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Introduction:

The emergence of Kituo cha Katiba (KcK) in 1997 was a logical embodiment of an historic opportunity for the peoples of Eastern Africa to reshape their social contract with their governments. Since the opening up of political space for democratisation in Eastern Africa and Africa as a whole, the people have progressively, though painstakingly, been empowered to hold their governments accountable and have their aspirations, welfare needs and other rights promoted and protected.

The founder members of KcK having recognised that an emerging culture of constitutionalism requires an organisational apparatus and strategic focus in order to make practical progress, commissioned consultations by Center for Basic Research (CBR) that targeted diverse respondents in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The process brought to the fore the imperative for promoting the active participation of civil society in good governance and democratic development and in the process ingrain a culture of constitutionalism.

It is around these guiding principles that strategic interventions were framed by KcK. Additionally, the 1999 East African Treaty establishing the East African Community confirmed KcK’s relevance as a regional body focusing on research, documentation, networking and advocacy on constitutionalism, good governance and democratic development.

Inaugural Kituo cha Katiba Strategic Objectives:

  1. Advance the science, processes and art of constitution making, constitutionalism and democratic governance through basic, comparative and applied research.
  2. Commission state-of-the-art studies on various dimensions of constitution making, constitutionalism and democratic governance in the region.
  3. Promotethe values and an ethos of constitutionalism and gender equality and equity throughout the East African region.
  4. Highlight and address the plight of disadvantaged social, cultural, economic and political groups in the region, including minorities, refugees and people with disabilities.
  5. Collect and compile the testimonies of prominent East Africans intricately involved in the processes of constitutional evolution and development in the region and to foster the contribution of grassroots operatives to these processes.
  6. Host an annual lecture by a prominent East African on constitutionalism and constitutional development in East Africa, and to widely disseminate the text of the lecture though out the region and beyond.
  7. Undertake information collection, data banking, archiving, publication and dissemination through the mechanism of seminars, workshops and conferences, and to promote the use of new forms of media and electronic technology in fostering public debate and dialogue.
  8. Create and maintain a directory of individuals and institutions committed to the ideals of constitutionalism and democratic governance.
  9. Encourage, support and facilitate the reform of school and university curricula incorporating aspects relating to constitution making, constitutionalism and democratic governance.
  10. Act as a regional watchdog for the protection, promotion and enhancement of constitution making, constitutionalism and democratic governance.

Founding and Former Board Members:

    Founding Members:

    • Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, Kenya
    • Dr. Willy Mutunga, Kenya
    • Prof. Chris Maina Peter, Tanzania
    • Fr. John Mary Waliggo, Uganda
    • Hon. Lady Justice Solomy B. Bossa, Uganda
    • Prof. J. Oloka-Onyango, Uganda

    Former Board Members:

    Burundi
    • Prof. Gervais Gatunange
    • Ms. Jocelyn Nahimana
    Kenya
    • Ms. Betty Kaari Murungi
    • Ms. Lynn Muthoni Wanyeki
    • Mr. Lawrence Mute
    • Prof. Winne Mitullah
    • Mr. Ezra Mbogori
    Tanzania Mainland
    • Mr. Evod Mmanda
    • Prof. Rose Shayo
    • Ms. Ummy Mwalimu
    • Dr. Tulia Ackson
    • Dr. Aderlardus Kilangi
    Tanzania Zanzibar
    • Mr. Salum Toufiq
    • Mr. Maalim Mahadhi
    • Mr. Ali Uki
    Uganda
    • Hon. Sarah Bagalaaliwo
    • Ms. Jane Nabunnya

    Secretariat:

    Inaugural Secretariat (1997 - 1999):

    • Ms. Harriet Busingye - Executive Director
    • Ms. Damalie Nakate – Youth Officer
    • Ms. Margaret Kalule – Secretary
    • Mr. W. Nsubuga -  Accountant
    • Ms. Ann Nakonde – Asst. Accountant
    • Mr. Matovu – Driver

    Former Executive Directors:

    • Ms. Harriet Busingye
    • Ms. Maria Nassali
    • Ms. Judy Kamanyi