “The Bill Of Rights” in the Harmonised Draft Constitution of Kenya.

Nothing in the Constitution can take away any of your Rights: The Bill of Rights is essential reading if citizens wish to understand the Draft Constitution. Nothing in the Constitution can take away any of your Rights. The Constitution creates State Organs and delegates Authority to State organs in order to enhance and protect the Rights of Citizens. Nothing in the Constitution can take Sovereign power away from the Citizens of Kenya.  All delegated power is exercised on behalf of the Citizens who elect and choose those who they wish to exercise that power on their behalf.

Constitution is not meant to benefit Politicians at the expense of Citizens: The Constitution is not meant to benefit Politicians at the expense of Citizens. It is therefore important for Citizens to understand the Draft for themselves and not be swayed by Politicians. At the end it is Kenyans who will decide what they want at the referendum. We need a Constitution that will determine how we want to live together as Citizens and how we wish to be governed.

Are we satisfied with what the draft has to say on these views?

Therefore, when reading the Draft, all Citizens must ask the question, “does this provision protect my Rights? Does this provision enhance my Rights?”The test must at all times be whether you the Citizen of Kenya are in charge of your affairs.  Has the Draft addressed the views of Kenyans collected by the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission in 2002? Are we satisfied with what the draft has to say on these views? What do you want added or removed from the Draft?

Send your views to the Committee of Experts on Constitutional review at the contacts below:

Delta House, Chiromo road, Westlands, Nairobi Kenya.

P.O Box 8703 – 00200

Telephone: 020 443 214 – 16

Email: info@coekenya.go.ke

www.coekenya.go.ke

Here is a Summary of Kenyan Views on the Constitution and the chapters where these views are reflected in the Harmonised Draft Constitution

(Summary of Kenyan views as reported in September 2002 by the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission)

1. Give us the chance to live a decent life: with our fundamental needs of food, water, clothing, shelter, security and basic education met by our own efforts and the assistance of government

Read Chapter 6 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

2. We want a fair system of access to land for the future and justice for the wrongs of the past

Read Chapter 7 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

3. Let us have more control over the decisions that affect our lives, bring government closer to us – and let us understand better the decisions we can’t make ourselves but which affect us deeply

Read Chapter 14 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

4. We don’t want power concentrated in the hands of one person

Read Chapter 12 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

5. We want our MPs to work hard, respect us and our views – and we want the power to kick them out if they don’t

Read Chapter 11 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

6. We want to be able to choose leaders who have qualities of intelligence, integrity and sensitivity that make them worthy to lead us.

Read Chapter 9 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

Read Chapter 10 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

7. We want an end to corruption

Read Chapter 9 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

8. We want police who respect citizens – so they can be respected by them

Read Chapter 17 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

9. We want women to have equal rights and gender equity

Read Chapter 6 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

10. We want children to have a future worth looking forward to – including orphans and street children

Read Chapter 6 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

11. We want respect and decent treatment for the disabled.

Read Chapter 6 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

12. We want all communities to be respected and free to observe their cultures and beliefs

Read Chapter 5 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

Read Chapter 6 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

13. We assert our rights to hold all sections of our government accountable – and we want honest and accessible institutions to ensure this accountability

Read Chapter 5 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

Read Chapter 9 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

Read Chapter 15 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

Read Chapter 16 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

Read Chapter 18 of the harmonised draft constitution to see what provisions have been provided by the draft on this view

Down Load the harmonised Draft Constitution here