Theme: constitutional amendments: a citizen centric approach and proactive citizenship: the way forward for Kenya.
Public Forum Report ~~ 13th September 2019
Theme: constitutional amendments: a citizen centric approach and proactive citizenship: the way forward for Kenya. Report by Allan Induswe
The political push-pull agenda, proposed and being campaigned for from a section of top Kenyan political elites, concerns “constitutional amendment”. The Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) organized a public forum on the issue on 13 September 2019, with a view to grasping what this issue entails and to bring academics, the public, professionals and civil organizations to come and dialogue on it. One area it focused involved the place of the citizens in the entire process of making and effecting a constitutional change. Among the issues of importance at the forum was the conversation about peace and security, which have always been key issues during any political campaigns and electioneering period in Kenya.
Could the conversation begin with sentiments about peace before the 2022 general election? During the discussion, civic awareness and participation were highlighted as issues that leave much to desire. Civic education and civilian inclusion were suggested as fundamental elements for citizens to make informed political decisions on issues (e.g., constitutional amendment) that significantly touch their lives.
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