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Lobbies criticise Uhuru, Raila handshake declaration - 14 Maý 2018 19:04

Brian Okinda

Three lobbies have poked holes in the statement issued on March 9, 2018 made by President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC), Right2Know Initiative and Uhaki Dialogue Group say the ‘handshake declaration’ between the two leaders failed to acknowledge the fact that several key provisions of the Constitution that should develop democracy, remain diluted and unimplemented.

This, they say, has compromised the independence, professionalism, and power of crucial public institutions. They said this has eroded the basis and mechanisms of implementing the principle of popular sovereignty, the enforcement of citizen’s rights, and provision of peaceful means of resolving electoral disputes. 

“We note that institutions established by the Constitution central to the exercise of democracy continue to be weakened, lack of transparency and suffer from low credibility. Thereby addressing Kenyans’ demands is in effect largely inefficient and hence deep-seated social problems persist despite ...
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