Orange Democratic Movement Party today marked five years of the new constitution at the party’s Orange House campus.
The event brought together over one hundred grasssroots leaders and civil society groups to take stock of the implementation process of the new constitution as well as remember the struggles that Kenyans have underwent in fighting for a constitutional and law abiding government.
Speaker after speaker warned that failure to take charge of the constitutional implementation process had given retrogressive forces in the Jubilee regime a leeway to mutilate the constitution through draconian amendments being passed in parliament.
ODM party leader Raila Odinga who is away in Germany joined other Kenyans in celebrating the triump of people’s will, calling on Kenyans to remain vigilant.
“We live in different country from the one we had five years ago, much more different from the one we had years before then. But we are not done,” said an optimistic Odinga.
Odinga said the constitution the constitution has brought within reach of ordinary citizens opportunities that had for long been reserved for just a few citizens
“Our constitution has brought within reach opportunity, growth and improvement in peopleâ€™s lives on a scale never seen before in our history. It has shown the potential and tried to create an inclusive Kenya, bring us together in unity, and ensure that once again, Kenya becomes a home for all Kenyans.Â The Constitution has sought to revive Kenyaâ€™s long shattered national and local institutions of governance”.
ODM chairman John Mbadi warned that new threats to the constitution like corruption and impunity has undermined independent constitutional institutions, making it difficult for such institutions to check on the excesses of the government and protect the rights of the people.
This, Mbadi warned, has made it difficult to achieve the promises that the constitution envisaged, and called on Kenyans to remain vigilant.
Homa Bay Women Representative Hon. Gladys Wanga urged Kenyans to come out in large numbers and register for national IDs and voters cards. During the event, she also launched a new ODM voter mobilization drive dubbedÂ Jitambulishe.
Other leaders who spoke included Â Busia Women Representative Hon. Florence Mutua, ODM MP Opiyo Wandayi, former Nairobi Mayor George Aladwa among others.