By Lonah Kibet
The chairperson of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution, Charles Nyachae has called for the establishment of a mechanism to protect children, and women who are adversely affected when conflicts arise.
He said there must be mechanisms put in place to ensure that they are protected and that their lives are not put in jeopardy.
“We all have the responsibility of safeguarding the lives of all Kenyans but more so the women, children and marginalized groups in the country,” said Nyachae.
He said we all have the responsibility to uphold the constitution as required of us by making reforms our focal point.
He said the Government and other related institutions must remain accountable and serve only the interests of the constitution and ensure that next year we have a peaceful and fair electoral process adding that next years’ general election would gauge where we are as a country.
“As we move to elections the government must be seen to maintain absolute fidelity in the implementation of the constitution. Next year after elections we will know if we have been successful in moving from the old order of doing things to the new order,” he said.
He said apart from the government playing its part all Kenyans have a responsibility in the constitution to ensure the right channels are used in solving issues.
“It is only by obeying the letter and spirit of the constitution that we will be reminded that we have institutions and systems to address conflict issues when they arise. We need to develop a culture of the constitution,” said Nyachae.
He asked the faith-based organisations to find their voices again and not wait until conflicts arise.
Nyachae said that they played a big role in promoting peace but somewhere along the way they slowed down.