Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta led the nation in marking this year’s “Heroes Day” October 20, 2020 by calling for a constitutional consensus that accommodates all communities and entrenches equity and national unity.
Kenyatta said constitutional consensus was key to entrenching equity and national unity and reiterated his caution against rigidity that breeds negative and divisive politics.
“Our Founding Fathers and constitutional heroes did not intend our constitutional order to enslave us. They constructed it to serve us. And when it ceased to serve us, we are meant to borrow from the example of our Founding Fathers and rethink it,” he said in Kisii County in western Kenya.
The president’s remarks come as debate is raging in Kenya on whether or not to amend the 2010 constitution, fuelled by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), a project aimed at fostering national unity initiated by Kenyatta and opposition leader, Raila Odinga.