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Kenyans mark first anniversary of life changing moment

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Exactly one year ago today, Kenyans welcomed the promulgation of a new Constitution, with huge individual and national expectations.

And the journey since August 27, 2010 has been bumpy but with landmark reforms.Unprecedented public recruitment of top government officers, reduction of Presidential powers, enhanced rights of people in remand, more women in key positions and an assertive public are some of the highlights marking the one year of the Constitution.On Friday, Parliament held extra-ordinary sessions in the morning and afternoon in a rush to beat the one year deadline for the enactment of dozens of laws related to the constitution.At State House Nairobi, President Kibaki witnessed the swearing in of Supreme Court judges, one of the highlights of sweeping reforms in the judiciary.The Supreme Court will be the highest court in the land with the exclusive mandate of resolving election disputes. It will be chaired by the Chief Justice and its rulings will be final and not subject to appeals.One year down the road, Kenyans have witnessed sweeping changes in the judiciary and the executive, including the open, transparent and competitive recruitment of the Chief Justice, the deputy CJ and the judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts and the new Director of Public Prosecutions.