Kenya’s new constitution has invited citizens to comment about what is affecting them. There is a higher level of openness coming around the corner—no longer is it the preserve of government to implement programmes without inviting public comment. Now, the people want to be involved right from the word ‘go’.
Kenya is not alone in experiencing this higher level of participative government. Many economies in the world are experiencing problems and citizens are the ones to suffer. Think about the political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, or the debt crisis in Western Europe, or the mortgage finance crisis in America. We’re learning that it’s very important to seek the views of people and Kenya is no different from anywhere else in that regard.