Chapter One of the Kenyan Constitution 2010 begins with – “All sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya and shall be exercised only in accordance with this Constitution”
Sovereign power, in layman’s language means supreme power or ultimate power.
With such a simple explanation, it is very ironical how it is written in the constitution (in my own opinion).
Most of us, Kenyans, know of this common maxim “politics is a dirty game”. It is clear that the saying is so much illustrated in the country.
After Kenyan citizens elect leaders, the latter fully ascend to the ‘throne’. Most of them behave as though we have a Monarchical government yet we have a Democratic government. In any case, maybe we, the voters, are the ones in the wrong, who knows?
Anyway, those of us who are left out as ‘regular’ citizens usually have a hard time to showcase their “sovereign power”. Whenever citizens take action to air their views, the government’s response is mostly “the government will look into that matter”. No matter how small or minute the issue raised may be, the government procrastinates it and focus on what they take to be ‘more’ important (I wonder what is more important than those who vote them to power). This same government works under the same constitution that states “all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya”.
Who are political leaders? Who are ‘regular’ Kenyan citizens? Aren’t these two groups the people of Kenya? I thought the Kenyan Constitution 2010 Chapter 4 Section 27(1) states that :-Every person is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law. Have you seen this equality among the people of Kenya? I may be wrong but this similar Constitution gives me the freedom of expression. I rest my case on that.