As you may have seen in the news over the last few days, yesterday the 4th August 2010 marked the day when all Kenyan citizens voted Yes or No to a new constitution. This has been a big deal here as it is the first constitution since Independence and marks Kenya’s future. Check out the best summary on the details of the constitution.
So, what does it mean for us?
We closed the SOKO workshop yesterday and today. Yesterday, 4th August was marked a National Holiday and today we continue to be closed. I am not one for scaremongering, actually I can be quite the opposite, but I was advised to close. The last time the country had a national vote in December 2007 there was horrendous violence and over 1000 people died. We all believe that this time there will be peace. Everyone I have spoken to says ‘We have all learnt our lesson’, the Government officials are promoting peace and the police are out in force but the complexity of tribal divisions and underlying tensions are still here.
The news is reporting that the Yes vote looks to be in lead by over 60% – we will not know the results until later today – following the answer we pray for peace.
All going well we open tomorrow and wow do we have a lot to do…..