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Academic workshop on constitutional implementation opens in Maseno University


Participants during  the Academic workshop on constitutional implementation at Maseno University

Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) in partnership with Maseno University is holding the first workshop that is intended to get academics involved in debating the implementation of the devolved system of the government in Kenya. The workshop runs from 8th- 10th April 2015 at the Kisumu hotel.

The three day workshop themed “Deepening Constitution in Kenya: Engagement of the Academia” aims to sustain debate on constitutionalism, establish a centre of dialogue to facilitate the debate  and  public engagement on constitutionalism beyond CIC level and to facilitate research and documentation on devolved system of government.

Renowned constitutional scholar and former Chairman of the Constitution Referendum Committee Prof. Yash Pal Ghai in his key note address expressed concern that academicians in Kenya have not actively participated in the implementation of the constitution.

He further emphasized that to uphold the concept of constitution it is key to respect human rights and rule of law. “Constitution is aimed at giving social justice to the people, regulating obligations of the state, improve the lives of the people and involving citizens in the petition and participation in governance,” he added.

The Chairman of Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution Mr. Charles Nyachae appreciated the role academic institutions have historically played in the push for better governance in the country sometimes through opposition to authoritarian government.

In a speech read on his behalf by Commissioner Kamotho Waiganjo, he said the constitution implementation process is well on course despite numerous challenges. “The process is naturally fraught with numerous handicaps but remains on course on the most critical elements of the journey of transforming Kenya”, he said.  Mr. Nyachae explained that the CIC is mandated to monitor, facilitate and oversee the implementation of the constitution including, critically, the implementation of the devolved system of government.
Maseno University Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Dominic Makawiti, pointed out that universities are pillars and fulcrums of debates .With mushrooming quacks in the name of political analysts that have no ideas on the constitution infiltrating the political system, a consultancy of academicians who have knowledge in the matters affecting the nation is required.“Is it not the academia that is the light of the society?” he questioned.

Participants to the workshop are scholars from various universities in the country including Maseno University, University of Nairobi, Strathmore, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Technical University of Kenya, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Rongo University College, Masai Mara University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology among others.