This article and video confirms the signs of voting that occurred in Kenya in the last two weeks. Not only did Kenyans vote on a draft of the new constitution but today is was ratified and signed by President Kibaki in Uhuru Park, where thousands of Kenyans came to witness it.
It was a turn around from the previous political state of the 2007 elections, where after a 3 day black out, citizens heard Kibaki being sworn in over the radio. This instead was joyous moment, that Kenyans got to particiapte in throughout the process. It is an amazing step for restructuring and growing Kenya as a country.
As stated, this constitution, although addressing many issues, most importantly confronts the istory of corruption within the government. With the new steps to decentralize power Kenya hopes to avoid such practices in the future and promote fair developement and policies for all. The model is similar to the Western model as well, now incorporating a Senate into the poicitcal structure.
The signing of the constitution is not only a truimph in overcoming corruption, but also is a sign that Kenyans can place their ethnic identities on the backburner when dealing with politics. Prime Minister Raila, a Luo and President Kibaki, a kikuyu, come from two tribes known to be opponets int he political atmosphere ever since independence in 1963. This day is a symbol of a bridge being built between the two to work together and achieve a goal that is benefical to all tribes and Kenyans.
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