I think the green light is on for the red light special
My name is Nyagitu civic educator
Of the newly formed body…
Am a student newly employed
And new to this please make it easy
And they babble on and on
About the document that am struggling to fully understand
Randomly picking issues
That are said to be contentious
Leaving aside those that have a connotation
Or maybe they just don’t think it matters

Article 43… economic and social rights
Clause 1, every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of health
Which includes the rights to health care services including reproductive health

What do they mean including reproductive health
Isn’t health just health, mental physical or otherwise
They lose me when put it that way…
I agree there seem to be some political emotions on the high
Some negative political emotion
But civic education first

Article 21 clause four, the state shall enact and implement legislation to fulfill it’s international obligations in respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Sounds fair enough,
I muse to myself trying to see
Whether or not there might be a booby-trap for me
And for others like me,
Who are really busy , too busy to try and understand the document
And might be missing out on the historic constitutional moment

And though this seem to be the ramblings of an ignorant Kenyan
Truth is I might just vote yes, not because of the
Principles and structure of the national executive,
Or the increased representative number of women,
Or the seemingly great bill of rights
Or even the right without reasonable restrictions to be registered as a voter
But because it is too much hassle to try and argue, comprehend or even make him understand her questions

He might vote no, not because of the
Abortion clause or the Kadhi’s court
But because he heard a politician say women will have equal rights at the time of the marriage during the marriage and he surely can’t imagine ever separating with his wife
What will he’s ego say???

My name is Nyagitu, civic educator
Of the newly formed body…
Am a student, newly employed
And new to this please make it easy

The green light is on for the red light special

I can only imagine how hard it will be for them to civic educate
Those who haven’t read the draft constitution
Please make it easy

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