In Kenya, renewed movement pushes to revisit key sections of constitution

By Victor Abuso, 30 August 2023
Constitutional Lawyer Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba (photo credit: Asaase Radio)
Constitutional Lawyer Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba (photo credit: Asaase Radio)
Thirteen years since the promulgation of Kenya’s constitution, lawyer PLO Lumumba is leading a movement to revisit key sections, igniting the possibility of a referendum. As Kenya marked the 13th anniversary of the promulgation of its new constitution on 27 August, constitutional lawyer Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba (PLO Lumumba), is spearheading renewed calls for constitutional amendments. [...] He and other eminent figures have formed a pressure group, named Promoters of Popular Initiative, to start discussions that will lead to a referendum. The chapters they want revisited are Governance, Leadership and Integrity, Representation, the Electoral Commission and the Structure of Devolution. “We must have a constitutional moment. There is an opportunity to reexamine the constitution,” Lumumba said, adding that the time is ripe for the constitution to be reevaluated by engaging the people directly. To kick off the process, the pressure group intends to initiate a signature campaign drive, in accordance with Article 257 of the constitution. They need to get at least one million registered voter signatures through a popular initiative that will lead to a referendum.
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