Having played a key role as a member of the constitutional reference group in the drafting and run up to the referendum and subsequent promulgation of Constitution of Kenya 2010, we shift our focus to safeguarding the gains in this new Constitution which promises to Kenyans a new dawn. The Constitution of Kenya 2010 is progressive and rights-based offering an opportunity to build a human rights state and society. It introduces a devolved government thereby opening up room for greater citizen participation as well as need for greater accountability from all duty bearers at all levels.
With this shift, focus is on entrenching activities around the following four themes areas: devolution and public participation; equality and non-discrimination; security and judiciary; and progressive leadership. In this framework, Accountability, Participation and Equality and Non-discrimination are the outcomes KHRC wants to realise. Delivery on these elements would result in good governance which would cascade towards the realisation of a human rights state and society in Kenya.
Thus programmatically, KHRC will organise its work for 2011/12 around three themes namely: Justice; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and Equality and Non-discrimination. The fourth theme will be organisational sustainability as it transitions into the next four-year Strategic Plan as well as working in the new constitutional dispensation. These themes are expected to deliver on the year’s goal.