Primers

KDP primers consist of two-page summaries that aim to inform the public on the four constitutional promises that informs KDPs' work.

Primer on promise one: Public Participation

The Constitution of Kenya 2010 identifies public participation as a national value and provides a strong legal foundation for the participation of citizens in their own governance at both the national and county levels (Article 37, 69,119,197,201). Article 174 not only recognizes the rights of communities to manage their own affairs in the furtherance of their development but also explicitly declares that devolution aims to give power of self-governance to the people of the State and in making decisions affecting them. 

 

 

Primer on promise two: Integrity

The fact that public service in Kenya has long been characterized by corruption and value-less leadership than by equitable, impartial, merit-based and efficient service delivery is indisputable. To create a new reality, the Constitution of Kenya 2010 entrenched the principles integrity, accountability, and good governance amongst the core values that bind all public officers in the performance of their duties, and at all times. The Kenya Dialogues Project recognizes that as a national value, integrity is an obligation both for those in public service as well as the citizens.   

 

 

Primer on promise three: Equality

The Kenyan Constitution holds the promise for an equal, just and fair society. Article 27 guarantees equal benefit and protection before the law, regardless of race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, health status, ethics or social origin, colour, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dressing, language or birth. Article 27 (6) further provides affirmative action and states mechanisms to redress past injustices. Special consideration is given to children, persons with disabilities, youth, minorities and marginalized groups and older persons as stipulated in Articles 53, 54, 55 and 57 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. 

 

 

Primer on promise four: Devolution

Since independence, distribution of resources and access to basic services has been unequal across different regions in Kenya. Sessional Paper No. 10 of 1965: African Socialism and its application to planning in Kenya formed the basis for the skewed development that underlies inequality in Kenya. The policy set out to channel more resources to areas that were highly productive i.e. the former White Highlands and Nairobi, as they would deliver the highest return on investment. The policy was also based on a trickle down economic ideology that assumed that the high return on investment would trickle down to less productive areas of the country.