Adhere to Constitution, Rule of Law: Christian Workers to Kenya’s Incoming Government

Logo Kenya Christian Professionals Forum (KCPF). Credit: KCPF

Members of the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum (KCPF) are calling upon the political leaders elected following Kenya’s general elections to adhere to the country’s constitution and the rule of law.

In a statement issued following the 12th anniversary of the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, KCPF members say many problems in the East African nation rise from the disregard of the rule of law, “which has increased impunity, corruption, resistance to accountability and lack of transparency in the quest to serve Kenyans under our constitutional dispensation.”

Kenya has been marking Katiba (Constitution) Day every August 27 since 2010 when the nation’s new Constitution was promulgated.

“We note that this year's Katiba Day comes 18 Days after the general elections. This is an opportune time to remind the incoming regime that we expect a government that will maintain fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law,” KCPF members say in a statement signed by their chairman, Charles Kanjama.

The representatives of Christian workers in Kenya add that the new government needs to pay attention to “the pain, aspirations and dreams the Kenyan society had when it promulgated the Constitution of Kenya 2010.” 


“As Kenyans, we cherish our Constitution which is the supreme and most valuable instrument of governance, wherein we expect all state actors to respect the same to foster good governance,” they say in the statement circulated Monday, August 29.

Kenya’s problems are as a result of wanton disregard to the rule of law, court orders and constitutionalism, which has increased impunity, corruption, resistance to accountability and lack of transparency in the quest to serve Kenyans under our constitutional dispensation.

In the statement, KCPF members reflect on the August 9 general elections and its outcome, including petitions that have been filed at the Nairobi-based Supreme Court citing illegalities and irregularities in the Presidential election results

They call on judges in the country to decide election petitions “with truth and fairness”.

The Christian workers also laud Kenyans for remaining calm and peaceful before and after the polls that saw the election of Members of County Assembly (MCAs), Senators, Governors, Women Representatives, Members of Parliament (MPs), and the President. 

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“We wish to commend the citizens of Kenya for remaining calm throughout this election period. We specially thank the people of Kenya for voting peacefully and going back to their families and work,” they say. 

They commend Kenyans for “upholding peace and for refusing to engage in any form of violence, which could have jeopardized the stability of the economy.”

KCPF members also acknowledge with appreciation faith-based leaders for their “coordinated efforts towards mediation, justice, peace and prosperity, before, during and after the election period.”

While they express their awareness of the fact that the faith leaders' efforts come with challenges, the Christian professionals urge them not to tire. 

“Please accept our warm appreciation for the tremendous work you have been doing since the commencement of the electoral process till this far. We wish to assure you of our prayers and support. We pray that the Lord keeps strengthening you as you pursue this noble task,” they say.


The Christian professionals also express gratitude to political leaders for conducting themselves in an orderly manner during the electioneering period. 

“We applaud you for respecting the role of institutions such as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), media, security organs and the Judiciary,” KCPF members say.

They add, “We commend all other political leaders, who won and those who lost and conceded graciously and who felt that their loss was unjust, for following the right channels in pursuing resolutions to the electoral disputes.”

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.