This Is What Kenyans Think 5 Years After Adopting The New Constitution

  • Kenyans today mark 5 years since the promulgation of the new constitution.

    The day dubbed, Katiba Day, is seen by many as a time to reflect on the progress the country has made in implementig and upholding the constitution.

    A survey report shows that most Kenyans still have confidence in the constitution.

    The Ipsos survey indicates that, 24 per cent of the Kenyans interviewed would not want the Constitution changed in any way.

    On the other hand 26 per cent were “not sure” whether they would want it changed at all, or in which way it should be changed.

    Devolution has been highlighted as the greatest achievement of the constitution.

    From the survey, Kenyans find that the devolution of services such as health was a step in the right direction.

    This, even as the health sector continues to face a crisis following several strikes in the country.

    The striking health workers' main complaints being salary increments and pending promotions.

    In a report on Classic 105, some officials suggested that health workers should be handled by the national government while the health services remain at the county level to avoid the recurrent strikes.

    In regards to devolution, The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) of Kenya is expected to launch their report 'Sustaining the Momentum" in Kisii highlighting gains of Devolution in the country.

    A question posed to respondents on the replacement of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had only one in 10 of the 2,002 respondents saying they would want the commission replaced.

    Disatisfaction with the electoral body was recorded high among respondents who said were supporters of CORD, The Nation reports.

    The respondents, supporters of both CORD and Jubilee, said they would want to see the number of elected leaders reduced.

    According to the survey a large number of Kenyans still do not have sufficient knowledge of the constitution.

    Using the hashtag #KatibaDay on social media sites, Kenyans - mostly the youth - revealed that they had not read the consttitution, and those that had read it did not understand it.