What a historic day for Kenya… when we enact our first post-independence constitution. Commonly referred to by many as the birth of the ‘second republic’, it is a dream come true for many Kenyans who have longed for change and yet felt it was ‘not yet Uhuru’. Felt that independence had been hijacked, colonialism repackaged and injustice entrenched.
On this day, Kenyans see the turning of a corner, the beginning of an era, the waking as if from a long troubled sleep. All their hopes and dreams are focused on a ceremony today that promises to match or trump our celebration of independence from the British in 1963. Most of us were not alive for that one and so we’re aiming to witness today’s keenly, so that we can tell future generations ‘we were there’!
On this day, as this great ship launches into the deep blue yonder, carrying our hopes and expectations, our prayer is…
Lord, may none hijack Kenya’s freedom again. May justice and equality become our legacy. May negative ethnicity and unchecked impunity finally be defeated. And may this grand nation rise from the ashes of its divided past like a phoenix reborn, and fulfill her great destiny of being a blessing for the sake of the nations around her.
O God of all creation
Bless this, our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders