August 27th 2010, shall for ever remain one of the most memorable days in my life and I believe the same applies to many Kenyans. After a tough fifteen months of drafting and preparing the new Kenyan constitution, which Kenyans approved through a referendum earlier that month, the document that I had helped to churn out as a Member of the Committee of Experts for Constitutional Review (CoE) was indeed my country’s new constitution. That day was very special to me. The day and the experiences leading up to it presented me with an ambivalence of emotions – great pride and distinction for being one of the Kenyan in the eleven member committee that provided stewardship during the successful writing process; and profound humility for the opportunity and support that Kenyans had accorded my colleagues and I during that journey. The new Kenyan Constitution provided a fresh blueprint through which Kenyans could navigate themselves out of an old disappointing order to a new dispensation full of ambition, hope and fulfillment – a belief that many Kenyans had on that day as the president led the country in promulgating the new document. However for me, a voice of restraint and objectivity kept on whispering to the ear of my mind. It hauntingly said (and still does!) – this was the easy bit, a battle has been won but the war continues – bado mapambano!’… Read more

Rights 14

Rights in politics

Rights in politics People with epilepsy also have equal rights to participate in politics. Everyone above the age of 18 has the right to vote during elections or during a referendum (Article 38 CoK). The

Right to driving

Right to driving Everyone who wants to drive a car needs to pass the tests for a driving license. But is it wise to drive if you can get a seizure? How can you decide

Right to work

Right to work Nobody has the right to deny you a job because of your epilepsy. People are only allowed to deny you a job if your epilepsy causes risks in their performance of your

Right to love, sex and marriage

Right to love, sex and marriage The Constitution states that everyone, including people with epilepsy, has the right to equality (Article 27 CoK). This means that everyone has the right to decide whether they want

Right to social interaction

Social interaction is one of the most important needs in life. Social interaction is what we all need to achieve all our other rights, such as the right to have a family, the right to

Right to education

According to (Articles 53 and 55 CoK ) the state has a responsibility to ensure that the youth (between the ages 18 and 35) have access to relevant education and training). When you want to

Freedom of conscience and religion

Just as we are allowed to have our own opinion, each of us also has the right to have our own conscience and religion. There are various views of what is the right conscience and

Freedom of opinion, expression and choice

As we grow up, we’re taught values and norms; what is right and what is wrong. These values and norms are not fixed, in every culture they are different, and even among individuals there are

Right to security

While we make use of our freedom, we also have the right to security wherever we spend our time (Article 29 CoK). This means that nobody has the right to torture anyone in any manner,

Right to freedom

Besides our right to health, it is important to have the right to freedom (Article 29 CoK). This means that nobody has the right to lock someone up. There are instances where people with epilepsy

Right to health

Perhaps the most important right is the right to health; of what importance would the other rights be if we are not healthy enough to make use of them? You can't easily make use of

Equal rights for people with epilepsy

Article 1 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a

Steps to standing up for your rights

What should we do if someone crosses our boundaries? Should we discuss this with the person, or report these occurrences to the police? Rights help us understand what we can and cannot do, and hence

Where can we find our rights?

Where can we find our rights? The current Kenyan Constitution was approved by Kenyans during the referendum in 2010. It contains the rights and obligations, which politicians need to respect as they make decisions. Kenya

Justice, Rights & Obligations

Every country has rights and obligations for their citizens, in order to achieve justice. Justice is the behavior or treatment that people deserve, that protects them from harm and gives them opportunities. Behavior beyond your